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:

  • Arizona
    Richard Lineberry, City of Yuma Fire Department, Yuma
  • California
    Margy Marshall, California Division of Forestry/Fire Protection, Mount Shasta
  • Colorado
    Daniel Potter II, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Castle Rock
  • Idaho
    Andy Stewart, Fort Hall Fire Department, Fort Hall
  • Illinois

    Dave Modrowski, Union Tank Car Company, Chicago

  • Iowa
    Freddy Friedricksen, Wheatland Fire Department, Calamus
  • Kansas

    Brian Miller, Liberal Fire Department, Liberal

  • Louisiana
    Preston Summers, Louisiana State Police, Abbeville
  • Missouri
    Tim Krickle, Independence Fire Department, Independence
  • Nevada
    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
  • Texas
    Matt Allen, Texas Comm on Environmental Quality, Houston
    Bruce Mathis, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Baytown
    Mike Winford, Midland Fire Department, Midland
  • Utah
    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
  • Virginia
    Brian White, FBI/Hazardous Materials Response Unit, Woodbridge
  • Washington
    Tyson DePoe, Seattle Fire Department, Port Orchard
  • Wisconsin
    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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