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  • 6th annual Hazardous Material Workshop launches in April

  • Registration is open for the 6th annual Hazardous Materials Training Workshop, to be held on April 5 and 6 at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover.
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  • Registration is open for the 6th annual Hazardous Materials Training Workshop, to be held on April 5 and 6 at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover. Law Enforcement officers, EMS, Fire Service, HazMat teams, and other first responders are encouraged to attend the workshop, which will be presented by nationally-recognized trainers and experts. The event is co-sponsored by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA).
    Friday evening's activities feature a dinner and address, with opening remarks by Delaware Department of Safety & Homeland Security Secretary, Louis Schiliro. Frank Docimo, a HazMat expert, recently retired from the fire service in Stamford, Connecticut, will be the keynote speaker at the Friday evening dinner. Mr. Docimo's will deliver a "State of the HazMat Union Address", which will summarize the early days of hazmat up to the present, including the effects of funding cuts and a lower number of incidents.
    Saturday training sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., with lunch on-site for participants. Here is a schedule of training sessions offered on April 6:
    8:30-10 a.m. SESSION & INSTRUCTOR
    *One Pot Meth Lab-A Strategic Approach (Jake Kelton, owner & instructor MERIT Training Programs, LLC)
    *Introduction to Radiological Science (Cheryl Weaver-Docimo, 35-year veteran of emergency services)
    *Rail Transport HazMat Incident Case Studies (William "Bill" Oertly, Hazardous Materials Compliance Officer-Norfolk Southern Railroad)
    *Engine Company Response to HazMat Incidents (Glen D. Rudner, recently retired from Virginia Department of Emergency Management as Hazardous Materials Response Officer)
    *Chemical Suicide: Information for Emergency Responders (Deputy Chief Jacob "Jake" Oreshan, III, New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control)
    *Essentials of HazMat Medicine (Dr. David Hostler, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Pittsburgh)
    10:15-11:45 a.m. SESSION & INSTRUCTOR
    *One Pot Meth Lab-A Strategic Approach (Jake Kelton, owner & instructor MERIT Training Programs, LLC)
    *Radiological PPE, Contamination Survey & Decon Lab (Cheryl Weaver-Docimo, 35-year veteran of emergency services)
    *FBI: Improvised Explosives Threat (Tim Petrousky, Special Agent Bomb Technician and HazMat team leader, FBI)
    *Engine Company Response to HazMat Incidents (Glen D. Rudner, retired from Virginia Department of Emergency Management as Hazardous Materials Response Officer)
    *Chemical Suicide: Information For Emergency Responders (course developed by New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control)
    *Essentials of HazMat Medicine (Dr. David Hostler, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Pittsburgh)
    8:30-11:45 a.m. SESSION & INSTRUCTOR
    *Can Your Response Team Use Rapid Risk Assessment Techniques (RRAT)™ 3-hour hands-on session (Frank Docimo, 40-plus year veteran of fire service, recently retired from fire service in Stamford, Connecticut.
    *Hospital DECON Part 1 (Part 2 after lunch) (Joe Leonetti, instructor Delaware State Fire School & National Fire Academy)
    Page 2 of 2 - 1-4:15 p.m. SESSION & INSTRUCTOR
    *Transcaer® HazMat Cargo Tank Anatomy & Emergency Response (Jon Gragg, Northern Regional Manager for Safety and Operations, Dana Transport)
    *Radiological Assessment and Mitigation Procedures™ (Cheryl Weaver-Docimo, 35-year veteran of emergency services)
    *What Are You Thinking? (Interactive Tabletop Panel Discussion)
    *Grounding and Bonding and Transfer Operations: classroom & hands-on (Glen D. Rudner, recently retired from Virginia Department of Emergency Management as Hazardous Materials Response Officer)
    *Explosive Ordnance Devices (Chris Ennis, Delaware State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team)
    *Hospital DECON Part 2 (continues Part 1 that was part of the morning session) (Joe Leonetti, instructor Delaware State Fire School & National Fire Academy)
    A vendor exhibit hall will also be available on Saturday, as well as a continental breakfast. There is no cost for the 6th Annual Hazardous Materials Training Workshop, but pre-registration is required. Class sizes are limited, so early registration is advised. To register, contact Lois Mathews at DEMA, 302-659-2225 or email to lois.mathews@state.de.us. The Delaware State Fire School is located at 1461 Chestnut Grove Road in Dover. Visit this website for complete registration information: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/SERC/Pages/What'sNew.aspx
    The workshop is sponsored jointly by DEMA, State Emergency Response Commission, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the City of Wilmington, Kent County Levy Court, Sussex County Emergency Opera

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