New Response Professionals Program


Tuesday, November 7th has been built for “new to the industry” personnel. This is an opportunity for these individuals to see the big picture of how all the entities interface and work together for successful and ever improving responses. The events listed below are all part of this program and are open to all registration categories.

Workshop: Response Basics
8:00 AM – 11:15 AM

The intended audience for this workshop are people with fewer than 2 years’ experience in emergency response

The workshop was created to provide incident management team personnel with a basic knowledge of critical response operations. These activities include the areas of Oil Spill Containment & Recovery, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Alternative Response Strategies (Dispersants/In Situ Burning), and Well Control. Subject matter experts (SME) will provide presentations on their topic with interactive discussions, demonstrations, and visual aids intended to further the understanding of the participants.

Response Basics Table Top Exercise
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Table top Prerequisite – advance registration, and confirmed attendance, in the Response Basics Workshop

The purpose of this tabletop exercise is to put into practice the knowledge gathered in the preceding response basics workshop. It will focus on the first 12 hours of a response and provide hands-on applications of response tools while attendees create and discuss objectives, strategies, tactics, and incident considerations. The attendance for this event is limited to a maximum of 40 people by invitation only and will be made up of equal parts state, federal, operators, and vendor representatives. Those invited will be notified by October 13, 2023.

FORUM: Maintaining Response Industry Integrity: Stakeholder Perspectives and Shared Obligations for Doing Their Part, organized by SCAA
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

NOTE: This forum is not specifically intended for attendees new to the response industry but is an excellent window into current issues faced by the industry and how they collaborate.

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 in addition to other rules, laws and legislation are doing their job and protecting the environment. With fewer and fewer responses happening in the US every year, the question must be asked, are we really prepared? Are these laws helping or hurting the response industry? Is there partnership amongst OSRO contractors, plan holders and regulatory bodies? Is the partnership strong?

The forum will focus on how industry, regulators, and contractors can partner together to be better prepared for responses. The program will consist of an informal dialogue and exchange of ideas to strengthen the industry to ensure that responses are streamlined in an effective manner protecting community, responders, and property and reviewing the consequences of the alternatives. Join SCAA for a rounded perspective from various stakeholders discussing shared obligations and doing their part, concluding with a short, hosted reception.

Welcome Reception, sponsored by E3 OMI
5:30 PM– 6:30 PM

Continue right into the evening and enjoy some networking time with your new-found colleagues, complete with freshly gained understanding of the tapestry that is the response industry. Welcome to your new community.

Is your company Interested in showing support by sponsoring this program? Are you searching for new talent or in hiring mode? Among other promotions, sponsorship allows for full access to the program including networking time with the new professional attendees. For details on sponsorship contact Renie Mayfield at or 720-289-7008