RFA to co-host ethanol safety seminar in Boardman, Ore.

By Renewable Fuels Association | September 09, 2013

The Renewable Fuels Association and the Oregon State Police — Office of State Fire Marshal will co-host a free Ethanol Safety Seminar on Sept. 16 at the SAGE Center in Boardman, Ore. There will be a morning session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an evening session from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The morning session will be followed by an optional tour of the Pacific Ethanol Inc. production plant at the Port of Morrow. Registration is limited to the first 100 people per session. Lunch and dinner will be provided. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to attendees at the completion of the course.

This course was developed to give first responders, hazmat teams, and safety personnel an in-depth look at proper training techniques needed when responding to an ethanol-related emergency. A majority of this training is based on the “Complete Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response,” a training package created by the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition that has been distributed throughout the United States and to several countries worldwide.

“Safety within the ethanol industry is of the utmost importance,” said Kristy Moore, RFA’s vice president of technical services. “Preparation in education must be the first step for first responders, and we strongly encourage all those with responsibilities inside their communities pertaining to the industry to attend this seminar.”

The Ethanol Safety Seminar focuses on numerous important areas of ethanol safety including an introduction to ethanol and ethanol-blended fuels, chemical and physical characteristics of ethanol and hydrocarbon fuels, transportation and transfer of ethanol-blended fuels, storage and dispensing locations, firefighting foam principles and ethanol-blended fuel, health and safety considerations for ethanol-blended fuel emergencies and tank farm and bulk storage fire incidents.

Register for the seminar here

The RFA has been co-hosting Ethanol Safety Seminars throughout 2013. There are four remaining seminars scheduled for the year. They will take place on Sept. 24-25 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Oct. 23-24 in Tacoma, Wash.; Oct. 29 in Albuquerque, N.M.; and Nov. 14 in Pipestone, Minn.

For more information on ethanol emergency response, visit the EERC website.