Disaster Training

Building Trades Disaster Response Project – Upcoming Training

FREE Class: 40 Hour HAZWOPER

Date: Week of February 18, 2013
Time: 7 AM each day
Location: South Seattle Community College, Georgetown Campus
Seattle, Washington

The Teamsters/AGC Training Center has space available for our 40 Hour HAZWOPER at South Seattle Community College, Georgetown campus February 18th to 22nd. Class starts at 7:00 and is 9 hours Mon. – Thurs., 4 hours on Fri. This is a grant funded program so there is no charge. Participants need to call 509-545-8297 to sign-up.

Tom Hamilton, Director
Teamsters/AGC Training Center
2410 E. Saint Helens St.
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 545-8297 or Email

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Free Certification Courses

40-Hour Hazardous Waste Worker Training

December 6 – 9, 2010
Teamsters Local 174 14675 Interurban Ave. S. Tukwila, WA
Monday – Friday and begin daily at 7:00 am

January 10 – 14, 2011
Teamsters Training Center 2410 E. Saint Helens St. Pasco, WA
Monday – Friday and begin daily at 7:00 am

Pre-requisite: DOT Physical Card. You will be unable to attend without this.

You Must RSVP, Space for this class is limited. Those already having their OSHA 10 and 7600 will be given priority

RSVP to Shyeshye@gmail.com

8-Hour Hazardous Waste Worker Refresher

You must bring your refresher card or your 40-Hour card, from Any union certified training center.
If 14 months or more have elapsed since your last 8-Hr. Refresher, you must repeat the 40-Hr. HazMat.

Teamsters Training Center 2410 E. Saint Helens St. Pasco, WA

  • January 7, 2011- 7:00 am Sharp, Start time.
  • January 8, 2011- 7:00 am Sharp, Start time.
  • February 4, 2011- 7:00 am Sharp, Start time.
  • February 5, 2011- 7:00 am Sharp, Start time.

Teamsters Local 174 14675 Interurban Ave. S. Tukwila, WA

  • January 22, 2011- 7:00 am Sharp, Start time.

Teamsters Local 690 1912 N. Division Spokane, WA

  • January 29, 2011- 7:00 am Sharp, Start time.

You Must RSVP, Space for this class is limited. RSVP to Shyeshye@gmail.com

Please Scan any certifications you have listed on your Volunteer sheet that you have not provided and e-mail to shyeshye@gmail.com

Links and other Disaster Training Items


PDF of Building Trades Disaster Response Project Overview
Volunteer Sign Up
Flyer for Next OSHA 10 Training
Flyer for Next 7600 Disaster Training
Flyer for Next 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training
On line FEMA Certification Training (Free)
List of CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) from Fire Departments
Flyer for CERT
Flyer for RACES ( Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) Training
King County Red Cross Training Link
Washington State Search and Rescue Resources and Links

Overview of Federal Bill to Fund the Project
Full Current Bill to Fund the Project
Article: Building Trades to Train Members as Disaster Responders
Article: Second Responder Bill
Article: SF Building Trades Preps for Disaster Training
Article: Trades Volunteers Build Disaster Rescue Simulator
Volunteer Skills Training
Article: Teamsters Joining the Building Trades Disaster Response Project
Article: 2006 9 11 Experience Spurs Nonprofit Center to Offer Disaster Cleanup Training
Building Trades Disaster Response Project – May
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Shelter Box

