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Cold Weather/Ice – Oil Spill Response Training


2740 W. Mason Street
4975 Glendale Ave.
Green Bay WI 54303

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Training includes: An 8-hour training class that reviews the strategy and tactics of Response to Environmental Emergencies in waterways during freezing conditions. Classroom instruction followed by hands on evolutions on the ice.

Ice School

CN & CP Emergency response teams along with the  TRANSCAER® Committee will be hosting a Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response outreach event.

Ice and Rail Safety will be part of this event

Interactive demonstrations will include:

  • CP’s Ice Response/Training Trailer
  • Specialized Ice Response Equipment
  • Emergency Response equipment

Daily Training Schedule: 

  • 07:30 – Registration
  • 08:00 – 10:00 – Classroom
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Equipment Demo on sight of class
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Lunch
  • 12:00 – 17:00 – Field Demonstration

Course Content:

  • Cold and Frozen Water Oil Spills             •  Self-Rescue Techniques
  • Cold Weather Oil Spill Response PPE    •  Moving Ice - Spill Response Containment
  • Ice Characteristics                                   •  Surface and Subsurface Oil Removal
  • Source Containment Techniques             •  Decontamination - Cold Weather Operations

Field Exercise:

  • Ice Slotting - Chainsaw              • Diversion and Collection
  • Ice Slotting - Sled                       • Trenching

PPE Requirements:

  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • Steel toed shoes/boots
  • Work gloves (water proof if possible)
  • Life jackets ( PFD if you have)
  • Appropriate Dress for Weather

There is no cost to attend this event, just your time.

Attendee Level

  • Hazmat technician/specialist
  • First responders
  • Anyone interested in learning more about this topic

Event Focus

Focus is geared towards oil spill response in cold temperatures as well as spill recovery on and under the services of ice.


January 3, 2020

RE:      Cold Weather/Ice – Oil Spill Response Training

Dear First Responder:

Canadian Pacific is pleased to extend an invitation to attend the Cold Weather/Ice – Oil Spill Response Training on Lake Michigan. We will be holding three, one-day duration courses to accommodate as many responders as possible.

This training opportunity will provide classroom and hands-on training covering the unique tactical, safety and recovery options that can occur with cold weather-related incidents.  Students will review and practice the safe and effective response to an oil release in sub-freezing conditions. This training will be hosted by United States Coast Guard, Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI in conjunction with Green Bay Fire.

The training dates are February 11-13 with the class size limited to 40 people each day.  If you would like to attend, please sign up on the TRANSCAER web page, and look for the link under State of Wisconsin, February events.

Please be aware that the available training spots are on a first come first serve basis.  We will attempt to ensure that each agency will have a spot in one of the classes.

Classes will be held from 0800am till 1700pm with registration and coffee starting 0730am.

Students will be in the classroom for the morning reviewing response concepts, strategies and reviewing case studies. 

Lunch will be provided by one of the railroads.

The afternoon session will be on the ice utilizing various hand tools and equipment.  Warm clothing suitable for on ice conditions is a requirement along with a USCG approved PFD (Mustang suit, float coat, work vest etc.).

If you know of any neighboring fire departments or mutual aid partners who would also benefit from this training, please pass along this information.

Canadian National and Canadian Pacific look forward to working with your departments and agencies toward our common goal of improving public safety.


Ken Collins                                               Tony Houdyshell                    

Dangerous Goods Officer                          Hazardous Materials Officer

Midwest Division                                       Canadian Pacific

CN Network Operations                                                            Cell (414) 208-8546     

Cell (715) 210-0416

Emergency: 1-800-465-9239



Matthew Stokes

Safety Training and Response Strategies, LLC

Office: (952) 960-1460

Cell:     (612) 845-1826

Important Details

Required Safety Gear:

  •  Hard Hats/Steel Toe Boots/Leather Gloves
  •  Warm Clothing
  •  Change of Clothes 
  •  Exposure gear if Applicable
  •  PFDs 
  •  Safety Glasses- Bring your own
  •  Ice Cleats if applicable


  • Canadian National Railway (CN)
  • Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)


Ken Collins
Canadian National

1625 Depot Street
Stevens Point WI 54481

Phone  715-210-0416
Mobile  901-846-0569
Tony Houdyshell
Canadian Pacific
Mobile  (414) 208-8546
Matthew Stokes
Safety Training and Response Strategies, LLC
Phone  (952) 960-1460
Mobile  (612) 845-1826

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