The Pacific Northwest is experiencing rapid changes in the railcar movement of oil to our ports and refineries. Engines hauling 100 or more tank cars of Bakken crude oil pass through the Seattle area about 20 times per week, and the volume is increasing. Not just any crude, the oil these trains carry is a highly flammable product extracted from the Bakken region of North Dakota. In the wake of recent derailment incidents in the Pacific Northwest, and across the United States, many are concerend for the safety of their communities.

This training is designed to give participants general awareness and safety information on Bakken crude oil, and an understanding of what their municipalities, communities, and organizations need to know to be prepared in the event of a rail incident.

Emergency Responders, oil and transportation industry professionals, safety experts, local and state officials, public policy leaders, environmental and human health professionals, and community members have the opportunity to gain a unified understanding of the emerging risks, as well as their respective roles and considerations for incident preparedness, response and resilience.

This training is offered in partnership with City of Bellingham Emergency Management






Course objectives

Participants will be able to:
• Characterize the unique physical properties and hazards of Bakken crude oil
• Describe where Bakken oil is coming from and how it is being transported
• Relate case studies from recent incidents
• Identify the imminent response issues that municipal, county, state, and federal organizations will face and the hazard response steps they will need to take   



Emergency and field responders; transportation experts; safety professionals; leaders from municipal, county, state, and federal agencies; environmental professionals; hazardous waste professionals; public policy leaders; community leaders.



John Malool is the course director and lead instructor for the hazardous materials training program at the Centers for Education and Training of the NIOSH-funded New York-New Jersey Education and Research Center, and the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. He has many years of hazardous waste site health and safety experience with the federal government, and currently serves as Chief of Operations of a Hazmat Unit for a regionalized county fire department in New Jersey. In addition, he served as the Hazardous Materials Response Team Coordinator for the Mid-Bergen HazMat Response Team. John has also worked as a Senior Training Specialist for the for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Training Center in Edison, NJ and an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist for the Response and Prevention Branch of the US EPA. Prior to his five years’ experience with the US EPA, he managed a hazardous waste clean-up company. John holds a BS degree in Fire Protection and Safety Administration from Jersey City State College, and an MS degree in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, CUNY-Hunter College.


David Byers was the State On-Scene Coordinator for Washington at the Mosier oil train derailment and fire in June 2016, and manages statewide response operations for the Washington State Department of Ecology. David will speak on Washington's new rule regarding Bakken oil transport.



Paul Gazdik has served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Bellingham since 2015. Prior to his position with the City of Bellingham Paul was located in Brown County Wisconsin, where worked with Brown County's emergency management for seven years. Paul joined Brown County emergency management as an intern, then moved up to emergency management coordinator, and then director. During his time with Brown County, Paul helped bring the department into the digital age by using social media to connect with community members about emergency preparedness.

These instructors will be joined by other local emergency management officials and hazmat emergency response professionals as well.




American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certification Maintenance can be obtained for this activity. See the ABIH website for CM credit criteria.