The National Biodiesel Board and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) have produced and distributed a video for fire prevention and response when dealing with a biodiesel incident.
"The Biodiesel Response Considerations training program provides the critical information First Responders and Haz Mat Response Teams need for a safe and competent response," said Capt. Steve Hergenreter of Fort Dodge, IA. "It includes information on the chemicals involved in production, along with information on the properties of biodiesel. Whether preplanning a facility or responding to one, understanding these chemical and physical properties ensures a response based on facts, science and circumstances."
The materials include training tools, such as a PowerPoint presentation, as well as a video about response considerations. The NBB has also posted the video on its YouTube page. Copies are being mailed to NBB members so they can work with their local fire departments in coordinating procedures, NBB said.
"Our industry prides itself on a good safety record, and NBB appreciates the leadership and cooperation of the IAFC in developing these materials that will benefit first responders as well as biodiesel producers," said Joe Jobe, NBB CEO. "We also applaud fire departments in San Francisco and elsewhere who have led by example by using biodiesel blends to power their own emergency vehicles."