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Spring Workshop 2019

Elastec Spring Workshop 2019

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019


An intensive, hands-on oil spill workshop. Our Spring Workshop was designed for spill responders who desire in-depth river booming and oil skimmer training. The three-day workshop begins with a full day of classroom orientation at Elastec in Carmi followed by two rigorous booming and skimmer deployment days on the Wabash River in New Harmony, Indiana. The SPRING WORKSHOP qualifies as an 8-hour Hazwoper refresher course.

The price of the Spring Workshop 2019 is $1,250.00 and includes all workshop events, training and lunches. Travel and lodging are additional. First priority will be given to paid registrants as space is limited.

This year’s instructors will be Trever Millar and Alejandro Vavra of SWAT Consulting.

Trever MillerTrever Miller

Trever has not been in the industry a long time, but in the 28 years he has been in, he has worked in all aspects of Environmental field operations with a focus on Emergency Spill Response.

He is a recognized name in Emergency Management, Spill Coordination, and Training; his expertise has been gained from a diverse range of emergency response situations relating to pipeline ruptures, train derailments, truck rollovers, well blowouts, offshore releases and phantom spills. Although well versed in all spill aspects, Trever specializes on inland water spill response.

Trever has responded to and project managed over 600-medium to large scale release situations. He has been involved with initiating, developing and implementing the Incident Command System (ICS) for clients in most release situations and helping companies to contain and remediate a release situation in all weather conditions. Examples: Macondo Gulf Spill, Kalamazoo River, Red Deer River, North Sask River, Slocan River, Yellowstone River, Pine River, Wabamun Lake, Wood Buffalo and recently a tributary to the little Missouri River.

Trever has had the opportunity to work with an International Consulting company developing response plans and has worked with the Washington State Department of Ecology to develop the Puget Sound Global Response Plan. Trever has also developed spill contingency plans and tactical data sheets for eight of the largest Oil and Gas Companies and pipeline companies in the world.

With his extensive knowledge and experience he also develops and instructs training classes for industry throughout North America and has most recently provided instruction to Oil and Gas Companies in the Middle East.

Alejandro VavraAlejandro Vavra

Alejandro Vavra has been involved in emergency response and emergency preparedness for 8 years. Currently, he is a Response Manager and Senior International Trainer for Emergency Response. He has been involved in several of the largest U.S. inland responses and led over 1200 successful in-situ burns during one of the coldest recorded winters in North Dakota. He takes personal pride in formulating a response plan that guarantees net-environmental gain while also achieving cost-effectiveness.

Alejandro has facilitated countless preparedness courses and exercises across North America. His passions and specialties are Fast Water and Winter Spill response. Currently he is developing a Winter Spill Response Manual, which dives deeper into the dynamic interactions of hydrocarbons and glaciology, to ensure an effective response is mounted during the most extreme weather conditions. He is also currently working on a Technical Report for API on Swift Water Spill Response: Good practice guidelines for Initial Spill Response Management and Operational Tactics.

He assists clients by conducting comprehensive emergency preparedness program assessment, developing or updating emergency plans and by developing and conducting full scale and tabletop training exercises. Other services provided to clients include performing cold eye reviews, spill risk analysis, response plan evaluation, environmentally sensitive area assessment, and writing contingency plans.

Alejandro was a lead member on the development of a multi-national, multi-jurisdictional geographic area response plan for oil and hazardous material releases that spanned from Buffalo, New York to Montreal, Quebec. He is currently working on behalf of another client to ensure that compliance with a Department of Justice Consent Decree is met and would continue to be achieved until the year 2020.

With his extensive knowledge and experience, he also develops and instructs training classes for industry throughout North America and has most recently provided instruction to Operations in the Arctic Circle.

"Good class, learning river side of oil spil was very interesting and a good learning experience."

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