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Ethanol Training & Emergency Response

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) with members of the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) created an ethanol emergency safety training course. It is designed for emergency responders in communities where ethanol is manufactured, stored, or shipped. 

I. An Introduction to Ethanol Training

Gain knowledge related to ethanol and ethanol-blended fuels. Also, learn about ethanol chemical and physical properties, transportation modes, transfer operations, and basics of foam, suggested responder tactics and strategies, and environmental issues.

II. Ethanol and Ethanol-Blended Fuels

Understand the use and growth of ethanol and ethanol-blended fuels in the United States.

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III. Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Ethanol and Hydrocarbon Fuels

Learn about the chemical and physical differences between gasoline, ethanol, and ethanol-blended fuels.

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IV. Transportation and Transfer

Understand how ethanol-blended fuels are transported and transferred, as well as where the most likely points for error in these actions typically exist.

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V. Storage and Dispensing Locations

Understand the common locations for storage and dispensing of ethanol-blended fuels.

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VI. Fire Fighting Foam Principles

Learn about the firefighting strategies and foam-use tactics for controlling and fighting fires associated with ethanol-blended fuels.

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VII. General Health and Safety Considerations

Learn about the potential spill control methods, proper personal protective equipment (PPE), and detection and monitoring devices for responding to ethanol-blended fuel incidents.

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VIII. Storage and Pre-Planning Considerations

Understand the important of pre-planning considerations and how it relates fighting or containing fires at tank farms and bulk storage facilities.

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IX. Emergency Response Considerations

It’s important for emergency responders to understand what ethanol is and the different challenges that ethanol and ethanol-blended fuels pose to them. Traditional methods of fighting gasoline fires are not effective in combating fires involving ethanol or ethanol-blended fuels. It’s essential for responders to become familiar with the use, transport and storage, and extinguishment of ethanol and ethanol-blended fuel fires.

X. Responding to Ethanol Incidents

Learn how to best fight an ethanol or ethanol-blended fuel fire.

XI. Ethanol Tank Car Walkaround

Get an overview of tank car features including reporting marks, bottom outlet valves, “A” end and “B” end of a tank car, placarding; protective housings, valves, induction line (liquid line), and manway. Learn the difference between non-jacketed (bare skin) and jacketed tank cars.

XII. Tank Car Loading and Unloading