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Friday, May 20, 2016

NYS ACADEMY OF FIRE SCIENCE TO PROVIDE CRUDE OIL FIRE TRAINING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Governor Cuomo today announced $500,000 in federal funding has been awarded to the New York State Academy of Fire Science in the Southern Tier. The funding, administered through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant Program, will support a crude oil training simulation for first responders. This marks the third consecutive year that the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control has been awarded this funding. The Academy trains over 6,000 emergency services providers from across the state in over 130 courses per year.

“New York’s first responders selflessly risk their lives every day in order to protect their neighbors and our communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will provide our firefighters with the highest level of training and ensure they have the tools they need to tackle these very dangerous emergency situations."

The residential training program provides education for a variety of academic disciplines including: Fire suppression, fire department leadership and management, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, fire and arson investigation, fire prevention and code enforcement, incident management, technical rescue and emergency response to terrorism. These programs are delivered by full-time staff, part-time State Fire Instructors and guest lecturers.

This most recent grant award will be used for a “hands-on” live fire training prop that will teach firefighters how to respond to an incident involving crude oil and other ignitable liquids. This demonstrates the state’s ongoing efforts to prepare for and respond to the challenges posed by the transportation of crude oil by rail and water across New York State.

Other actions include the deployment of the nineteen trailers equipped with an environmentally safe firefighting foam substance to local fire departments and county hazardous materials teams throughout the state and the implementation of an aggressive inspection campaign targeting crude oil tank car and rail inspections. Since 2014, the Department of Transportation and its federal partners have inspected 13,011 rail cars, including 11,003 crude oil tank cars and 4,640 miles of track, uncovered 1,668 defects and issued 20 hazardous materials violations.

Since 2011, the state has spent $2 million for routine maintenance and minor capital projects and an additional $1 million is committed for the rehabilitation of the fire and sprinkler system, additional asbestos abatement and masonry repairs and additional audio visual renovations including the addition of interactive signage.