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Hazmat & Transportation Training w/Live Release Ammonia Drill

Training Event


York County Community College
112 College Dr.
Wells ME 04090

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Training includes:

  • Classroom instruction and live release ammonia drill
  • MC-406 trailer will be onsite for an overview during training. Trailer provided by: Kenan Advantage Group, Inc.
  • Complimentary lunch

You only need to register for one training session. All topics and the drill are covered within each 8-hour session.

Attendee Level

  • All Attendees/All Levels (Railroad 101, Understanding Tank Cars, Highway Cargo Trailers)
  • Technician Level or Ammonia Specialist (Ammonia Drill – Entry)
  • Operations Level (Ammonia Drill – Decon & Air Monitoring)
  • Awareness Level (Ammonia Lecture + may observe the drill from a safe distance)

Event Focus

Featured topics:

  • Types of Ammonia Releases
  • Railroad 101
  • Understanding Cargo Trailers
  • Anhydrous Ammonia Overview
    • Properties
    • Routes of Exposure
    • Health Effects
    • First Aid
  • Containers/Bulk and Non-Bulk Packaging
    • Markings/Placards/Labels
  • Ammonia Processes
  • Ammonia Response Tactics
    • Control/Containment
    • ER Guide Cards
    • Tarp & Cover



Classroom Sessions:

Railroad 101: Learn about railroad operations, hazards, and safety rules. Rail hazmat safety and emergency response procedures are reviewed. Presented by: CP Rail

Ammonia Properties & Emergency Response:An overview of anhydrous ammonia, including its chemical and physical properties, placards, labels, containers, tank construction, and the hazards and potential outcomes associated with an anhydrous ammonia incident. Presented by: Tanner Industries, Inc. 

Field Exercises:

Field Exercise 1 (Understanding Tank Cars): Learn about the anatomy of general service and pressure tank cars including protective housings; tank components; safety appliances; jacket, shell, and head construction; placards and markings. Presented by: CP Rail

Field Exercise 2 (Understanding Cargo Trailers): Conducted using a MC 406 cargo trailer. This training focuses on familiarization with various valves and fittings on cargo trailers, and potential leak points. Presented by: Kenan Advantage

Ammonia Live-Release Drill: Live release ammonia drill for participants to practice and perform basic control and confinement operations, including tarp and cover. Decontamination and air monitoring will also be incorporated into the drill. Presented by: Tanner Industries, Inc. 


Important Details

Required PPE for Drill Participants (MUST BRING WITH YOU):

  • Operations Level Drill Participants: Turnout Gear or Level B, plus thermal gloves & chemical gloves
  • Technician Level Drill Participants: Level A or Encapsulated Level B + plus thermal gloves & chemical gloves. You can utilize Level A suits that are expired or did not pass pressure test at this drill. No Level A training suits are allowed. 
  • For any questions related to PPE for the drill, please email our lead ammonia instructor David Binder at

*Must be Technician Level to enter the live release area of the ammonia drill.

*Operations Level can participate in decontamination and air monitoring.

Please advise the instructor(s) of any pre-existing medical condition(s) that may preclude you from participating in any field exercise. Stay hydrated and alert.

Be at the site by 8:00 AM for registration. Class will begin promptly at 8:30AM.

You MUST pre-register for this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins at this training.


  • Tanner Industries, Inc.
  • Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
  • Kenan Advantage


Erica Bernstein

2900 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church VA 22042

Phone  703-741-5524
Mobile  804-357-4758
Roger Hooper
York County Office of Fire & EMS Assistance

901 Goosley Rd.
Yorktown VA 23690

Phone  207-459-2496
Mobile  207-432-0390
Clem Wm. Schimikowski
Canadian Pacific Rail (CP Rail)

200 Clifton Corporate Parkway
Clifton Park NY 12065

Phone  518-383-7200 x 234
Mobile  518-930-1772