Union Pacific Community Advisory Panel of Central Arkansas

Minutes of Meeting March 11, 2014

Union Pacific's Jenks Shop, North Little Rock, Arkansas


Community Representatives: Chris Ameling (Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office); Ginger Bailey (AR Crisis Response); Belinda Burney (Dark Hollow CDC); J.T. Cantrell (Pulaski County OEM); Richard Davis (AR State Fusion Center); Rick Ezell (NLR OEM); Gary Franklin (Retired UP); Ruth Franklin (Sherwood Community Rep.); Joseph Gray (LR Fire); Ron Hale (Operation Lifesaver); Phil Kirkland (Conway Fire); Alan Laughy (Jacksonville Fire); Bob Mauldin (NLR Fire); Shelia McGhee (Faulkner Co. OEM); Cindy Milazzo (Community Rep); Stanley McKinney (LR Fire); Leonard Montgomery (NLR Police); Nancy Sheehan (Capitol View/Stifft Station Neighborhood Assoc.); Kendell Snyder (ADEM); Max Spriggs (LR Police); Bill Temple (AR Dept. of Health); PerryLyn Wilson-Robinson (Dark Hollow CDC); Jon Wolfe (UAMS)

Union Pacific Representatives: Tiecy Cotton (UP Risk Management); Scott George (Jenks Shop Director), Chip Heard (UP Hazmat Manager)

Guests: Christopher Spence,VP & Legislative Chairman, Grant County Farm Bureau

Facilitator: Kathryn Matchett


Representatives of: Argenta Neighborhood Boosters; CTEH; CenterPoint Energy; FBI; Friday, Eldredge & Clark; LR Port Authority; MEMS; NLR Health Dept.; NLR Mayor's Office; NLR School District; Pulaski Tech; Veterans' Administration

Community-at-Large Representatives: Emma Jane Ohnemus; John Ohnemus

Welcome/Safety Briefing and UP Minute

Welcome, Safety Briefing & UP Minute  -  Scott George, Director, Jenks Shop

Introductions & Announcements - Kathryn Matchett, UPCAP Facilitator

Introductions of Members and Guests

Next Meetings:  May 13, July 8, September 9, November 11  (Kathryn will consult with the 2014 Advisory Committee to finalize the topics/speakers.)

Operation Lifesaver Challenge: Members were encouraged to contact Ron Hale, rhale1908@aol.com, to schedule a free Operation Lifesaver presentation and help save lives - and to become eligible for a prize at our next meeting.  Shelia McGhee won a prize for scheduling a presentation.

Community Minute

Members shared information of interest to UP and member organizations.

  • NLR Fire Chief, Bob Mauldin, announced that the 2014 Public Safety Awards would be held at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel on March 20 at 11:30 am. For tickets contact Brenda at 501-372-5959or email brenda@nlrchamber.org.
  • Shelia McGhee, Director, Faulkner County OEM, announced that UP Hazmat Manager, Chip Heard, and Operation Lifesaver Volunteer, Ron Hale, would be presenting on March 19 at their Local Emergency Planning Commission Meeting. She also mentioned that they are working on a table top exercise on a train derailment that will be held in April with the Faulkner County volunteer fire departments.
  • James Firestone, Director of Operations at the Little Rock Port Authority, was unable to attend but sent word that the Executive Director position for the Little Rock Port Authority is open.
  • Kathryn recently became certified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) and is offering a free course at the Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road. The course is on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. for eight weeks starting April 8. For more information: kathrynmatchett@gmail.com.

Program - Panel of Emergency Management

Panelists: J.T. Cantrell, Pulaski County OEM; Rick Ezell, Communications Director, NLR OEM; Chip Heard, UP Hazmat; Shelia McGhee, Director, Faulkner Co. OEM; Kendell Snyder, Fire & EMS Coordinator, ADEM

Panelists introduced themselves and shared what they liked about their jobs and why they had chosen that line of work. They then answered questions about their respective roles in relation to a hypothetical rail incident scenario.

The discussion covered a range of topics, including communication and coordination among various entities; roles of OEM's - from response to recovery; costs of response/recovery efforts; funding issues; staying current on hazardous materials stored in our community; obtaining and tracking accurate incident information; dealing with media; post-incident debriefings (intra- and inter-agency) and the many precautions UP takes to prevent such incidents.

Closing: Panelists shared memorable emergency response experiences in which they had been involved, or information they wanted the public to understand about their work.

Kathryn reminded the group about the May 13 meeting before adjourning.