Emergency Responders Complete Union Pacific-Sponsored Tank Car Safety Course

Omaha, Neb., June 8, 2006 – Twenty-seven 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 - 19 at the Association of American Railroad's Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo. Union Pacific covered all the attendees’ expenses, with no cost being incurred by the communities or organizations.

Students received classroom training on a variety of safety subjects 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 37 five-day training programs at the Transportation Technology Center for more than 750 emergency response personnel from communities served by UP, as well as more than 130 Union Pacific response personnel.

In addition to the tank car safety courses at the Transportation Technology Center, 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:

  • Arizona:

Bill Bohling, Green Valley Fire Department, Tucson

  • Colorado:

Thad Vroman, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Gypsum

  • Idaho

Rich Denton, Pocatello Fire Department, Pocatello

  • Illinois:

Bob Graham, Lake Bluff Fire Department, Lake Bluff

Bruce Harrison, De Kalb Fire Department, De Kalb

Brad Smith, Altamont Fire Protection District, Altamont

Yeric Yarrington, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Springfield

  • Iowa:

Mike Schrum, Denison Fire Department, Denison

  • Kansas:

Ken Balsmeier, Manhattan Fire Department, Manhattan

  • Louisiana:

Patrick Freeman, West Monroe Fire Department, Calhoun

  • Missouri:

Don Seymore, Dexter Fire Department, Dexter

  • Nebraska:

Dan Mallory, Elkhorn Suburban Fire Department, Elkhorn

Adam Parsons, North Platte Fire Department, North Platte

  • Nevada:

David Jones, Carlin Volunteer Fire Department, Carlin

  • Oklahoma:

Michael Capps, Muskogee Fire Department, Muskogee

Jeff Perry, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Muskogee

  • Texas:

Lee Baumgardner, El Paso Fire Department, El Paso

Scott Harris, Ph.D, US EPA Region VI, Dallas

Robert Reed, Texas Commission Environmental Quality, San Antonio

  • Utah:

Eric Sloan, South Salt Lake Fire Department, South Salt Lake

  • Wyoming:

Lee Reese, Rock Springs Fire Department, Rock Springs

Union Pacific Railroad employees attending the course included: Bob Bryant, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.; Jeremy Carter, Omaha, Neb.; Byron Hoogland, DeSoto, Mo.; Cassandra Little, Omaha, Neb.; Darin Smith, Montgomery, Ill., and Takara Wash, City of Industry, Calif.

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.; Joe Barbari, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., and Russ McNamara, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Union Pacific’s Charlie Wright coordinated the course.

Jobs at Union Pacific

Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.up.com and click on "Jobs at UP."

About Union Pacific

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