DOT – Rail Car Incident Response for Crude, Ethanol, & Other Flammable Liquids

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Date(s) - June 15
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Buckhannon Safety Bulding

The All Hazards Training Center at The University of Findlay has developed the Rail Car Incident Response for Crude, Ethanol, and Other Flammable Liquids training course approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (DOT PHMSA) to educate emergency responders on freight rail car incidents involving hazardous materials, specifically crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids. As more and more rail traffic transports cargo, including hazardous materials, it is important that the responder community become educated about the dangers and unique hazards presented with rail cars carrying these commodities. The information covered in this training course will enhance the ability of emergency responders to assess the scene of a rail car incident, understand the resources needed to remediate the emergency situation, including how the railroad will play a critical role in the response.

Hands-on scenarios using a rail car simulator are conducted to emphasize the objectives of the training including:
• Identifying the design, construction, components and markings of rail tank cars that carry crude/flammable liquids
• Recognizing and identifying the chemical being transported, and the properties that must be considered in an emergency
• Assessing the scene to determine the potential hazards to people, property, and the environment
• Recognizing mitigation strategies including offensive, defensive, and non-intervention strategies for fire and/or spill incidents. This is not a tactics course but rather focuses on strategy and decision making.
• Identifying key resources in the rail/freight industry as well as federal, state, and private resources for response assistance.

WVEMD has several offerings of this course. Please pick the correct date and registration for you.

Date: May 18, 2024

Location: WVPST Dunbar (501 22nd St., Dunbar, WV 25064



Date: June 8, 2024

Location: VA Medical Center (510 Butler Ave., Martinsburg, WV 25045)



Date: June 15, 2024

Location: Buckhannon Safety Bldg. (225 Florida St., Buckhannon, WV 26201)



Date: June 22, 2024

Location: Tri-State Fire Academy (4200 Ohio River Rd., Huntington, WV 25702)


Questions: Jeff Cunningham