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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:
Portland and Western Railway
Union Pacific Railroad
Planning Response Resources
Foam Trailer Operation Guide (FOG)
Railroad Tactical Worksheet
Request for FundingState Emergency Operations Plan (ESF 10 Appendix)Ask Rail App
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