WASHINGTON The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting two free ethanol safety seminars later this month in Benton, Illinois. 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 the safety seminar. The Benton seminars will be held on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m.2 p.m. CT or 5:30 p.m.10 p.m. CT at the Benton Fire Department. Lunch and dinner will be provided. The seminars will be held with help from an Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant. James Ball, the Emergency Response Administrator Chief in Rhode Island, previously attended an RFA ethanol safety seminar and praised the event. The ethanol safety seminar was very educational and timely, he said. In Rhode Island, we have ethanol unit trains that arrive in downtown Providence twice a week in a highly congested area. The training provided first responders information on chemical properties and environmental fate that can be applied in an environmental emergency. They also discussed the application of AR-AFFF foam and the requirements for amounts needed to be applied based on the size of the incident, he added. The seminars are free to attend and open to the public, but are limited to the first 50 registrants. To register, visit www.rfa.traincaster.com.