The grants to improve training by working closely with partners in the emergency response and rail industries to develop a curriculum that teaches first responders how to respond to train derailments involving flammable liquids. The IAFC and its partners have already hosted in-person training in three locations, trained more than 100 first responders, and have developed two specialized online training courses on ethanol emergencies and hydrogen response. They also developed web-based training that more than 400 first responders have already completed, and more than 900 are registered for.
- The ALERT grant program funds training for remote and volunteer first responders on how to handle incidents involving shipments of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids by rail.
- With the ALERT program helps volunteer first responders overcome limited resources to ensure they have the specialized training necessary to keep the public safe.
- By developing a combination of in-person and web-based trainings, the grantees are helping train as many remote and volunteer first responders as possible.
“By developing a combination of in-person and web-based trainings, the grantees are helping train as many remote and volunteer first responders as possible.”