8-Hour SERTC Academy Web-based portion of course has been canceled for 2023.
The SERTC Academy Crude Oil/Class 3 Flammable Liquid Emergencies Transported by Rail (FLE-RR) course is an “All Hazards” approach to crude oil and class 3 flammable liquids transported by rail. This program addresses the chemical properties and potential hazards of class 3 flammable liquids, environmental impacts, the process of chemical monitoring at incidents, as well as mitigation planning and response procedures for spills and fires. Participants will learn to plan and work effectively with members of the railroad industry, emergency response organizations, vendors and service providers, and community stakeholders.
The 8-hour SERTC Academy Web-based Course addresses all classroom materials normally covered during our 24-hour residential FLE-RR course. Virtual classes are broken down into 2-hour segments, one day a week, for four consecutive weeks. Classes are recorded for you to review should you be unable to tune into the live session. Upon successful completion of this web-based course, participants are eligible to attend the abbreviated, 16-hour SERTC Academy Hands-On Residential Course.
The 16-hour SERTC Academy Hands-On Residential Course is the final step to complete your training in Crude Oil/Class 3 Flammable Liquid Emergencies Transported by Rail (FLE-RR). This residential portion of the course includes extensive practical skills for actions and responses to simulated class 3 flammable liquids derailments using our 20-car full-scale derailment scenario on-site at our training campus in Pueblo, Colorado. FLE-RR participants will learn to conduct site assessment of the scene, assess damage to containers, perform confinement and containment actions on leaking rail cars, and perform extensive firefighting foam applications. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have the knowledge to make basic decisions during an incident involving crude oil and class 3 flammable liquids transported by rail and will be able to determine whether they should act in an offensive, defensive, or non-intervention mode during an incident.
Required Pre-requisites for 16-Hour SERTC Academy Hands-On Residential Course:
- Certified NFPA 1001 Firefighter I or equivalent
- Hazardous Materials Operations as described, at a minimum, of OSHA 29CFR 1910.120
The FLE-RR course is hazardous materials emergency response training specifically designed for the Firefighter I with Hazardous materials operations as described by OSHA, NFPA, and EPA. The participant community for this course represents fire service, emergency management, and railroad industry personnel that deal with crude oil incidents by rail that also include hazardous materials response contractors.