Friday, December 08, 2017

NS Safety Train reaches 3,241 first responders

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In 2017, Norfolk Southern provided free training to 3,241 firefighters, law enforcement, emergency management personnel and other first responders with the railroad’s Safety Train, described as “a rolling learning lab that helps communities prepare for and safely respond to potential rail incidents.”

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The Safety Train visited 23 communities in 14 states during its 2017 tour, which concluded Dec. 1 in Greensboro, N.C., where, during four days, firefighters participated in advanced tank car training on possible incidents involving the transport of hazardous materials. NS started the tour in March in Hagerstown, Md., and along the way provided training to first responders in Cresson, King of Prussia, and Allentown, Pa.; Newark, Del.; Linden, N.J.; Binghamton, N.Y.; Canton and Columbus, Ohio; South Bend, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Asheville, N.C.; Roanoke and Bristol, Va.; Huntsville, Birmingham, and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Slidell, La; Macon and Savannah, Ga.; and Greenville and Charleston. S.C.

NS debuted the Safety Train in 2016. It consists of a dedicated locomotive, two box cars converted into classrooms, three tank cars used in transporting all types of chemicals, and two flat cars equipped with intermodal containers and multiple tank car valve arrangements that can simulate leaks. The train is part of NS’s “Operation Awareness and Response” program to connect first responders with training resources. Part of the training focuses on AskRail™, a mobile application provided by the Association of American Railroads for first responders that provides real-time data on what railcars are carrying, helping them make informed decisions when responding to a rail emergency.

“Safety is ingrained in all things at Norfolk Southern, but emergency response preparedness is something that stands apart,” said Assistant Vice President Safety and Environmental John Irwin. “I want to thank all of the emergency responders across our system who took advantage of this opportunity over the past year to experience the hands-on training on our hazmat safety train.”

“Our Safety Train is helping Norfolk Southern build and strengthen relationships with first responders across our network,” said System Manager Hazardous Materials David Schoendorfer. “We want them to be equipped with the tools and resources they need to safely do their jobs when responding to potential rail incidents. It’s all about helping our communities be prepared and safe.”

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