GBK has supported more than 50 International, Federal, state, and local response organizations to include: US Army National Guard Civilian Support Teams (CST); US Coast Guard; NATO; US Army; US Navy; US Air Force; and the Marine Corps. We have provided emergency response training and certification services for the Government of Kuwait, Military Academy at Westpoint, and national emergency response agencies in Iceland, Spain, Japan, Korea, Italy, and Germany. Over the last 15-years GBK has trained over 4,500 level III HAZMAT Technicians for the US Government alone.
GBK's emergency response training and certification experts hold certifications and approvals with the International Firefighter Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), USEPA External Provider Program, as well as number of other accrediting organizations to provide accredited training to both our public, and private-sector clients.
Workers assigned to duties involving the emergency response to hazardous materials incidents must receive training. OSHA's HAZWOPER standard, as well as the National Fire Protection Association's recommended practices 471 and 472 have standardized tiered approaches to emergency responder competencies that are based on the responders' role in your organization's emergency response plan. GBK's experts assists our clients in identifying the appropriate competency requirement whether it be competencies for a First Responder at the Operational Level or a Private Sector Specialist Employee-A.
Merck Pharmaceutical, Albany, GAGBK were commissioned by Merck to provide emergency response training at this facility because of the storage of 6,000 gallons of a highly toxic organophosphate chemical used in the manufacture of HIV/AIDS treatment drug AZT. This same chemical is also pre-cursor ingredient in the manufacture of VX, a deadly chemical nerve agent. GBK performed an in-depth risk assessment of the facility and identified the critical competencies required by response personnel to deal with a potential terrorist incident at the facility. A training course was then developed based upon these requirements and the established competency certification process.
Some milestones and deliverables included: