The Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant provides hazmat training for volunteer or remote emergency responders. Awarded by U.S. DOT and PHMSA, the ALERT grant program focuses on emergency response activities involving the transportation of crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids by rail. 

The IAFC has partnered with IAFF, NAFTD, NVFC, NASFM, ISFSI, RFA and several development vendors to provide a unique, cost-effective, blended training program to address planning, training and response needs of the rural and remote fire service in dealing with flammable liquids emergency incidents.

Regional Rail Response (In-Person)

The IAFC and ISFSI worked with rail industry experts to develop this Regional Rail Response. The training is designed to bring local and regional agencies together to better understand the response efforts and roles should a derailment or incident occur and to discuss unified and coordinated response activities to a train derailment scenario, involving crude oil.

After this 8-hour session, participants will be better prepared to respond to a rail incident.

 You will gain:

  • An understanding of the response disciplines and associated roles during a response to a rail incident.

  • Knowledge about the industry and rail lines within your region, including the commodities that are transported.

  • An understanding of the need for a coordinated effort when responding to an incident, and how to effectively manage available resources.

  • Experience in a group exercises to reinforce the training concepts around a train derailment scenario.

  • 8 hours of training credits towards your annual hazardous material training requirement through the IAFC Academy.

We also have online and self-paced courses through the IAFC Academy.  Some of these are listed below.

ALERT Training (Online)

"The ALERT grant promotes hazmat response training for volunteer or remote emergency responders. Response activities include the transportation of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids by rail consistent with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards."

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John Woulfe, Assistant Director, 703-273-9701

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