July 8, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- More than 149 local emergency responders received hands-on training in June in responding to rail-related hazardous materials incidents. BASF and Norfolk Southern Railway sponsored the training at the NS Pomona Yard in
Both Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) and BASF consider emergency preparedness education an essential element of responsible corporate citizenship and sustainable business growth.
, Pinecroft-Sedgefield, Southeast, and Orange Rural Fire Departments, and
Emergency Services participated.
The training was provided through TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), a consortium of companies from the chemical and rail industries that voluntarily assist communities in preparing for and responding to a possible hazardous material transportation incident. Emergency responders play a critical role in protecting the public's safety and security, and TRANSCAER programs bring them the information and training they need to prepare for and respond to a chemical transportation incident.
BASF provided instructors and their training tank car, "Mr. T," which is equipped with multiple domes on top to allow responders to understand the look and function of valves and fittings. Responders can also go inside Mr. T to view samples and cutaways of valves and to examine the underside of the top fittings.
Using Mr. T, responders were trained in various aspects of rail and tank car safety and were shown how to apply handbrakes to prevent a rail car from moving in the event of an accident. They also were briefed on the dangers involved with emergency equipment when coming up on grade crossings while responding to regular calls. Trains can operate very quietly at speeds that can be deceiving.
Fire Department and surrounding responders appreciate the opportunity to learn from and train with experts in the industry such as BASF and Norfolk Southern," said Capt.
Joel B. Wood
Fire Department, Special Operations Division. "This training is extremely valuable to responders and gives them a realistic approach to learning when the actual rail car is sitting before you. The training offers a hands-on opportunity to gain knowledge on the potentials of a railroad emergency."
Norfolk Southern will sponsor two other hands-on TRANSCAER training opportunities in
this year and at numerous other locations across the rail system. NS will have Dupont training cars in
, 31, and
and BASF will again partner with NS for training sessions in
, 7, and 8. For more information email
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