WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting four free ethanol safety seminars next week in Delaware and New Jersey. Attendees will receive in-depth information on proper training techniques that emergency responders and hazmat personnel need to effectively respond to an ethanol-related emergency. Certificates of Completion will be handed out to all attendees at the end of each safety seminar. The Delaware seminars will be held on Aug. 16 in Wilmington, with the first session from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. ET and the second from 5:30 p.m. –10 p.m. ET. Both events will be held at the Wilmington Emergency Operation Center. These seminars are held with grants from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. "Safety is our number one goal, and these ethanol seminars provide excellent training for first responders and others who wants to attend," said Steve Kramer, interim fire coordinator at Western Tech in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. "As a previous ethanol safety seminar attendee, these events are well worth the time." There will also be two ethanol safety seminars in Mahwah, New Jersey, on Aug. 18. The first session will be held from 9 a.m. –2 p.m. ET and the second session will be held from 5:30 p.m. –10 p.m. ET. Both events will be held at the Bergen County Fire Academy. The New Jersey seminars are being held through a grant with TRANSCAER and the Federal Railroad Administration, and in partnership with The New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway (NYSW). "Events like these are important as we educate emergency responders on proper training techniques," said Melanie Boyer, spokeswoman for NYSW. "While rail accidents are rare, we want to make sure everyone is properly briefed." The seminars are free to attend and open to the public. To register, visit www.rfa.traincaster.com.