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07/09/2009
Ethanol Emergency Response Training Now Available

For Immediate Release:
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Taryn Morgan - tmorgan@ethanolrfa.org

Ethanol Emergency Response Training Now Available


July 9, 2009 - Washington, D.C. – Safety is the top priority of America’s ethanol industry and those who transport and bring ethanol to the marketplace. It is with this commitment in mind that the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) has compiled and released the Complete Training Guide for Ethanol Emergency Response, to help prepare ethanol producers, transporters and first responders who may experience or come in contact with an ethanol-related emergency.

This complete training package includes two videos, an instructor’s guide, interactive workshops and seven modules and PowerPoint presentations, each focusing on a specific and important aspect of ethanol response. Guidelines are also given for fire departments and first responders that have ethanol production facilities in their communities.

As the ethanol industry continues to expand to all parts of the country, it is inevitable that most American’s will encounter ethanol one way or another. It is important that those responsible for the safety of these communities are well prepared and trained for responding to ethanol related emergencies. This training package is extremely beneficial with information about ethanol and other fuel related incidents, giving first responders the knowledge and training they require.

“Ethanol has become an integral component of America’s fuel supply. As such, transportation of this renewable fuel has become more frequent throughout the United States. Despite all efforts to prevent accidents, there is the possibility of one happening, and it is essential that the first responders act immediately to the ethanol emergency incident as fully prepared as possible to deal with the situation,” says Kristy Moore, Director of Technical Services for the Renewable Fuels Association.

Moore continued, “We are proud of the collaborative efforts of all the stakeholders in the EERC to make this resource available. Preventing just one injury makes all the resources invested in this effort worthwhile.”

The Complete Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response is now available at the EERC website. To download, please visit: http://www.ethanolresponse.com/resources.html

The Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) was formed to support safety concerns with the transporting and handling of renewable fuels—specifically ethanol and ethanol blended fuels. As increasing amounts of renewable fuels are produced, it is critical that first responders have the knowledge necessary to respond to these incidents. The EERC consists of organizations representing emergency responders and the industry including the Renewable Fuels Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Liquid Terminals Association, Ansul Fire Protection, Industrial Fire World and Williams Fire Hazard Control.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristy Moore at kmoore@ethanolrfa.org. To reserve a hard copy of the Complete Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response, please contact Taryn Morgan at tmorgan@ethanolrfa.org.
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