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United States : Railroads Detail New Crude by Rail Safety Training Program and Continuing Safety Efforts at Senate Hearing.

Emphasizing the importance of cooperation with local emergency responders and an unwavering commitment to preparedness, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) President Lisa A. Stabler testified today before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia about the railroad industry s continuing safety efforts.

TTCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads (R), which in addition to the research and testing that it provides in support of the rail industry, also delivers extensive, hands-on, realistic training to help railroad employees and emergency responders from around the country be better prepared for hazardous material incidents.

Railroads devote enormous resources towards enhancing safety and preparing for emergency situations, Stabler told the subcommittee. Indeed, railroads are committed to demonstrating that nothing is more important than the safety of their employees, their customers and the communities they serve.

In response to the sharp increase in crude oil production in North America and subsequent demand for oil shipments by rail, Stabler said new crude oil emergency response curriculum and training is being developed at TTCI s Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) in Pueblo, CO. The classroom and in-field training is designed for emergency responders from all over the country, and will include three days of programmatic teachings and field exercises focused on crude oil spill and derailment procedures.

Additionally, SERTC, which currently trains more than 2,000 emergency responders annually at the Colorado facility, has added a general crude oil safety module to all of its existing courses and is developing a new crude oil emergency response training video. The new efforts to train emergency responders about crude oil are a direct result of the voluntary measures to increase crude oil safety standards that the rail industry recently agreed to with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Stabler said the rail industry is committed to training emergency responders, and that the industry actively trains more than 20,000 emergency responders around the country each year. Many are trained to assist their communities prepare for, and to respond to, hazmat incidents through the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response Program (TRANSCAER), a national inter-industry partnership that is supported by the Class I railroads along with some trade associations, chemical and petroleum firms.

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Date:Mar 26, 2014
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