Union Pacific Railroad Conducts Crude-by-Rail Safety Training Course for Emergency Responders from Eight States
Omaha, Neb., December 11, 2014
Union Pacific Railroad conducted training for 35 emergency response personnel from eight states December 1-3. 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. So far in 2014, the railroad has trained 314 emergency responders on crude oil safety at the Pueblo facility.
Emergency response personnel from the following organizations attended the course:
- Pine Bluff Fire Department, Pine Bluff
- Cal Fire - Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, San Luis Obispo
- Benicia Fire Department, Benicia
- Oroville Fire Department, Oroville
- Elmhurst Fire Department, Elmhurst
- Mutual Aid Box Alarm System - Illinois, Wheeling
- Wheaton Fire Department, Wheaton
- Belle Plaine Fire Department, Belle Plaine
- Olla Volunteer Fire Department, Olla
- Port Allen Fire Service, Port Allen
- Office of State Fire Marshall, Baton Rouge
- St. James Parish, Convent
- Pineville Fire Department, Pineville
- South Metro Fire Department, St. Paul
- Clackamas Fire District, Clackamas
- Gresham Fire & Emergency Services, Gresham
- Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland
- Umatilla Tribal Fire Department, Umatilla
- Homeland Security, Houston
- Galveston Fire Department, Galveston
- Huntsville Fire Department, Huntsville
- San Antonio Fire Department, San Antonio
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