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AWR 232:  Mass Fatalities Planning & Response for Rural Communities

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

Date:  Monday, March 20, 2022 

Time:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

This is an 8-hour, DHS/FEMA-certified, tuition-free, awareness-level
course. The goal of this course is to teach participants the basics of mass fatality response while providing opportunities to exchange rural perceptions and brainstorm solutions to simulated emergencies. Responding to a mass fatality incident, which includes the recovery, identifications, and reunification of the deceased, is one of the most difficult aspects of disaster response. In times of crisis, small, rural, and tribal communities are often ill-equipped with facilities to manage large numbers of casualties. When the time comes, communities must be prepared to use available resources to properly manage the remains that will result.  Regardless of the agencies or organizations that respond, whether they be governmental agencies or private or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the responsibility to coordinate and manage these outside resources rests with local authorities. 

Topics include (but not limited to):
• Define mass fatality and possible scenarios
• Identify methods of obtaining Federal resources.
• Identify issues to be considered in mass fatality response planning.
• Explain the importance of mass fatality response planning.
• Identify potential resources that should be included in a response plan.
Who Should Attend:
• All First Responders • Coroner/Medical Examiners
• Public Health Officials • Emergency Management Personnel
• Community Stakeholders
• Citizen/Community Volunteers
• Funeral Service Providers
• Hospital Staff


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.