Tow Professional

VOL6 ISS1 2017

Tow Professional is a comprehensive publication for the towing and recovery market. It is mailed directly to more than 29,000 decision makers including owners, presidents, CEO's and principals of towing companies throughout the United States.

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and vehicle recovery. Seeing the need, realizing the potential, I knew I needed training. I entered the HAZWOPER scene in the early 90's after stand-by times of 2 to 3 hours waiting on a certified company to respond and do 20 minutes of work so I could do my job. Insurance companies began to push back on charges for wait or stand-by time, and it was becoming a p roblem to get the road opened back up as well. My reasons were several, take control and handle the entire job and clear the scene. Once the authorities understood my capabilities and wit- nessed a quick response, calls unrelated to traffic mishaps became a source of clean ups, and, therefore, revenue. Storm drains also became a focal point for spills on roadways and in park- ing lots. They needed to be flushed out so a rain event did not wash the spilled material out and into creeks, streams, ponds or other waterways. My idea for FlowStop was brought about to develop an inflatable pipe plug that would contain the spill inside the storm drain and there- by regulate the evacuation of the contam- inants. In the following years, FlowStop added quick deployment spill contain- ment products known as FlowStop Football and Golfball containment plugs. FlowStop product line led to an intro- duction to Captain Rudy Dinkins, a veter- an of fire/ Hazmat service and Hazmat i nstructor with over 30 years of experi- ence. Beaty and Dinkins discussed at length developing a curriculum specifical- ly for the towing and recovery industry pertaining to CFR 1910.120 (paragraph q & r) for HAZWOPER certification. Hazmat Responder Network LLC began certifica- tion training with minimal time away from business. Class begins on Thursday evening and continues through the week- end, finishing on Sunday. The class includes classroom, as well as, hands-on instruction. Training has been provided for several states' towing associations. HRN welcomes inquiries from towing associations that would like to recom- mend this program to their membership body. Simply realizing the need and then getting the right training is where our lim- itless potential begins unlocking. Listen one tower's experience with this: "For six- teen years I have been in the towing and recovery industry and never realized that at some point, I would need to have addi- tional training to deal with the clean-up and hazardous debris left by the wreck- age or the breakdown of the vehicles I was towing. I recently had the opportuni- ty to take the Hazmat class offered by Perry Beaty and Rudy Dinkins of Hazmat Responders Network. This was one of the wisest and smartest moves forward for me and my company. Now when a cus- tomer calls, not only can we clean up the wreckage, we can clean up the spilled contaminants. No longer will it be neces- sary to call out additional resources. Hazmat Responder Network offered a class that left no stone unturned. I left the class with all I needed to take on the process and feel comfortable about the responsibility." It does not stop with right training; we must tap into the limitless potential by moving into the right action—doing it! One of our greatest success stories of a company that has just done that comes from Joe Coram, President of Canton Towing: "I have had the pleasure back in June of 2017 of being introduced to 46 Tow Professional | Volume 6 • Issue 1 |

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