The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, 1264 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning, will be the site of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner - Pennsylvania State Fire Academy's special training program "Responding to Ethanol Incidents," on Saturday, April 28. The class runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Continuing the efforts to reduce the number of firefighter injuries and line of duty deaths, state Fire Commissioner Ed Mann, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, have combined forces in presenting this informative program to fire departments and municipal officials throughout the Commonwealth.

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner-Pennsylvania State Fire Academy is offering this new class utilizing curriculum from the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

For first responders, the addition of ethanol to gasoline presents some unique firefighting challenges. Traditional methods of firefighting against hydrocarbon (gasoline) fires have been found to be ineffective against these polar solvent-type (ethanol-blended) fuels.

The training program will cover a host of issues, including ethanol and blended fuels, transportation of ethanol blended fuels, storage and dispensing and fire fighting foam principles for ethanol blended fuels.

To register, contact the Carbon County EMA at (570) 325-3097 to obtain an application. Registration is mandatory, no walk-ins will be permitted. Applications must be returned to Patrick Pauly at the PA State Fire Academy, 1150 Riverside Drive, Lewistown, PA 17044, or fax it to (717) 248-3580, by April 13.

The Carbon County EMA has also coordinated the following emergency services training sessions.

Registration is required. To register, call the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency at (570) 325-3097.

Incident Safety Officer - CCFA, Feb. 6, 13, and 27, and March 5, at Lehighton Fire Department.

ICS-400: Feb. 18 and 19, at the Carbon County EMA.

Duties and Responsibilities of the EMC, local EMCs quarterly training, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

ICS-200: March 3 and 4, at the Carbon County EMA. Prerequisite for ICS-300.

Hazmat Awareness: March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Carbon County EMA.

ICS-300: March 24, 25, 27, and 29, at the Carbon County EMA. Prerequisite for ICS-400.

Respiratory Protection - CCFA, March 26, 28, and 31, at the Carbon County EMA.

Hazmat Operations Refresher: March 31, 8 a.m. at the Carbon County EMA.

C.E.R.T., April 16, 23, and 30, at the Carbon County EMA.

ICS-400 April 21 and 22, at the Carbon County EMA.