Norfolk Southern and BASF help Greensboro area emergency responders prepare
for hazmat incidents
GREENSBORO, N.C., July 8, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --More than 149 local emergency
responders received hands-on training in June in responding to rail-related
hazardous materials incidents. BASF and Norfolk Southern Railway sponsored the
training at the NS Pomona Yard in Greensboro, N.C. Both Norfolk Southern
(NYSE: NSC) and BASF consider emergency preparedness education an essential
element of responsible corporate citizenship and sustainable business growth.
Greensboro, High Point, Pinecroft-Sedgefield, Southeast, and Orange Rural Fire
Departments, and Guilford County Emergency Services participated.
The training was provided through TRANSCAER (Transportation Community
Awareness and Emergency Response), a consortium of companies from the chemical
and rail industries that voluntarily assist communities in preparing for and
responding to a possible hazardous material transportation incident. Emergency
responders play a critical role in protecting the public's safety and
security, and TRANSCAER programs bring them the information and training they
need to prepare for and respond to a chemical transportation incident.
BASF provided instructors and their training tank car, "Mr. T," which is
equipped with multiple domes on top to allow responders to understand the look
and function of valves and fittings. Responders can also go inside Mr. T to
view samples and cutaways of valves and to examine the underside of the top
Using Mr. T, responders were trained in various aspects of rail and tank car
safety and were shown how to apply handbrakes to prevent a rail car from
moving in the event of an accident. They also were briefed on the dangers
involved with emergency equipment when coming up on grade crossings while
responding to regular calls. Trains can operate very quietly at speeds that
can be deceiving.
"The Greensboro Fire Department and surrounding responders appreciate the
opportunity to learn from and train with experts in the industry such as BASF
and Norfolk Southern," said Capt. Joel B. Wood, Greensboro Fire Department,
Special Operations Division. "This training is extremely valuable to
responders and gives them a realistic approach to learning when the actual
rail car is sitting before you. The training offers a hands-on opportunity to
gain knowledge on the potentials of a railroad emergency."
Norfolk Southern will sponsor two other hands-on TRANSCAER training
opportunities in North Carolina this year and at numerous other locations
across the rail system. NS will have Dupont training cars in Spencer, N.C. on
July 30, 31, and Aug. 1 and BASF will again partner with NS for training
sessions in Charlotte on Aug. 6, 7, and 8. For more information email
Norfolk Southern Corporation 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.
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