2024 Emergency Response Training Schedule is Now Available
OR&R has announced training classes on various spill response topics in a number of locations for fiscal year 2024. All spill responders and planners are encouraged to apply.
- Mobile, Alabama, March 18-22, 2024: Application form is open until Dec. 7, 2023.
- Seattle, Washington, June 3-7, 2024: Application period will be open Dec. 11, 2023 - Feb. 8, 2024.
- Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 16-20, 2024: Application period will open on March 25, 2024.
OR&R will continue to host its virtual lecture series, You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know, on the third Thursday of each month. Additionally, OR&R's scientific support coordinators (located regionally around the country) are also planning to host Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) classes with their U.S. Coast Guard districts.
For those planning to attend the triennial International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in May 2024, OR&R will again be teaching several half-day Short Courses. The Short Courses will be on a broad range of response topics, with NOAA scientists presenting: Aerial Surveillance of Oil Spills; a hands-on session, NOAA Tools for Basic Oil Spill Forecasting and Modeling; and Responder Safety: Knowledge and Tools to Keep You and Your Team Safe During an Oil Spill.
Can’t attend an in-person training? OR&R also has job aids and on-demand training to help you prepare for disasters. In addition, OR&R’s Aerial Observations of Oil Spills course is always available online and OR&R’s ERMA® (Environmental Response Management Application) team has completed a series of videos that are available in the ERMA help menu to improve skills in using ERMA.
There is no cost to attend an OR&R trainings, but participants must cover their own travel expenses for in-person training. OR&R’s classes experience high demand and aim to diversify the participant composition to accommodate need, ensure a variety of perspectives and experiences, and enrich the class for the benefit of all participants.
In addition to the courses noted above for FY24, OR&R trainers will offer a Resource Advisor class for field observers assisting with large marine debris removal efforts, a NOAA-specific ICS-300 class [(Incident Command System-300) for candidates internal to NOAA], and an internal Safety Academy to help prepare NOAA staff and U.S. Coast Guard Strike Team Members to safely execute spill response duties in the field. Training dates will be made available on the OR&R Training Calendar.