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  • The Heat Is On in California

    August 20, 2015 - It's summer, and temperatures are rising. California is cooking up one of the worst droughts in the state's history. With "Fire Season" now a year-round occurrence, Union Pacific is prepared.

  • Chicagoland Rail Safety Is High-Tech

    July 10, 2015 - Hazardous materials training is important not only for first responders, but for the railroad, too. An incident is not the best time for your first face-to-face meeting.

  • California Agencies Get an Inside View of Rail Safety

    February 25, 2015 - The Feb. 24 event brought together safety experts, railroad officials and oil and chemical industry representatives to discuss rail safety and emergency response programs associated with moving crude oil by rail.

  • I Am My Brother's Keeper

    February 13, 2015 - Union Pacific has a goal of zero crossing incidents - because even one is too many. But people continue to use railroad property as a short cut, or they make bad decisions at crossings.

  • Following His Calling to Train and Protect

    January 26, 2015 - Growing up as a volunteer firefighter, Union Pacific's Ben Salo learned why emergency responders are passionate about their work. Today he is part of a team that coaches fire departments across the country on how to prevent railroad disasters.

  • UP Invites Nebraska Firefighters Trackside for Training

    December 9, 2014 - Union Pacific's Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) Group recently provided training to Omaha's Fire Rescue 33 team using the railroad's training tank car and new boxcar classroom.

  • Converted UP Boxcar Becomes a Classroom

    October 29, 2014 - Union Pacific's investment in hands-on training for first responders includes a new look for a standard piece of equipment.

  • See Tracks? Think Train! Stay Safe

    October 7, 2014 - Union Pacific and California Operation Lifesaver, with rail partners BNSF Railway, Amtrak and local law enforcement, working to help keep Californians safe.

  • UP/Oklahoma Partnership Targets Grade Crossings

    September 22, 2014 - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently announced a $100 million crossing upgrade project. The state’s investment could add or update railroad crossings at more than 300 locations, with half of those locations being Union Pacific crossings.

  • The Picture of Safety - Stay Off the Tracks

    September 17, 2014 - Stay Safe - stay off the tracks. Walking on or near railroad tracks is extremely dangerous because you never know when a train will come along.

  • UP Now Accepting Safety Grant Applications

    August 4, 2014 - Community organizations are encouraged to develop multifaceted plans for safety outreach in their communities, and UP may help with funding.

  • UP Technology Impacting Cross-Border Security

    July 18, 2014 - A Railcar Inspection Portal (RIP), which instantly provides a 360-degree view of railcars passing through U.S.-Mexico crossings, recently detected 15 bundles of marijuana near Nogales, Arizona.

  • U.S. Energy Renaissance Depends on Safe Rail Transportation

    July 3, 2014 - “We constantly work to review and improve our safety practices and often exceed federal safety regulations. We recently worked with our industry and the Department of Transportation to implement eight new voluntary safety practices, all of which were effective earlier this week."

  • Safety Campaign’s Message: Always Expect a Train

    July 1, 2014 - "Whether you’re on foot or in your car, this campaign reminds the pedestrians and motorists to keep themselves safe by following railroad safety laws and only crossing at designated grade crossings."

  • Twin Cities First Responders Study Hazmat Safety

    June 19, 2014 - Minutes count in emergency situations, and how to respond effectively and safely in the unlikely event of a chemical incident was just part of the training provided recently to Twin Cities-area first responders.

  • St. Louis Area First Responders Learn Chemical Transportation Safety and Proper Response Techniques

    June 9, 2014 - TRANSCAER in St. Louis - A joint effort in educating emergency responders about the safe and secure transportation of materials classified as hazardous.

  • San Antonio Spurs and UP Urge Sports Fans to Be Safe

    June 8, 2014 - Union Pacific and the San Antonio Spurs don't play around when it comes to rail safety.

  • Palatine Honored with Safety Spike Award

    February 19, 2014 - The Palatine Police Department of the Village of Palatine received the Union Pacific Safety Spike Award in recognition of going above and beyond the call of duty to promote railroad safety in their community.

  • Slow Down, Drive Safely in Winter Weather

    December 18, 2013 - The Department of Transportation studied accident reports over a 10-year period and found 94 percent of public grade crossing accidents were caused by risky driver behavior, such as driving around activated automatic gates.

  • UP Crew's Actions Prevent Propane Accident

    December 10, 2013 - When a propane truck became high centered on a rail crossing in Bell City, Mo., a UP civil construction work group acted quickly to prevent a tragedy.

  • Elmhurst Police Conduct Rail Safety Blitz

    November 5, 2013 - Elmhurst's Oct. 29 initiative reached more than 300 commuters during the busy morning rush from 5-9 a.m.

  • Tucson Committee Targets Downtown Area with Safety Messages

    October 31, 2013 - Spearheaded by the Downtown Tucson Rail Safety Committee – a local community organization – the effort combines a variety of promotional materials, all with a central theme: Stay off railroad tracks.

  • Safety Billboards Have New Look, Message in Six Cities

    October 21, 2013 - Each new billboard includes the reminder "Always Expect a Train," along with an eye-catching visual and attention-grabbing headline.

  • Railroad Photo Backdrop Prompts UP Employee Action

    October 16, 2013 - "The photo had ‘wrong’ written all over it," said Hammons, a Union Pacific manager of centralized train dispatching at Omaha’s Harriman Dispatching Center. "I felt it was my responsibility to make the company aware of how these portrait styles were communicating the wrong message to children about railroad tracks."

  • UP Crew Recognized for Courage to Care

    September 19, 2013 - UP employees Hardey and Iverson receive recognition from Kansas communities for living the Courage to Care message.

  • Arizona Representative Focuses on Rail Safety

    September 9, 2013 - Arizona State Representative and rail safety advocate Karen Fann looks out for pedestrians who don't look out for themselves.

  • UP Leads Industry with Transfer Trucks Acquisition

    July 31, 2013 - UP is the only Class I railroad with the internal capability to transfer liquids or compressed gases between two rail cars in the field, ensuring continuous freight movement to customers' destinations.

  • UP Talks Safety to Oil & Gas Industry

    July 24, 2013 - "We're working together – the San Antonio Service Unit, Public Safety, Special Agents, Public Projects, Claims and Transportation – to educate oil and gas industry professionals on how they can prevent rail accidents."

  • Live to Hunt Another Day

    July 8, 2013 - Hunting, fishing or just enjoying the great outdoors, stay safe, and stay off the railroad right of way.

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