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We have developed several levels of HazMat Rail training ranging from basic to very advanced. We were able to create these opportunities with support from our rail partners and talented instructors within the Regional HazMat Teams. The first level of training offered has been to provide local fire departments with a brief overview (approx. 3hrs) of Basic HazMat Rail response and preparedness. The next level is a HazMat Rail Emergency Response Operations course which includes hands-on practice of response and mitigation tactics that can be used on rail incidents by firefighters. The final, and most advanced, course developed is designed for Oregon’s Regional HazMat Teams. It provides them with technical expertise as a Tank Car Specialist (TCS). The course covers very technical and job specific functions of a HazMat Team member during a HazMat Rail incident. The goal of the TCS course is to train several HazMat Team members from each region to this level of expertise.
Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads provided 8 Foam Firefighting Trailers which are strategically placed throughout Oregon along mainline track where the majority of the crude oil and other hazardous commodities travel.
Trailers reside at fire agencies ready for rapid deployment to emergency incidents requiring large quantities of foam and reside along mainline track where crude oil by rail is predominately shipped.
Trailers are available for any type of fire requiring large quantities of foam application for suppression purposes. They are staffed and available to respond any time with the following fire agencies:
Union Pacific Railroad (Apr. 14, 2020)BNSF Railway (Aug. 23, 2019)Portland and Western Railway (Aug. 27, 2019)Union Pacific Railroad (May 5, 2020)Union Pacific Railroad (Jan. 14, 2020)Union Pacific Railroad (Sept. 17, 2019)Union Pacific Railroad (Aug. 21, 2019)
Fraser WickOperations and Policy Analyst IIHazMat by Rail Program3565 Trelstad Ave SESalem, OR 97317Phone: 503-934-8283Fraser.Wick@osp.oregon.gov
Planning Response Resources
Oregon GovSpaceFoam Trailer Operation Guide (FOG)Railroad Tactical WorksheetRequest for FundingState Emergency Operations Plan (ESF 10 Appendix)
2018 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
Ask Rail AppHazMat by Rail Program Video
Maintenance Checklist Link:Foam Firefighting Trailer Maintenance
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