The Norfolk Southern hazmat safety train will be in Atlanta Oct. 11-13, delivering training to area first responders. The train consists of a distinct engine honoring police, fire, and emergency services; two boxcars converted into classrooms; and four types of tank cars.
WHAT: Norfolk Southern to host emergency response preparedness training
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9-11 a.m.
WHERE: Amtrak Station, 1688 Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta
RSVP: Rick Harris | email@example.com | 404.529.2310
IMPORTANT: Long pants and boots required. No open-toe shoes, sandals or dresses.
Media are invited to see Norfolk Southern’s new hazmat safety train and attend an emergency responder training session. The train is part of NS’ Operation Awareness & Response program to strengthen relationships with local first responders and to provide training on hazardous materials transport and railroad operations. Norfolk Southern takes extensive measures to ensure the safe transport of hazardous materials and to help communities prepare and respond to an unlikely incident.
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The train will stop in 18 cities during 2016. It’s part of the emergency response training the railroad offers to some 5,000 first responders annually. NS also conducts railroad operations classes for FBI agents and railroad liaisons from the National Joint Terrorism Task Force; participates in drills for local, state, and federal agencies; and sponsors emergency responders to attend intensive training courses at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center at the Association of American Railroad’s Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Co. NS is a 16-time winner of the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER®) National Achievement Award for its commitment to training, safe operations, and community outreach.
Why do railroads move products classified as hazardous materials? It’s a federal mandate. The freight rail industry’s impressive safety record, with 99.99% of hazmat carloads moved without a train accident-related release, and ongoing dedication to becoming even safer is one of the reasons the government requires freight railroads to move hazardous goods.
What types of hazardous materials do railroads move? Here are some of the products used in the manufacture of many items we use and depend on every day:
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway 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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