ALERT Grant

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 Respomse 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)

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    Ethanol Emergencies Training
    Self-Paced
    Online
    Online course on ethanol fuels incident response including the use, characteristics, transportation modes, transfer operations, basics of foam, tactics and strategies, and environmental issues
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    Hazmat Awareness (ALERT via IAFF)
    Self-Paced
    Online
    Web-based course designed to train responders to the operations level of hazmat response.
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    Hydrogen Response Considerations
    Self-Paced
    Online
    This 2-hour, 4-module online course focuses on basic education on hydrogen fuels.

"Safety is our top priority and the ALERT grants will help first responders, especially volunteer firefighters in rural or remote parts of the country, prepare for and respond to incidents involving flammable liquids. It's critical that first responders have the information and training they need to respond to these types of incidents..."

-U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

Read the full press release

Rural Guide for Rail 

The IAFC and the NASFM worked with Hazmat experts, rail industry (both Class 1 and short line representatives), emergency managers, and many other stakeholders to develop this short document intended to assist responders in working with their specific railroad in creating or revising their emergency response plans for a rail emergency. Well-known resources, such as the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), the Federal Rail Administration’s “Railroad Crossing Locator” app, CHEMTREC, are included in this guide to assist first responders in response activities. Download it here.

Contacts

John Woulfe, Assistant Director, 703-273-9701
Laura Peard, Program Manager, 703-537-4834