What is Inland Waterways Spill Responder Training?

Wakota CAER is the proud sponsor of the Inland Waterways Spill Responder Training, the first training course offered in Minnesota for response to oil spills on water. "Boom School" teaches local responders how to contain and recover petroleum on moving water. This training is valuable for individuals who lack experience using oil spill response equipment.

What is covered in the training?

This combination of classroom and hands-on instruction covers techniques for containing and recovering petroleum spills on moving water. Industry and regulatory personnel with experience responding to oil spills on water instruct the course. Wakota CAER members provide the boats and booming equipment. If they choose, attendees may use their own equipment during the training.

Do I need to bring anything on the date of training?

Required PPE includes long pants, substantial footwear (safety shoes recommended - sneakers are OK), no sandals or Teva's. Suggested gear would include hat or visor, sunscreen, sunglasses, gloves, rain gear, sweater or sweatshirt, and anything else you may want for a day on the water. You may consider a pad of paper and a pen for notes.

We will provide coolers on each boat with water, gatorade, juice, snacks. Lunch will be provided.

How do I sign up for this training?

Registration forms are available at the CAER website's home page . Seeya at training!

800 MHz Radio Operation Training

Attendees will now receive 800 MHz radio communication training as part of the Boom School. This module will teach responders how to communicate using radios on the state radio system. We've also integrated a functional table top exercise into the curriculum. This will be a great way for responders to apply what they've learned in a mock spill scenario.

Boat Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard will be providing a one day “Water Craft Operation and Safety” course prior to all three day “Inland Waterways Spill Responder Training” sessions. This course will be a required prerequisite for all participants in the full three day sessions.

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