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HazMat by Rail

The HazMat by Rail program provides first responder training and assists with community planning efforts to respond to emergencies involving hazardous material releases that occur on rail lines. Through the work of county based local emergency planning committees (LEPC's), in partnership with the rail industry and Oregon's Regional HazMat Team Program, the HazMat by Rail program funds preparedness efforts such as tabletop exercises, rail specific hazmat training, commodity flow studies, and the purchase of rail response equipment. To find out if your community has a LEPC or Rail Response Plan, click on the link.   


The HazMat by Rail Equipment Distribution Initiative is provided as an opportunity for Oregon’s fire agency’s to increase their equipment capabilities to respond to a rail incidents involving the release of hazardous materials. For this initiative, fire agencies will be able to request quantities from a prescribed list of equipment. If the fire agency is awarded equipment, OSFM will procure and direct ship the requested equipment to the fire agency. Once received, the equipment will become the property of fire agency.

To qualify for this initiative, fire agencies must have rail in their jurisdiction or provide mutual aid to neighboring fire agencies with rail. Priority for the initiative will be high-risk communities identified in the 2020 HazMat by Rail annual report to the Oregon Legislature (Fire agencies located in Multnomah, Lane, Deschutes, Klamath Counties). Secondary preference will be assigned to agencies with Class 1 railroads. 

To apply, please use the application link below. The application period will close March 15, 2021. For additional questions regarding this initiative, please reach out to the HazMat by Rail program coordinator.

Application process closed!

HazMat by Rail Equipment List ​  ​

Class I Rail Line Map​

​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.

  • HazMat Rail Emergency Response Awareness This 3-hour course is designed to provide emergency responders the basic knowledge and awareness level training in response to a HazMat by rail incident.
  • HazMat Rail Emergency Response Operations  This 8-hour course is designed to provide emergency responders the basic knowledge and operations level training in response to a HazMat by rail incident.
  • HazMat Tank Car Specialist This 40-hour course provides technical knowledge pertaining to tank cars, including damage assessment, oversight for product removal, and movement of damaged tank and other rail cars present. Training will cover site assessments of incidents, damage assessments of the containers, and product removal using different transfer techniques on the various DOT containers used in rail transportation.
  • HazMat Incident Commander This 16-hour program meets OSHA and NFPA standards to qualify incident commanders to manage hazardous materials incidents.  The intent of these standards are to provide an incident command system that is headed up by a single person who does not necessarily have extensive knowledge about the classification and verification of hazardous materials, but rather who is able to manage emergencies of differing severity, as well as oversee the rest of the HazMat team.

​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:

  • Eugene Springfield Fire Department
  • Klamath County Fire District #1
  • Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue
  • Ontario Fire Department
  • Pendleton Fire Department and Ambulance Service
  • Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau​
  • Redmond Fire and Rescue
  • Salem Fire Department


BNSF Railway​ (Mar 1,2021)

BNSF Railway (Dec 9, 2020)

BNSF Railway (Sept. 14, 2020)
Union Pacific Railroad (Sept. 11, 2020)
BNSF Railway (June 22, 2020)
Union Pacific Railroad (June 15, 2020)
Union Pacific Railroad (May 5, 2020)
UnionPacificRailroad (Apr. 14, 2020)
Union Pacific Railroad (Jan. 14, 2020)
Union Pacific Railroad (Sept. 17, 2019)
​BNSF Railway (Aug. 23, 2019)
Portland and Western Railway (Aug. 27, 2019)
Union Pacific Railroad (Aug. 21, 2019)​​



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