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TRANSCAER Hazmat & Transportation Training

Training Event


BNSF Railway Hobson Yard
500 SW 20th St.
Lincoln NE 68528

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Training includes:

  • Classroom & hands-on instruction
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Certificates will be provided via email following event sign-in
  • Earn your TRANSCAER Challenge coin at the end of the session

You only need to register for one session. All topics are covered within each 7.5-hour session.

Attendee Level

  • Technician Level
  • Operations Level
  • First responders
  • Basic/Introduction

Event Focus


Featured Topics:

  • Rail Safety & Understanding Tank Cars
  • Locomotive Emergency Response
  • Ammonia Properties & Emergency Response
  • Chlorine Properties & Emergency Response
  • Ethanol Properties & Emergency Response

Please note: We are offering an abbreviated session on Sunday, June 11th. The 4-hour Sunday session will focus on Rail Safety & Understanding Tank Cars. If you are interested in attending the Sunday June 11th session, event details and registration can be found here



Classroom Sessions:

Railroad 101: Learn about railroad operations, hazards, and safety rules. Rail hazmat safety and emergency response procedures are reviewed. Presented by: BNSF Railway

Ammonia Properties & Emergency Response: An overview of anhydrous ammonia, including its chemical and physical properties, placards, labels, containers, tank construction, and the hazards and potential outcomes associated with an anhydrous ammonia incident. Presented by: Nutrien

Ethanol Properties & Emergency Response:Introduction to ethanol and ethanol-blended fuels including the use, chemical and physical characteristics, transportation modes, transfer operations, basics of foam, suggested responder tactics and strategies and environmental issues.  Presented by: The Renewable Fuels Association

Chlorine Properties & Emergency Response: Learn about the physical and chemical properties, transportation methods, health effects of acute exposure, proper selection of personal protective equipment, first aid, and medical treatment measures of chlorine. Presented by: DPC Enterprises (A member of The Chlorine Institute)

Field Exercise:

Field Exercise 1 (Understanding Tank Cars):Learn about the anatomy of general service and pressure tank cars including protective housings; valves and fittings; tank components; safety appliances; jacket, shell, and head construction; placards and markings. Presented by: BNSF Railway

Field Exercise 2 (C-Kit):Learn about potential leak scenarios for chlorine rail tank car valves and fittings and how to mitigate those leaks. Install the Emergency Kit “C” on chlorine tank car valve arrangements for standard and next generation (dual valve system) assemblies. Presented by: DPC Enterprises

Field Exercise 3 (Locomotive Emergency Response): An overview of responding to emergencies involving a locomotive. Presented by: BNSF Railway

Important Details


Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Solid closed-toed shoes, no sandals are permitted. Full-length pants are required.
  • Gloves, hard hats, and safety glasses are optional but recommended. 

Please advise the instructor(s) of any pre-existing medical condition(s) that may preclude you from participating in any field exercise. Stay hydrated and alert.

Be at the site by 8:00 AM for registration. Depending on registration and training needs, the training schedule may be adjusted prior to event.


  • BNSF Railway
  • DPC Enterprises
  • The Chlorine Institute
  • Nutrien
  • Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)


Erica Bernstein

2900 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church VA 22042

Phone  703-741-5524
Mobile  804-357-4758
Derek Lampkin
BNSF Railway

4515 Kansas Ave
Kansas City KS 66106

Phone  6127601365
Mobile  612-760-1365
Ron Eriksen
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

3131 O Street
Lincoln NE 68510

Phone  402-450-6162