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TRANSCAER Rail Safety Training & Drill

Training Event


BNSF Interbay Railyard
1809 W Emerson Pl
Seattle WA 98119

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Training includes:

  • Classroom, hands-on instruction, and drill
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Certificates will be provided via email following electronic evaluation form completion
  • 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 session. Multiple sessions are offered to cover all fire department shifts. 

Attendee Level

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

Event Focus

Featured topics:

  • Rail Safety & Understanding Tank Cars
  • Locomotive Emergency Response
  • Emergency Response Kits
  • Emergency Response to Rail Incidents 


Classroom Sessions

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

AskRail® Mobile App: Learn about The AskRail smartphone app - a safety tool giving first responders immediate access to accurate, timely data about what type of hazardous materials a railcar is carrying. 

Flammable Liquids by Rail – Response Considerations: Understand the challenges associated with the recognition and initial response to a flammable liquid by rail emergency. 

Field Exercises

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. 

Field Exercise 2 (Locomotive Emergency Response): An overview of responding to emergencies involving a locomotive. 

Field Exercise 3 (Chlorine Institute Emergency Response Kit “C”):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.

Field Exercise 4 (Midland & Indian Springs Emergency Response Kits): Learn about potential leak scenarios for flammable gas tank car valves and fittings and how to mitigate those leaks. Install the Midland and Indian Springs Emergency Response Kits on a typical flammable gas assembly.

Drill: Rail related drill for emergency responders utilizing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), checking for leaks on tank car valves, and utilizing emergency response capping kits. 

Important Details

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (Field Exercises) required for hands-on workshop. Solid shoes, preferably high-top boots are recommended, and full-length pants are required. No sandals are permitted. Gloves, hard hats, and safety glasses are optional but recommended.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (Drill): If you would like to participate in the drill during the training you will need to bring your own SCBA, you can utilize Level A training suits, Level A suits that are expired or did not pass pressure test, Encapsulated Level B, and LION MT94. Note: During this drill there will not be any live releases of any chemicals. Any simulated leaks will be with water or air.

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 9:00 AM for registration. Class will begin promptly at 9:30AM.

Depending on registration and training needs, the training schedule may be adjusted prior to event.

We encourage pre-registration due to lunch planning purposes; however, registration will remain open for the course, and we can accommodate walk-ins at this training.


  • BNSF Railway


Justin Piper
BNSF Railway

1 W Santa Fe Ave
Pittsburg CA 94565

Mobile  360-553-8672
Scott Lancaster
Washington State Fire Marshal's Office
Mobile  360-870-0762
Lt. Dan Johanns
Seattle Fire Department
Mobile  206-880-8871
Erica Bernstein Fischer
Mobile  804-357-4758