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Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Symposium

The agenda

7:30a– Registration

Michael Hampton, University of Utah

8:15a – 9:10a
Responding to Rail Incidents –
Fire Chief Tim McLean, Casselton Fire Department
Tim’s presentation speaks to how his team responded to and steps that were taken during the BNSF Railway train derailment and, subsequently, the release of hazardous materials that occurred in 2013 in Casselton ND.

9:15a – 10:10a
Railroad Hazmat Incidents: What to Expect
Paul Hester, BNSF Railway
Paul’s presentation will establish the best ways to communicate with the railroad and what to expect as it relates to a hazmat response

Medical Preparedness for Disaster Response
Dr. Matthew Hughes, University of Utah
This session will provide best practices on medical aspects of preparation for disaster response teams, communities, and at home. Examples from corporate emergency response teams will be presented. Participants are encouraged to bring best practices for sharing.

Hazardous Material Response with Fire, Then & Now Fire Chief Jason Catrambone and Lieutenant Johnny Hoskins
This class will discuss the capabilities of the region when dealing with a Hazardous Materials response. It will go into the response, preparedness, lessons learned, and what has been done since the Red River fire. Discussion on the limitations of the department at that time, capabilities now and use of the NW Regional Response Team, as well as use of the National Guard CST Team.

12:15p-1p – Lunch Provided

Realistic Expectations for Rescue Teams
Steve Dacus, Casper Safety
Confined Space Rescue Teams are not created equal. With the availability of a wide variety of rescue teams throughout North Dakota, there are assumptions being made regarding their skill level and proficiency. This course will cover the standard knowledge and expectations that every rescue team must possess to effectively extricate any victim out of any type of space, and the tools needed to evaluate a team for those who hire them. Many rescue teams play the odds that they won’t be called on to perform a challenging rescue in hazardous conditions; therefore, many rescue teams are not be able to perform when the time comes. With your employees’ health and safety on the line, learn what you need to ensure you have a team that can perform at the highest level.

OSHA and Emergency Response
Michael Hampton, University of Utah
Most emergency management professionals do not think of OSHA when they contemplate their readiness plans. In fact, many professionals aren’t even aware that OSHA jurisdictional reach covers fire fighters, law enforcement and public service workers along with private industry. OSHA has specific requirements for plans, preparation and training when it comes to emergency planning and response. During this presentation, we will explore the various regulatory requirements that must be considered when developing and deploying emergency management plans whether it be in the private or public sector. Specific topics like Emergency Action and Fire Prevention plans along with Hazwoper will be explored and summarized enabling the participant to leave with a better understanding of their legal obligations when planning for emergencies.

Well Control Incident Management, Emergency and Hazmat Response Training for Well Blowout disasters Ahmed Fakhri, Wild Well Control
• Causes of Rig Site Emergencies & Well Control
• Current Response Trends in Well Site Operations
(drilling, fracing, snubbing, wireline)
• Applications of Unified Command in well control
• Well Site Incident Management Strategies & Tactics
• Environmental Concerns & Hazmat Response
• Communication, Leadership & Teamwork
• On-Scene Tactical Management & Well Control Support
• Well Control & Firefighting Techniques & Equipment
• Options for Well Control Mitigation (Capping, Stinging,
Freezing, & Relief Wells)
• Local First Responder Integration, Rig Search, Rescue &
Peripheral Scene Stabilization

5p-Closing remarks
Michael Hampton, University of Utah