News | January 30, 2009

Award-Winning Training On Chlorine, A DHS 'Chemical Of Concern'

Edgartown, MA - Government officials fear that terrorists could target storage tanks of chlorine, or rail shipments of the deadly gas in transit through metropolitan areas. Chlorine, one of the chemicals most widely used in industry, has been named a 'Chemical of Concern' by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Emergency Film Group has revised and released its award winning training film entitled "Chlorine," which provides important information for response personnel as well as for industry personnel. The film combines exciting footage of terrorist use of chlorine-laced IEDs in Iraq with realistic training scenarios, and a case study of the 2005 Graniteville, SC train wreck that resulted in the release of over 42 tons of chlorine gas, causing 9 deaths and over 500 injuries.

"Chlorine" raises the awareness and operations capability of emergency personnel regarding response to chlorine incidents, providing the most current information about DHS Threshold Quantities for the gas as well as placarding and labeling requirements for shipments. The film also teaches safety precautions for handling and storing chlorine and covers hazard properties; vapor behavior; use of Chlorine Institute A, B, and C kits; Level A and Level B ensembles used for response activities; neutralizing spills; and use of water flog to control vapor releases. Included with the package is a Resource CD-Rom which includes a customizable PowerPoint presentation that can be used by the Instructor as the basis of a training seminar, interactive testing materials, and a number of references in .pdf format that will enhance a training seminar.

"Chlorine" is the winner of the CINE Golden Eagle award from the Council of International Events and received an Honorable Mention at Videofuego, an international competition for fire service films held in each year Spain.

Technical advisors for "Chlorine" include Richard Emery, principal in the consulting firm Emery & Associates, Inc.; Mike Hildebrand, hazardous materials consultant with Hildebrand-Noll Associates and the former Director of Fire & Safety for the American Petroleum Institute; Michael Lyden, former VP in charge of transportation and storage at the Chlorine Institute, Washington, DC; Greg Noll, principal in the hazardous materials consulting firm Hildebrand-Noll Associates and a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response; and Glen Rudner, Regional Hazardous Materials Response Officer for the Northern VA Department of Emergency Management.

Emergency Film Group uses leading professionals in emergency response and film production to create authoritative and accurate training programs for fire departments, hazmat teams, emergency management, police, EMS, the military and other emergency responders. Winner of more than 140 awards in national and international competitions, the company provides training on such timely topics as incident management, terrorism response, homeland security, hazardous materials, protective clothing, and air monitoring for its more than 12,000 customers.

SOURCE: Emergency Film Group