Emergency Responders Complete Union Pacific-Sponsored Tank Car Safety Course
Omaha, Neb., June 1, 2005 Twenty-four emergency response personnel from across the western two-thirds of the nation have completed a tank car safety course sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad.
The five-day, 40-hour course was held May 15-20 at the Association of American Railroad's Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo.
Students received classroom training on different types of tank cars, including how to use resource materials describing tank car types, fittings and construction during an emergency. The course provided hands-on experience in assessing tank car damage, making repairs, transferring hazardous materials from damaged equipment, and using protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus.
As a "final exam," the class participated in simulated hazardous material accidents. The simulations help students understand how the railroad works with them in an emergency and how to work safely while on railroad property.
Since 1986, Union Pacific has sponsored 35 five-day training programs at the Transportation Technology Center for 730 emergency response personnel from communities served by UP.
In addition to the tank car safety courses at Pueblo, Union Pacific offers local hazardous material training programs to communities. More than 160,000 emergency response personnel have attended various training programs since 1979.
The emergency response personnel who attended the course from communities or businesses were:
Richard Lineberry, City of Yuma Fire Department, Yuma
Margy Marshall, California Division of Forestry/Fire Protection, Mount Shasta
Daniel Potter II, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Castle Rock
Andy Stewart, Fort Hall Fire Department, Fort Hall
Dave Modrowski, Union Tank Car Company, Chicago
Freddy Friedricksen, Wheatland Fire Department, Calamus
Brian Miller, Liberal Fire Department, Liberal
Preston Summers, Louisiana State Police, Abbeville
Tim Krickle, Independence Fire Department, Independence
Randy Gray, Las Vegas Fire Department, Las Vegas
Gary Corona, West Wendover Fire Department, West Wendover
- New Mexico
Tim Harvey, New Mexico State Police, La Luz
Matt Allen, Texas Comm on Environmental Quality, Houston
Bruce Mathis, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Baytown
Mike Winford, Midland Fire Department, Midland
Terry Addison, City of South Salt Lake Fire Department, South Salt Lake
A.J. Barto, Salt Lake City Fire Department/UT Task Force 1, Kamas
Brian White, FBI/Hazardous Materials Response Unit, Woodbridge
Tyson DePoe, Seattle Fire Department, Port Orchard
Mike Hietpas, Appleton Fire Department/NE Regional HazMat, Appleton
Union Pacific Railroad employees attending the course included: Tom Farrell, Westmoreland, Calif.; Stayc Hummel, Tucson, Ariz.; and Jason Reed and Kyle Sheffler, Omaha, Neb.
Instructors included Charlie Wright, manager–hazardous material training, Union Pacific Railroad; Dean Cooper, manager - chemical transportation safety, Union Pacific Railroad; Al Maty, chief inspector, Association of American Railroads–Bureau of Explosives; Danny Simpson, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.; Bill Baker, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.; Joe Barbari, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.; Russ McNamara, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.; and Todd Skoglund, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Union Pacific’s Charlie Wright coordinated the course.
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.
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