Hands-on Spill Response Training, from the Classroom to the Tank

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

November 6, 2013

Photo: Ohmsett

Photo: Ohmsett

Training at Ohmsett takes the learning from the classroom to the 2.6 million gallon wave/tow test tank. That’s where students receive hands-on training with the latest spill response equipment and techniques used in the field. Ohmsett, in partnership with Texas A&M National Spill Control School, announced the 2014 Oil Spill Strategies and Tactics training, June 10-13, 2014 and August 26-29, 2014.

Each three and a half-day training session emphasizes practical experience in full-scale oil recovery operations in the Ohmsett outdoor wave tank. Students will increase their proficiency using boom and skimmers while they practice removing spilled oil.

“When an oil spill occurs, your team needs to know how to set up an incident command system, what strategies to use and what equipment to deploy for successful response operations,” stated Bill Schmidt, program manager for Ohmsett. “Our training program gives participants the opportunity to train with the experts, and learn these decision-making and responder skills that are essential to efficient oil spill response and recovery operations.”

The combined classroom/tank exercise training provides response teams the skills to work more safely, operate more effectively and make better decisions in the field.

“Students are able to practice equipment set up, recovery, maintenance and decontamination,” said Schmidt. “The whole experience gives them the confidence to make proper decisions during spill response operations.”

The course is presented in partnership with Texas A&M National Spill Control School (NSCS). At the completion of the course, students receive a NSCS Certificate of Completion.



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