Norfolk Southern earns TRANSCAER® national award for transportation emergency
NORFOLK, Va., April 9, 2013
NORFOLK, Va., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Norfolk Southern Corporation has
earned the 2012 National Achievement Award from Transportation Community
Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER®) for its efforts to help
communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous materials
This is the 13^th time Norfolk Southern has received the award. NS was one of
10 transportation and chemical companies recognized. NS' Bill Oertly,
hazardous materials compliance officer, Roanoke, Va., won the TRANSCAER® Torch
Award in recognition of lifetime achievement.
Norfolk Southern supports communities across its rail system by training fire
and police departments and rescue and emergency medical organizations about
rail safety precautions, railroad operations, initial-response procedures, and
rail equipment through classroom training, hands-on activities, and table-top
exercises as well as full-scale drills that include use of rail equipment to
simulate hypothetical responses to emergency situations.
In 2012, Norfolk Southern provided more than 19,000 hours of rail accident
response training to more than 5,000 emergency responders. NS also conducted
railroad operations classes for FBI agents and railroad liaison agents from
the National Joint Terrorism Task Force operated by the FBI, and participated
in four drills for local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, the
railroad has ongoing programs to sponsor emergency responders to attend
intensive training courses at the Security and Emergency Response Training
Center at the AAR Transportation Technology Center Inc., in Pueblo, Colo.
"Norfolk Southern and its employees are unparalleled in their commitment to
providing training to support first responders from across our rail network,"
said David Julian, NS vice president safety and environmental.
"Norfolk Southern places great importance on these proactive efforts to
enhance the preparedness of communities and their emergency management
agencies. In the unlikely event of an incident, TRANSCAER® training programs
ensure that shared knowledge, mutual areas of expertise, and a wealth of
resources can be leveraged to protect the communities we serve," added NS
System Director Environmental Protection Richard Russell.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary
operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of
Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and
provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern
operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major
transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
TRANSCAER® is a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting
communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material
transportation incidents. TRANSCAER® members include volunteer representatives
from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and emergency
response industries, as well as the government.
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