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UMFK offering CAMEO training

April 14, 2006

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region I will be offering a Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) course from Monday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 7.

The 3-day training course will be held in Nadeau Hall teleconference room and run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., each day. Registration on Monday will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The instructor is Leonard B. Wallace IV, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England.

The course is designed for public safety professional, including planners, managers and first responders. Those involved in industrial and environmental safety or regulation will also find the training useful.

CAMEO is a system of software applications used widely to plan for and respond to chemical emergencies. These include a powerful search engine that allows users to find chemicals and their properties and hazards instantly, a map interface for displaying this information on computer maps, and a modeling program for estimating the downwind dispersion of a chemical cloud under various conditions.

The very latest additions to the software will be covered. These include modeling for explosions, fireballs, flaming pools of liquid and "bleve's" or Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosions.

"UMFK is pleased to sponsor this professional training in chemical and hazardous materials training and disaster management for Northern Maine," said Dr. Tony Enerva, assistant professor of public safety administration and criminal justice. "UMFK is committed to providing professional training, support and resources necessary to maintain high standards and quality in our workforce."

Individuals are required to bring their own laptop computers (Windows or Macintosh). Internet access is not required but computers must have an internal or external CD or CD/DVD drive. You also need to bring a notebook and pens. A limited number of laptops are available for use from the University.

Participants will be leaving the training sessions with a fully functioning suite of applications, ready to use back at their respective agencies and departments.

Those completing the training will receive a certificate for 24 contact hours. The hours earned are applicable to HAZZWOPPR, HAZCOM and other professional requirements, including 3.0 CM points from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and 2.0 CEUs toward certification with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

The cost of the training is $12.00 American or $15.00 Canadian, which includes all materials and lunch for each day. Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 30.

To register or for more information contact Eno in UMFK's academic outreach office at 834-7835 or toll free at 1-888-TRY-UMFK. Or go to: www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/outreach/cameo/.