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Saturday, 23 January 2021 03:37

Hazardous Material Technician Certification Class Featured

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When Oil Spill First Responders respond to an oil spill, training is not just a good idea, it is the law. According to OSHA, workers who handle oil spills must be trained annually.

The Ostego Bay Oil Spill CO-OP will present the mandatory O.S.H.A CFR1910/120 training at the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center on February 8th, 9th & 11th.

Joanne Semmer, President of the Ostego Bay Oil Spill Co-Op stated "This training is invaluable for both first responders and volunteers. "

The program begins with classroom instruction at the Marine Science Center, 718 Fisherman’s Wharf, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday February 8th and Tuesday February 9th followed by on the water drill day and annual refresher on Thursday February 11th at Salty Sam’s Marina, 2500 Main Street Fort Myers Beach.

Cost to Members of the Ostego Bay Oil Spill Co-Op is $300 per person while non-member is $350. Those that require just the 8-hour yearly recertification meet on Thursday February 11th at Salty Sam’s Marina. The recertification class is $100 for members or $150 for non-members. Registration and payment must be made in advance by contacting Joanne Semmer at 239-470-4993.

In 1991, the state of Florida began requiring local marinas to either maintain first-response capabilities themselves or contract with outside experts to provide those first response services.

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The Ostego Bay Environmental Response Co-op was created in 1992 to meet those state requirements and meet the needs of the local maritime community. Learn more about the co-op at

Should boaters or marinas encounter an oil or fuel spill, they should contact the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center at 800-424-8802. he National Response Center (NRC) is not a response agency. It serves as an emergency call center that fields INITIAL reports for pollution and forwards that information to all of the appropriate federal/state agencies for response.

For more information please contact: Joanne Semmer, President Ostego Bay Oil Spill Co-op

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