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Tens of thousands of emergency responders nationwide get training in HAZMAT program

Anhydrous ammonia

The American Chemistry Council has trained 60,000 emergency responders nationwide in safety techniques for a common, yet possibly highly-dangerous chemical.

The council said through its Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER) program thousands of emergency responders across 37 states have received training in the safe handling and distribution of anhydrous ammonia, a common chemical used in agricultural and in refrigeration industries.

TRANSCAER, it said, is a voluntary national outreach effort that helps communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material transportation incidents.  TRANSCAER members consist of volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distributor, and emergency response industries, as well as the government.

The Anhydrous Ammonia Training Tour initiative, said the association, is the first nationwide, product-specific training module of its kind. Launched a year ago in the spring of 2011, the program concentrates on a number of topics, including ammonia properties, transportation protocol, equipment handling and emergency response in the event of a release, it said. The tour focuses on regions of the country where the use of anhydrous ammonia in agriculture and refrigeration applications is prevalent, it added.

To supplement the needs of emergency responders, the association has distributed more than 28,000 TRANSCAER Anhydrous Ammonia DVDs nationwide.

TRANSCAER, through continued work with The Fertilizer Institute and more than 200 volunteers from chemical manufacturers, transportation industry leaders, distributors, and federal, state and local government agencies, will continue the tour through 2012, said the organization.



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