This month’s spotlight is one of the most remote gas station UST sites in the United States: Tinian Fuel Services on the island of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Tinian has a population of just over 3,100 people, is a US Territory, and served as a critical airfield base of operations at the end of World War II. If you could fly there from my office near Seattle, it would take over 17 hours to get there.
What makes Tinian Fuel Services such a good candidate on this month’s spotlight is their commitment to Class C UST operator training. I’ve had the good fortune to train the Tinian Fuel Services staff in 2012 and again as a fresher in 2014 while doing Class A/B training in CNMI and I’ve spent the last two years staying in touch with them via email.
Recently I received a request to review the Tinian Fuel Services Class C UST Operator training plan. Normally I don’t offer courtesy reviews but because I’ve had such a nice working relationship with the site manager, I thought I’d do it as a favor.
When I did I was pleasantly surprised: I found a highly detailed, well thought out plan that was easy to follow. The author did a great job helping employees to understand risk, respond to incidents, and prepare to be safe while handling petroleum. They created a very thorough staff manual that they review in a class and even have a fire extinguisher class.
So the challenge to all our loyal readers out there is to be as least as good as Tinian Fuel Services. If these good people can be this committed to Class C training, then so can you, regardless of your location.