Union Pacific Railroad Conducts Crude-by-Rail Safety Training Course for Emergency Responders from Eight States
Omaha, Neb., July 29, 2014
Union Pacific Railroad conducted training for 80 emergency response personnel from Arkansas, Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska July 21 — 23 and July 23 - 25. The training focused on sharpening the emergency responders' skills to better prepare them in the unlikely event of a crude-by-rail incident in or near their respective communities.
Union Pacific proactively reaches out to fire departments as well as other emergency responders along its lines to offer comprehensive training to first responders in communities where the railroad operates. The company annually trains approximately 2,500 local, state and federal first-responders on ways to minimize the impact of a potential derailment. Union Pacific has trained nearly 38,000 public responders and almost 7,500 private responders (shippers and contractors) since 2003. This includes classroom and hands-on training.
The recently completed training covered a variety of safety subjects, including identification of tank car types that transport crude, tank car fittings, tank car construction, chemical and physical properties of the different types of crude oil and crude oil response precautions. Participants received hands-on experience in assessing tank car damage, making certain on-site repairs, controlling the release of crude oil from damaged rail cars and crude oil fire suppression techniques.
Class members participated in a simulated crude oil fire. The simulation helped students understand how the railroad would work with them in an emergency, and how to work safely while on railroad property.
The three-day, 24-hour courses were held at the Association of American Railroad's Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colorado. Union Pacific paid for all attendees' expenses, with no cost to communities or organizations.
Emergency response personnel from the following organizations attended the course:
- Maumelle Fire Department, Maumelle
- Texarkana Fire Department, Texarkana
- Rincon Valley Fire District, Tucson
- Ventura County Fire Department, Carmarillo
- Kern County Fire Department, Bakersfield
- UC Davis Fire Department, Davis
- Los Angeles County Fire Department, Castaic
- Orange County Fire Authority, Irvine
- City of Davis Fire Department, Davis
- Granite City Fire Department, Granite City
- Kell Fire Protection District, Kell
- Kell Fire Department / Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign
- Tuscola Fire Department, Tuscola
- Barrington Fire Department, Barrington
- Benton Fire Department, Benton
- West Frankfort Fire Department, West Frankfort
- Des Moines Fire Department, Des Moines
- Linn County Rural Fire Department Dist. #1, Mound City
- Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, Burlington
- Linn County Fire / West Peculiar Fire Dept., LaCygne
- Olathe Fire Department, Olathe
- Reno Township Fire and Rescue, Linwood
- Chaffee Fire Department, Chaffee
- Scott City Fire Department, Scott City
- Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Cape Girardeau
- Fairbury City Fire Department, Fairbury
- Fairbury Rural Fire Department, Fairbury
- Plymouth Fire & Rescue, Plymouth
- Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, Sidney
Future crude-by-rail courses will be held:
- August 11 — 13
- August 13 — 15
- August 25 — 27
- August 27 — 29
- November 12 — 14
- December 1 - 3
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