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History of the Project

  • Before 9/11 concerned and intelligent citizens from Emergency Management and the Building Trades started working on a program to train construction tradeworkers to safely volunteer and work on disaster sites.
  • Lee Newgent, now at the King County Building Trades council, went to The Federal Building/ Oklahoma and to ground zero after 9/11. He then helped pioneer a training program that is now the national flagship program. F.I.R.S.T. A joint training of City of Seattle Firefighters, Operators, Ironworkers and Laborers.
  • The City of Seattle’s F.I.R.S.T. Fire Incident Response & Skilled Trades program was used to inspire and build other joint training programs. Though there are Less than a dozen of them across the US.
  • OSHA took the training outline to build the OSHA Construction Worker Disaster Training. OSHA 7600, a 16 hour course.
  • And to start the “Program Card” project. Giving a Federal Card showing the training to those that had taken OSHA 10, HAZWOPER 40 and the OSHA 7600.
  • Nov. 2001 CPWR began on- site training 1,800 workers. As of 2008 they had trained 5,300 Outreach Trainers and developed an interactive CD to help with training.
  • In 2007 Hillary Clinton Proposed The Skilled Trades Second Responders Act of 2007 (S. 2515). It would provide $35 million to train, certify, register and integrate skilled construction workers into disaster preparedness and response activities. The act also would establish a database that federal, state and local governments can use to identify and mobilize this workforce for disaster response activities. This bill was again proposed in 2008 and 2009.

Building Trades Disaster Response Training for Washington

Sisters in the Building Trades, using it’s unique ability to reach out across trade, and political lines and barriers, is:

  • Offering OSHA 7600 Training, OSHA 10, HAZWOPER 40 and First Aid/CPR.
  • Reaching out to All Building Trade Crafts, and their Apprenticeship Instructors as well as Contractors and their Safety Personnel
  • Coordinating an effort to build a local database of trained volunteers
  • Coordinating an effort for shared training of First Aid/CPR, OSHA 10 and HAZWOPPER 40

Is working on connecting and coordinating training with:

  • Search and Rescue
  • FEMA
  • Red Cross
  • CERT Community Emergency Response Training

Is working to connect this training and its skilled workers and volunteers with:

  • City Emergency Management
  • County Emergency Management
  • State Emergency Management
  • Federal Emergency Management
  • Washington State Labor & Industries/DOSH/WISHA

Response to This Effort

We are please to announce that the response from all of the aforementioned agencies and all trades that have been approached…..runs from Very Positive to More than Very Positive.

The November 2009 Cross Trades Training event, was the first time Washington State Emergency Management or King County Emergency Management had been fully introduced to the F.I.R.S.T. program, the OSHA program cards or the Building Trades Disaster Response Training Project.

The March 2010 Training Event, was the first time FEMA had been introduced to either program.

Why Us? Why Now?

  • As Seattle Washington has the flag ship program in the US for the F.I.R.S.T. Program
  • As Washington State’s Emergency management is more connected and trained than ever before in history due to the Howard Hanson Dam, new technology and the last decade of disasters.
  • We hope to use this opportunity to keep Washington as a leader in solutions, training, and community outreach, by making it work across Washington State, helping pass the Bill and coordinate the efforts at the Federal Level

What Went Wrong?

  • When Katrina happened the volunteers showing up with their program cards were set aside, and their card and skills not immediately recognized, as FEMA and local emergency Management, didn’t know what they were.
  • Those that had taken the training waited for a call, asking them to volunteer…..it never came.
  • Funding was never approved to create a database
  • If a data base were funded and created. It would need to reside at each States Representative of OSHA. In Washington that is DOSH formerly known as WISHA. A Division of Labor & Industries.
  • No one ever had the volunteers sign permission to share their information.
  • Existing Emergency Management and Response programs were not included.

We encourage you to join in this effort

  • to post the free training at your locals and websites
  • to send your instructors to learn to teach the class
  • to have a volunteer at your local or regional be in charge of your volunteers, collecting and updating certification and training data

We ask for any help and support you can offer…. From your Training Centers, Locals, Regional’s, Associations, Organizations, Members, Contractors, Vendors, and yourself

The Building Trades Disaster Response Project is an effort of the Sisters in the Building Trades, a non profit, to Train Construction Workers of All Trades, to help upright the world when proverbial “the Shit hits the Fan”.

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Sisters in the Building Trades

17701 108th Avenue SE
PMB #131
Renton, WA 98055
Phone: 206.618.6715
Fax: 253.850.1259
EIN# 56-2554359

The Next Meeting of the Sisters

When: March 9th, 2012
What Time: 5PM - 7PM
Where: 10516 SE 219th St, Kent WA

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