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Guides for Community Awareness, Emergency Response and Incident Preparedness Training

There are a variety of resources for emergency responders and local emergency planners that can be used to help with local emergency operations planning or as a guide for emergency response in different fields. These tools are all available to help assist communities to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material incident.

Commodity Flow Studies
Identify the hazardous materials transported in your community through a commodity flow study conducted by railroads operating in the area. 

AskRail App
The free AskRail app provides first responders with timely data about what type of hazmat a railcar is carrying so they can make an informed decision about how to respond to a rail emergency safely. More than 2.3 million first responders nationwide have access to AskRail thanks to railroads’ partnerships with CHEMTREC, CANUTEC and Emergency Call Centers. AskRail Factsheet

Fire Department Pipeline Response, Emergency Planning and Preparedness Toolkit
This toolkit from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) provides practical information, resources, tools, and references that can be easily used by volunteer departments.

TRIPR Resource Materials
The Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response (TRIPR) and Flammable Liquid Unit Trains resource materials were developed to provide critical information on best practices related to rail incidents involving hazard class 3 flammable liquids.

IAFC Hazmat Fusion Center
The Hazardous Materials Fusion Center offers a free training and information portal for hazmat teams, first responders, federal, state, and local agencies, as well as the private sector.

Rail Safety and Hazmat Resources
Learn more about the safety and training opportunities with each of the railroads operating in your community.

FEMA Key Planning Factors and Considerations: For Response to and Recovery from a Chemical Incident
This document was prepared by the FEMA Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Office. Key Planning Factors and Considerations for Response to and Recovery from a Chemical Incident is written for response and recovery planners at the regional, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels. A coordinated response and recovery effort will include all levels of government in addition to the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and, potentially, international partners. Planning for a chemical incident requires additional considerations beyond all-hazard preparedness planning, so this document includes strategic and operational issues for consideration when developing response and recovery plans for a chemical incident.

Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC)
The Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) at MxV Rail is a globally recognized program that brings transportation experts and first responders together in a one-of-a-kind fully immersive training experience. SERTC offers training at no cost to our nation’s first responders through a cooperative agreement within the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED), as a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). This cooperative agreement fully funds local, state, tribal, and territorial first responders to attend any of SERTC’s DHS/FEMA certified courses. As a world leader in Hazardous Materials Response to all forms of surface transportation incidents, SERTC courses offer hands-on learning in a real-world environment. Download

Electric Vehicle Resources

  • Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Quick Reference – Fire Service
  • Emergency Response Guides - NFPA actively maintains a collection of Emergency Response Guides from 35+ alternative fuel vehicle manufacturers. The guides are free to download.

Although we have included these tools on our website, this does not indicate endorsement of these resources by TRANSCAER®  or any of its sponsoring or participating organizations.