Training, Exercises & Lessons Learned

Training and Educational Materials

Emerging Risks Response Awareness Training: Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) (2016)
The NRT Training Subcommittee’s presentation: Emerging Risks Response Awareness Training: Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) provides information on LNG characteristics, production and transportation, as well as response considerations, health and safety issues, and case studies of recent incidents. Speakers include experts from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Recording of Training (.MP4) (Depending on your connection speed, this file will take a few minutes to download and begin playing).

Download PowerPoint Slides (.PDF)

Additional Reference Materials:

U.S. Coast Guard Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise

CAMEO Chemicals: Liquefied Natural Gas

Liquefied Natural Gas: Understanding the Basic Facts (DOE)

Strategic Center for Nature Gas: Natural Gas Facts (DOE)

Emerging Risks Responder Awareness Training: Bakken Crude Oil (2015)

The NRT Training Subcommittee’s presentation: Emerging Risks Responder Awareness Training: Bakken Crude Oil, provides background information on Bakken crude oil production and transportation, as well as information on recent regulatory efforts to deal with Bakken crude oil transportation methods and route. Topics emphasize health and safety and include:  

- Where is Bakken oil coming from?

- How is it being transported?

- Bakken chemistry

- Response issues

- Case studies from recent incidents  

The training was delivered as a live webinar on January 12, 2015 to planners and field responders from Federal, state, local, and tribal governments. Subject matter experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Scientific Support Coordinator), U.S. Department of Transportation (Enforcement Officer), Transport Canada (Containment Specialist), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Safety and Occupational Health Specialist), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Environmental Response Team and Federal On-Scene Coordinator) and Environment Canada (Field Work & Response Unit) delivered the training.

Speaker Biographies (PDF)

Download PowerPoint slides (PDF)

Recording of Live Webinar (.MP4) (Depending on your connection speed, this file will take a few minutes to download and begin playing).

Additional Reference Materials:

- A Survey of Bakken Crude Oil Characteristics Assembled For the Department of Transportation (American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers) (2014)

- Understanding Crude Oil Transportation by Rail: An Environmental Protection Agency Brown Bag Lunch Presentation (Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc.) (2014)

- Unconventional Crude Oils Briefing: U.S. Coast Guard (2014)

- Operation Safe Delivery Update

- Bakken Petroleum: The Substance of Energy Independence. Written Statement of Timothy P. Butters, Deputy Administrator, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Before the Subcommittees on Energy and Oversight, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives (2014)

- Bakken Crude in Transportation (2014): Coffee Break Training (NFA)

- Petroleum Crude Oil - Hazard Assessment and Risk Evaluation (2014): Coffee Break Training (NFA)

- Petroleum Crude Oil - Oil Transportation and Response Considerations (2014): Coffee Break Training (NFA)

- Petroleum Crude Oil - Preincident Planning (2014): Coffee Break Training (NFA)

- Petroleum Crude Oil - Principles of Successful Incident Management (2014): Coffee Break Training (NFA)

- Petroleum Crude Oil - Railroad Safety Procedures (2014): Coffee Break Training (NFA)

- Petroleum Crude Oil - Implementing Response Objectives (2014): Coffee Break Training (NFA)

- Vapor Pressure, Boiling Point and Vapor Density (2012): Coffee Break Training (NFA)



External Web Links

Emergency Management Institute (FEMA)

Located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center, Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers various training and educational opportunities in the field of emergency management in order to enhance the capabilities of federal, state, local, and tribal government officials, volunteer organizations, and the public and private sectors.

Self Study Online Courses - Independent Online Study Courses in the field of emergency management offered by  EMI.

National Incident Management System Training Course (EMI)
Provides the National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant courses.

National Response Framework Training Course (EMI)
Designed primarily for Federal department/agency staff, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) online course introduces the National Response Framework (NRF).

Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (DOE)
The Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) mission is to ensure that federal, state, tribal, and local responders have access to the plans, training, and technical assistance necessary to safely, efficiently, and effectively respond to transportation accidents involving Department of Energy (DOE)-owned radioactive materials. To accomplish this mission, a suite of tools have been developed to aid the response jurisdictions in their readiness activities.

Office of Response and Restoration Hazardous Materials Training (NOAA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) offers educational resources for teachers and students, as well as various workshops and self-study options to spill response professionals in local, state, and federal governments and industry.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Preparedness and Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage.

CDC Learning Connection - CDC Learning Connection (CDC LC) helps you locate learning products and resources from across the public health community.

National Fire Academy
National Fire Academy (NFA) offers educational opportunities, activities, and news regarding fire operations and other aspects of emergency operations and management, including Coffee Break Training bulletins. Coffee Break Training bullentins are one-page training notices, with a new one posted every week, that provide technical training and administrative tips.

Superfund Training
Offers various training opportunities in the environmental field and outlines how government officials, support contractors, and local citizens can get involved in programs such as the Superfund Job Training Initiative and Hazardous Ranking System training.

The Training Exchange
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council provides a range of training information to staff involved in hazardous waste management and remediation. This site, The Training Exchange (TrainEx), includes training schedules, class descriptions, registration and links to other training resources.

Training and Exercises (DHS)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) training and exercise webpage.

Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness & Response (TRIPR)
The Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response, Flammable Liquid Unit Trains resource materials were developed to provide critical information on best practices related to rail incidents involving hazard class 3 flammable liquids, such as crude oil and ethanol. A key component of this initiative is to learn from past experiences and to leverage the expertise of public safety agencies, rail carriers, and industry subject matter experts in order to prepare first responders to safely manage incidents involving flammable liquid unit trains.

New York City Fire Academy: Training Bureau
Offers information on Fire Department New York (FDNY) training facilities, educational programs, employment opportunities, photos, fire statistics and other resources offered by the FDNY.

Oklahoma State University's Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology

Oklahoma State University's Graduate Program in Fire and Emergency Management Administration

Institute for Crisis, Disaster, & Risk Management at George Washington University
The Institute offers classes in emergency management, a Master of Science in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering with a concentration in Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management, and Graduate Certificates in Crisis and Emergency Management and Emergency Management and Public Health.

National Terrorism Preparedness Institute
Offers programs and online classes to help prepare the Nation's civilian and military first responders, hospitals, clinics, and public utilities and public works personnel to survive and mitigate the consequences of terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Georgia Institute of Technology Continuing Education: Hazardous Materials
Offers a variety of courses and programs in the fields of defense technology, electronic warfare, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training, Occupations Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training and safety courses, and other areas of environmental and homeland security concern.

National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center
The Texas Engineering and Extension Service’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center train local and state officials and emergency responders to prepare for and respond to acts of terrorism including those involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Disaster Resources for Educators
Sponsored by University of Illinois, Disaster Resources provides educational tools for those responsible for teaching how to prepare for a disaster, what to do after a disaster, how to receive assistance after a disaster, how to aid disaster victims, and additional disaster resources.

National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) develops innovative solutions to today's most pressing public policy challenges and is the only research and development firm that directly serves the nation's governors. NGA Center Divisions include:

- Environment, Energy & Transportation Division

- Health Division

- Homeland Security & Public Safety Division


USAJobs - Official Site (OPM)
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) USAJOBS is the official job site of the U.S. Government for Federal employment information. This comprehensive website allows users to browse job opportunities using a variety of search agents, including location, GS level, agency, category, etc.; obtain the proper documentation to submit with the resume; create a user profile to store a resume and past job searches; and have questions answered regarding Federal employment.

Environmental Jobs and Careers provides links to private sector and government environmental employment opportunities in the United States and Canada.


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