Basic training scheduled each afternoon at Jeff Davis campus

BP has announced that basic safety and health training for volunteers will take place Monday through Saturday at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium at the Jefferson Davis Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

These volunteer training sessions will qualify volunteers to participate in pre-landfall beach cleaning to minimize impact on the beaches of any oil contamination of trash and debris on the beaches, BP said. It will not qualify the volunteers to do cleanup of oil contaminated beaches and wildlife.

Advanced preparations are being made for a major protection and cleaning effort on the shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. According to BP, Command Centers opened Saturday, but no other information was available at this writing.

The basic training sessions, which actually began in Jackson County over the weekend, will also be conducted at the Jackson County Campus of Gulf Coast Community College at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Training session also are in the works for the Hancock County Center of Pearl River Community College, BP said.