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Pipeline Emergencies Training Program

Through a subcontract with Hildebrand and Noll Associates (HNA), NASFM has developed the Pipeline Emergencies training package for firefighters and other emergency responders to better prepare them to respond to and prevent pipeline incidents. The Emergency Response Task Force was formed to help facilitate the training program development. Steve Edwards, Director of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI), chair the task force, and other members include representatives from liquid and natural gas industry associations, fire service and emergency response training facilities.

HNA was formed in 1989 to provide specialized emergency response services to industry and government. Over the past thirteen years, the firm has worked on approximately 420 different emergency response projects throughout the United States, Canada, France, England, Brazil and Central Asia. HNA has served as emergency response consultants for 30 refineries, 25 chemical plants and 13 gas plants. HNA has worked on more than 25 oil and gas projects on the North Slope of Alaska and in the Port of Valdez. In addition to fixed facilities, they have also developed training materials for a number of trade associations.

The Pipeline Emergencies Train-The-Trainer course is designed for experienced emergency response training instructors to prepare them to deliver the Pipeline Emergencies curriculum to other emergency responders. The course focuses on familiarizing instructors with the Pipeline Emergencies training materials and the options available for delivering the course to various audiences and skill levels. The relationship in the classroom for the Train-The-Trainer course will be Instructor-To-Instructor rather than Instructor-To-Student. The Train-The-Trainer course will provide instructors with an overview of the basic principles of both liquid and gas pipeline system operations, including common products transported, and their associated physical and chemical properties. Tactical procedures for handling 10 different pipeline incidents will also be reviewed, including guidelines for common pipeline response scenarios. All instructors attending the course will receive a copy of the complete training program.

The main component of the Pipeline Emergencies training program is a 179-page full color textbook developed by Greg Noll and Mike Hildebrand for NASFM and DOT in cooperation with the pipeline industry and emergency response agencies. The textbook is supported by a Curriculum Instructor's Guide and companion Power Point presentation developed by Mike Callan. The Power Point program includes 10 interactive pipeline emergency scenarios that permit the instructor to explore fire and non-fire situations involving liquid and gas pipelines with the students. The program also includes CD-Rom and training video-tape developed by Emergency Film Group, and a dedicated website (https://firemarshals.org/pipeline-emergencies) where instructors can acquire information on training materials, instructor tips, and links to other websites. All of the training materials described above are distributed at no cost to fire training agencies through NASFM.









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