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Ammonia Emergency Response Training & Live-Release Drill

Training Event


230 Government Center Drive
New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center
Wilmington NC 28403

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Training includes:

  • Classroom instruction and live release ammonia drill (no-drill entry)
  • Certificates upon successful completion will be emailed following the event

Note: The ammonia leak for observation only will be held at another location, the address will be provided at the training. All attendees need to report to the classroom portion of training in the morning. You are responsible for your own transportation between training locations, if you need a ride between locations, please email to determine availability.  

Attendee Level

  • Awareness Level 
  • Operations Level
  • Technician Level or Ammonia Specialist 

You only need to register for one session. Each session will present the same information and is intended to cover multiple fire department shifts. 

Event Focus

Featured Topics:

  • Railroad 101 + ICS During Rail Incidents
  • AskRail® Mobile App
  • Anhydrous Ammonia Overview
    • Properties
    • Routes of Exposure
    • Health Effects
    • First Aid
  • Containers/Bulk and Non-Bulk Packaging
    • Markings/Placards/Labels
  • Ammonia Processes
  • Types of Ammonia Releases
  • Ammonia Response Tactics
    • Control/Containment (Discussion-Only)
    • ER Guide Cards
    • Tarp & Cover (Discussion-Only)


Classroom Sessions: 

Railroad 101 + ICS During Rail Incidents: Learn about railroad operations, hazards, and safety rules. Rail hazmat safety and emergency response procedures are reviewed, along with how railroads can integrate unto your unified command structure and the resources available to you when responders to an incident on or near the railroad.  

AskRail® Mobile App: Learn about The AskRail smartphone app - a safety tool giving first responders immediate access to accurate, timely data about what type of hazardous materials a railcar is carrying.  

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.

Field Exercise:

Ammonia Drill: Live release of ammonia.

Important Details

Important Details 

Be at the site by 8:30 AM for registration. Class will begin promptly at 9:00AM.

Please see attached the Parking PDF. 


  • New Hanover County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
  • New Hanover County Emergency Management
  • Stepan
  • CSX Transportation
  • Tanner Industries, Inc.


Erica Bernstein Fischer
Mobile  804-357-4758
David Binder
Tanner Industries, Inc.
Phone  215-322-1238, Ext 2280
Jason Fuller
New Hanover County Emergency Management
Phone  (910) 798-6913