NBB Partners with International Association of Fire Chiefs on Emergency Response Training Materials

By | June 09, 2009
The biodiesel production process is generally safe when managed by professionals. However, NBB and the International Association of Fire Chiefs are now offering training materials to assist biodiesel producers and their local fire departments in preparation for what everyone hopes will never occur: a fire at a biodiesel plant. NBB has posted these new safety resources on its website and will mail copies to NBB producer members.

The IAFC will distribute 2,700 copies to fire departments and at events, such as the International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference. The materials are designed to start a proactive dialogue between fire departments and biodiesel producers. The set includes a CD of training materials, such as a PowerPoint presentation, as well as a video about response considerations. Also included is information about the chemical characteristics of biodiesel and the necessary chemicals that are used in biodiesel production.

Fire departments can use the resources as a guide to what to expect at biodiesel facilities and which fire fighting foams are appropriate. NBB and IAFC developed the materials with the support of a U.S. Department of Energy grant. United Soybean Board funding provides for the distribution.
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