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Lynden HazMat experts conduct training in the most remote location yet

Posted on Wed, Mar 18, 2020

Lynden Training Center's Don WerhonigLynden Training Center's Tyler Bones and Don Werhonig traveled to Sainshand, Mongolia last year to teach HazMat Operations Training to 67 students representing National and Local Emergency Management Agencies (NEMA and LEMA), the Mongolian Railroad and military personnel. The training and exercises were coordinated by the U.S. Army Pacific as a way to coordinate interagency response, humanitarian assistance and improve the Mongolian first responder's ability to conduct response activities. Both Don and Tyler volunteered for the trip supported by Lynden.

"We were asked to be involved in this exercise and exchange because of our experience with transportation, hazardous materials response and training. The State of Alaska's sister country is Mongolia, which is why they reached out to Alaska participants," Tyler explains. The Mongolian Railroad connects Russia and China and hazardous freight is hauled through Mongolia daily. The local fire departments have very limited training on handling a hazardous materials incident, so Tyler and Don prepared them for a potential disaster involving a railroad incident that releases hazardous materials into a community.

The exercise and training was not only attended by U.S. and Mongolian personnel, there were also representatives from Japan, Australia, Kazakhstan and 20 other countries.

"For me, Mongolia drew several parallels to the way we live our lives here in Alaska. The people work hard, have a passion for emergency response, and take their jobs very seriously. I made long term friends while working there."

"They are protecting their communities with minimal equipment, old apparatus and huge hearts," Tyler says. "This training has reminded us that professional emergency responders exist throughout the world." Lynden Training Center is available to provide remote training worldwide, but this was the most remote location ever visited by the trainers.

Tags: Alaska West Express, Lynden Training Center, Hazardous Materials Training

Lynden Training Center first to conduct rescue course for Alaska certification

Posted on Thu, Aug 08, 2019

Kodiak Fire DepartmentThe Lynden Training Center recently conducted a six-day course in Kodiak for the Kodiak Fire Department. "We are extremely proud that the General Technical Rescuer class is the first of its kind to be taught in Alaska for State of Alaska certification," says Tyler Bones, Director of HSSE.

The Fairbanks-based Training Center has been working with the Alaska Fire Marshal's office for the past six months to become accredited to instruct the course. "It's rare that new courses are added to the state's accreditation list, so our training center being the first shows what a great working relationship we have with the state," Tyler explains. In 2015, the Center received accreditation from the State of Alaska Training and Education Bureau as the first third-party provider to offer State of Alaska hazardous materials training, a designation usually reserved for state agencies and fire departments.

The Kodiak Fire Department has received Lynden training for the past two years. Last year, after the department completed the Confined Space Rescue course, firefighters put their skills to the test when responding to a rescue on a fishing vessel.

Lynden Training Center"Tyler and Don have provided incredibly technical and thorough training for our department in both Confined Space Rescue and most recently, the first-ever State of Alaska General Technical Rescuer," says Kodiak Fire Chief Jim Mullican. "Their expertise and professionalism allowed my staff to practice in real-world situations, honing their skills in a positive learning environment. It is a pleasure to work with two top-notch instructors." Don and Jim are pictured to the right during the training.

For more than 20 years, the Lynden Training Center in Fairbanks, AK has provided training to individuals, businesses and government employees all over Alaska and the Lower 48. Experienced Lynden instructors educate, train and prepare people from all industries to work safely, prevent accidents and to respond to disasters like chemical spills, train derailments and other emergencies. Professional development courses with classroom instruction are followed by hands-on exercises and drills in simulated response situations.

General Technical Rescuer classCollectively, Lynden Training Center instructors have over 180 years of experience including transportation, military, oil and gas, industrial, fire and emergency response. Their 'real-world' knowledge includes serving as firefighters, on the front lines of the military and as members of first responder rescue teams all over the world. Lynden trainers offered 107 courses in 2018 and instructed 936 students.

"It is very rewarding to be a part of educating and preparing people for emergency response and to help fire departments like Kodiak serve their community," Tyler says.

Tags: Alaska West Express, Lynden Training Center, Hazardous Materials Training

Alaska West Training Center renamed Lynden Training Center

Posted on Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Alaska West Training Center renamed Lynden Training Center; now accredited for national and international hazardous materials response training

Lynden Training Center logoThe Alaska West Training Center (AWTC) has a new name and is newly accredited to provide hazardous materials response training that meets national and international criteria. The Alaska West Express Training Center is now the Lynden Training Center and is accredited by the State of Alaska Training and Education Bureau as the first third-party provider to offer State of Alaska hazardous materials training, a designation usually reserved for state agencies and fire departments. The accreditation includes ProBoard, IFSAC and Methods of Instruction (MOI) designations that bring national and international notoriety.

For almost 20 years, the Lynden Training Center in Fairbanks has been providing training to individuals, businesses and government personnel all over Alaska and the Lower 48.

"It was a long process to receive accreditation, and we are proud of our entire team and the relationships we have developed with our partners at the state agencies. We appreciate their support and professionalism as we worked toward this goal," says Tyler Bones, Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) Manager at the Center. "It's a great feeling to know that what you teach has the potential to save lives in the workplace."

The Center offers hands-on real-world workplace safety training in hazardous materials transportation, emergency response for hazardous materials, specialized rescue, mining and workplace safety and training on the Incident Command System (ICS).

"We are excited to partner with the Lynden Training Center. Their instructors are professional, highly trained and skilled," says Tori Clyde, Fire Training Specialist for the Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety. "The Lynden team delivers training and educational courses while enforcing safety as their utmost priority. Their performance during the accreditation process was outstanding."

Collectively, Lynden Training Center instructors have over 180 years of experience including transportation, military, oil and gas, and emergency response. Course offerings vary from fork lift training to hazardous materials transportation, and include specific courses for rescue team personnel. One of the training facility's biggest assets is the ability to simulate real-life emergency situations.

An active railroad track with a variety of rolling stock, including a specially designed roll-over MC306 tanker built by Lynden, is configured to simulate rollovers and many other training situations. Intermodal tanks and other container training props round out the fleet of rolling stock.

The Lynden family of companies' combined capabilities include: truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, scheduled barges to Alaska and Hawaii, charter barges, rail barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered air freighters, domestic and international shipping via air and ocean forwarding, customs brokerage, trade show shipping, remote site construction, sanitary bulk commodities hauling and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality customer service awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

 

Tags: Lynden Training Center, Hazardous Materials Training, State of Alaska Training and Education Bureau

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