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Oil Response Training - Fast Water Practical
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

This 3-day course is designed for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Federal On-Scene-Coordinators (FOSCs), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) state and local responders who are involved in developing Geographical Response Plans, inland oil spill prevention and cleanup. The course is a hands-on practical oil spill response course for fast water usually found on rivers in the eastern and western regions of the United States. Class participants will spend three days learning how to read rivers; determine oil recovery locations; determine various methods of boom deployment on fast water rivers; and deploy oil recovery methods on fast water rivers.

Instructional methods include lectures and field work that emphasize teh practical and problem-solving skills related to oil spill containment and cleanup on fast water rivers.  The training involves instruction on how to respond to large transportation related incidents including pipeline breaks and unit crude oil train derailments. Case histories and response techniques are highlighted.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply techniques learned to prepare useable Geographical Response Plans.
  • Demonstrate how to read a river for determination of flow rates, debris patterns in currents and selection of safe oil recovery locations.
  • Select an appropriate method of boom deployment on a fast water river.
  • Demonstrate the deployment of boom on fast water deflecting simulated oil to a recovery site down river.
  • Select an appropriate method of protecting sensitive areas of a river with boom.
  • Establish a safe and effective oil recovery operation and site.
  • Demonstrate safe boat operations on fast water rivers.
  • Recognize health and safety issues associated with field operations involving oil recovery on fast water rivers.

Course instructors may include current and former federal and state OSCs who currently serve as technical advisors in oil spill control and cleanup, and experienced oil spill responders from the private sector.

The course is usually scheduled once a year (subject to change) or may be requested by EPA FOSCs for presentations at appropriate locations within their regions. Contact Fred Stroud EPA Environmental Response Team Cincinnati, Ohio to arrange for an outreach course at 702-784-8007.

The course has minimal classroom instruction with extensive field work which is strenuous at times. Course participants will work along the banks and on swift water for most of the course utilizing oil spill response equipment. Participants may enter the water from time to time. Participants should dress accordingly for the rough terrain. Personal equipment should include field boots (steel toes), sharp clip knife, gloves, hat, sun screen and bug repellent.

Class size is limited to 30 students. Please contact Greg Powell EPA, ERT, at 859-594-6549 for additional information.

Participants must complete all modules for all days of the course to receive the course completion certificate.

Continuing Education Units: 2.4

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.


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