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:
We also have online and self-paced courses through the IAFC Academy. Some of these are listed below.
"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.
John Woulfe, Assistant Director, 703-273-9701
Laura Peard, Program Manager, 703-537-4834