Bioterrorism on the table at NCSC meeting

The National Cargo Security Council (NCSC) will hold its 2004 Roundtable I: Food/Bioterrorism at the Holiday Inn on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Set for February 11-12, the roundtable discussion will be devoted to consumables supply chain issues, including bioterrorism, theft, product tampering, money laundering, and diversion fraud. An indepth study of cargo crime in the food chain, including bioterrorism regulations, will be explained.

Ten security professionals from government, food associations, and retailers will present 12 food chain security issues, including an interactive discussion on raising the integrity of the food supply chain.

For more details, phone 410-956-0941 or go to the web site at

Course will explore claims management

The University of Wisconsin — Madison's School of Business will conduct the course entitled “Transportation Claims Management and Prevention” at two different dates and locations in 2004. One course session is set for February 16-17 in Scottsdale AZ; the other is May 5-6 in Madison.

Topics on the agenda of both sessions include:

  • Understanding how to process freight claims — business practices, issues, and opportunities

  • The legal side of domestic claims

  • The basics of dealing with international claims

  • Air cargo liability and claims management responsibility — international and domestic

  • Managing claims prevention and risk management practices

  • Motor carrier liability and claims management

  • Resolving rail claims disputes

  • Dispute resolution — alternative practices and procedures

  • Approaching claims management as Business Process Improvement (BPI)

  • Establishing a claims management action plan

To register, phone 800-348-8964; fax 800-741-7416; access; or contact The Pyle Center, Executive Education Registrations, 702 Langdon St, Dept 110, Madison WI 53706-1487.

Air Brake Training School dates scheduled

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has announced its 2004 schedule for Air Brake Training School. Besides traditional classroom training, Bendix will launch the first in a series of interactive training tools in 2004 to allow for individualbased instruction.

Tailored to both new and experienced technicians, the Air Brake Training School offers curriculum that covers fundamentals of compressed air, air system failure mode diagnosis tactics, and troubleshooting.

Locations and dates for the school sessions are:

Little Rock AR, May 10-12; Los Angeles CA, March 29-31; Denver CO, April 13-15; Hartford CT, May 18-20; Washington DC, Sept 28-30; Fort Lauderdale FL, May 11-13; Atlanta GA, Sept 13-16, Oct 11-14, and Nov 9-11; Chicago IL, June 1-3; Huntington IN, May 3-6, Aug 16-19, and Oct 4-7; Baltimore MD, March 23-25; Reno NV, May 17-20, Sept 20-23, and Oct 18-21; Albuquerque NM, Aug 10-12 ; Rochester NY, Nov 16-18; Charlotte NC, April 13-15; Elyria OH, April 19-22 and Sept 20-23; Oklahoma City OK, Sept 14-16; Philadelphia PA, June 22-24; Bedford TX, March 9-11, and Salt Lake City UT, June 21-23.

In Canada, locations and dates are: Edmonton, Alberta, Aug 16-18; and Montreal, Quebec, April 27-29.

A session will be held June 15-17 in Acuña, Mexico.

The Air Brake Training School costs $200 per student ($300 in Canadian funds). All course materials are provided. Lunch is included when the class meets from 8 am to 5 pm.

Class size is limited, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Training locations and times as well as registration information can be obtained by visiting or by phoning 800-257-2725 and selecting option 5.

Conference concerns vehicle maintenance

The 53rd annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC) has been scheduled for March 22-25, 2004. Hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle, the event has a theme of “Maintenance and Management in a Changing Economy.”

For more information, phone 206-543-5539, fax 206-543-2352, e-mail [email protected], or access online registration at

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