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Surface Transportation Emergency Preparedness and Security (STEPS) - Senior Officials


Kanawha County 911 Center
200 Peyton Way
Charleston WV 25309

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Course Objectives – The STEPS-SR course offers an executive level introduction to the roles and responsibilities of preparedness, prevention, and response to emergencies involving surface transportation freight and passenger systems. This course will provide a clear overview of freight and passenger system threats facing jurisdictions/organizations of public and private officials and the organizational structure that must be implemented according to the NRF in an incident. There will be special emphasis on National Special Security Events (NSSE’s).

Attendee Level

Target Audience – The course is intended for executive and elected level officials, both public and private, such as mayors, county executives, directors, assistant directors, chiefs, deputy chiefs, division managers, and supervisors. Participants should include representation from state and local entities, public service agencies, fire services, law enforcement, emergency medical services, emergency planning, public health, hazardous materials response, and private industry.

Event Focus

Executives will learn to identify threats and vulnerabilities of freight (including flammable/combustible liquid transportation) and passenger system operations within their jurisdictions/organizations, learn to recognize and prioritize the importance of facility and conveyance hardening, receive familiarization with the NIMS/NRF to prioritize organizational immediate actions and response operations, and learn how to develop and apply management/planning tools for flammable/combustible liquids incidents and counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) operations and evacuations.


Joseph L. Taylor
CSX Transportation

2973 West Pittsburgh Road
New Castle PA 16101

Phone  412-928-4730
Mobile  757-710-4650