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First oil spill cleanup classes in South Florida to begin.

by admin on May 21st, 2010

The has an article about the first traing in South Florida sponsored by PEC the company BP hired for training and the local SPCA.

The first South Florida hazmat trainings that are required for all volunteers and professionals participating in the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill cleanup will begin Monday in Fort Lauderdale, as the marine industry and wildlife organizations brace for the potential disaster.

There will be a total of 10 four-hour sessions, running over five consecutive days. The module targets those working with wildlife, including: veterinarians, first responders, wildlife paraprofessionals and volunteers with wildlife organizations.

The classes are free and are being conducted through PEC Premier, the Louisiana company with the British Petroleum contract to handle training and certifications. They will be held at Broward Sheriff’s Office public safety complex at 2601 W. Broward Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. A total of about 940 people can be certified.

The training was organized by the Humane Society of the United States and its local affiliate, the SPCA Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale.

“We have been getting a lot of calls from people wanting to help,” said center Executive Director Sherry Schlueter. “We are willing to assist in any way we are called on to do.”

Officials have stressed that everyone working on spill clean-up must be trained and certified, whether they are volunteers cleaning oil off birds or boat captains hired by BP to place oil-containing booms in the water. Different levels of training are required according to what jobs are being done.

The schedule for the Fort Lauderdale classes is: Morning classes from 8 am to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; afternoon classes from 1 pm to 5 pm on Monday through Friday; and evening classes from 6 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Participants must register in advance and can do so by emailing: Include your name; specify you want the Fort Lauderdale training location; and list which session you wish to attend, which organization you represent, and your email.

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  1. Steve Cart permalink

    I would like to volunteer if clean up is needed I have a small 19′ Key West and a kyak seems to be a problem with the address above evening classes.

  2. I would like to volunteer if clean up is needed I have a small 19′ Key West and a kyak seems to be a problem with the address above evening classes

  3. brandy coker permalink

    I’m wanting to help with the animals harmed or that have come into contact with the oilspill. Does anyone have any information or a website you can apply to.

  4. Stuart Petrie permalink

    Does the coast guard provide hozwoper training to get certified to help with the gulf of mexico clean up? I would love to help but can’t afford the fees most schools are charging. Please contact me asap as I am ready to head to the gulf provided I can get my certification.

  5. I have am an agent for a UK skimmer/ pump that can pump 21,000 gals per hour oil or water, called HD 80T, kindly view my web site www. Go to HD80T video! I need help and additional training for showing Demo! You can reach me at afurbie@ or call my office at 954-792-1116 or cell at: 954-684-1502, if you care! thank You! Art Furberg- owner of: Harrys waste oil co Inc/ Petroleum Recovery, Inc I have 40hr OSHA training and 5 other Hazmat certifications and BP oil basic training. I need next level of PEC training. Also 26 years in oil cleanup business in Broward County. This pump will work on shorelines and marsh areas, It will work better then anything I’ve seen out there! I need to show it, Help! Contact: Art Furberg

    • admin permalink

      I know BP has sai it’s besieged by ideas but something like this sounds like it would be great. Try contacting the local tv stations and newspapers here. There always looking to write a story on something like this, and that wil get you noticed by BP hopefully.

  6. Maria permalink

    Can you just be anyone to volenteer ? Or do you have to be certified ? Also , how old do you have to be ?

    • admin permalink

      Maria, it’s a shame but the volunteering thing just isn’t what everyone thought it would be. In Waveland MS, i saw people who had come down to help clean, and the police threatened them with arrest and a $500 dollar fine. Anyway contact some of the people on the Volunteer page and see if there isn’t something that you can do to help from home.

      • Maria permalink

        I already know all the things I can do from home . I want to be certified to help .

  7. Josh ware permalink

    Ilost my yellow card the other day what can I do to get a replacement card
    Lost my yellow card the other day

    • admin permalink

      Try BP hot line number for vessels of opportunity. 1 866-279-798

  8. DEBORAH permalink

    Come join us this weekend for a BOOM B Q planned Saturday, July 24th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 200 Calle Ensueno, Marathon, Fl.
    Help save our shorelines, join us and build hair booms. The grill masters will have the grills fired up and create their masterpieces for us. Food, Drinks, Music and fun for all! Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and take a dip in the pool.
    Please RSVP to

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