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AWR 147:  Rail Car Incident Response

Location:  1610 Cogswell Ave., Suite B10, Pell City, Alabama 35125

Date:  April 3, 2023 

Time:  8:00 am -5:00 pm

AWR 147 is an 8-hour, DHS/FEMA-certified, tuition-free, awareness-level course developed to educate rural emergency responders on freight rail car incidents involving hazardous materials. Because most freight rail traffic traverses rural areas, it is imperative that rural responders, especially those in resource[1]limited areas, understand the dangers and other unique hazards these incidents present. Safeguards are commonly implemented to prevent hazardous materials from causing harm under normal transportation, storage, handling, and use. If any of these safeguards are circumvented, there is potential for great harm.  Upon completion of this course, participants will be better prepared to respond to a freight rail car incident without endangering the health and safety of responders.

Topics include (but not limited to):

  • Design, construction, components and markings of rail tank cars
  • Recognition and identification of chemicals being transported
  • Scene assessment and identification of potential hazards
  • Mitigation strategies for breached freight cars
  • Key resources identification from rail/freight industry as well as
  • federal, state, and private resources

Who Should Attend:

  • Firefighters
  • Other first responders-including law enforcement
  • Emergency management personnel
  • Other community stakeholders, including railroad representatives
  • Emergency Responders
  • EMS
  • School personnel

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Traffic Incident Management Course

Location:  1610 Cogswell Ave., Suite B10, Pell City, Alabama 35125

Date:  April 13, 2023 

Time:  8:00 am -5:00 pm

Why this is important... Responders are being struck and
killed at traffic incidents in the U.S. on average:
• 5 Firefighters each year
• 1 Law Enforcement Officer each month
• 1 Tow Truck Operator each week

The National TIM Responder Training Program was developed by responders for responders, and was designed to
establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of
the TIM National Unified Goal (NUG):
• Responder Safety
• Safe, Quick Clearance
• Prompt, Reliable, Interoperable Communications
The TIM's course is a 6-hour course that covers material, including classroom training as well as hands-on activities.
The target audience for this course is Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue, Emergency Medical Service, Towing and
Recovery, Emergency Management, Communications, and Highway/Transportation. Seating is limited so register
soon. CEU's (APOST and NREMT) are available for this course. 


AWR 148: Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents:  Partnering Rural Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Local School Systems

Location:  1610 Cogswell Ave., Suite B10, Pell City, Alabama 35125

Date:  April 25, 2023 

Time:  8:00 am -5:00 pm

AWR 148 is an 8-hour, DHS/FEMA-certified, tuition-free course designed to educate rural law enforcement personnel as well as school administrators and staff on the elements that would allow for an effective response to school-based emergencies. Schools in small, rural, and remote areas across the country account for almost 23 percent of the total student population (more than 11million students). Rural schools, law enforcement, and other emergency responders are often limited in resources. It is imperative that all
potentially affected parties collaborate on planning, preparing,
communicating, responding, and recovering from a school-based incident.

Topics include (but not limited to):

• Introduction to Incident Planning and Preparedness
• Proactive Threat Mitigation
• Incident Response
• Incident Recovery
• Vulnerability Assessments
• Threat Assessment Management
• Incident Defusing and Debriefing
• Reunification
• Anniversaries, Memorials, "Copy-Cats"

Who should attend:

• All First Responders, especially Law Enforcement
• School Administrators
• School Safety and Security Personnel
• Community Emergency Management Personnel
• Community Mental Health Personnel
• Community Stakeholders