The Chemical Safety Train
Collaboration plays an important role in the success of these goals. One of the ways it accomplishes this is by working with TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), a voluntary national outreach effort that helps communities prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident.
The TRANSCAER OrganizationTRANSCAER was formed in 1986 by Dow and Union Pacific Railroad. It serves as an inter-industry outreach program focusing on assisting communities that might not host a major chemical facility, but which are situated on or near major transportation routes, prepare for and respond to a possible incident.
TRANSCAER is sponsored by manufacturers, shippers, carriers and other industries involved in the transportation of hazardous materials. Those industries include railroads, trucking companies, chemical producers and distributors, emergency response contractors, as well as trade associations.
TRANSCAER Training ToursA major component of TRANSCAER is the TRANSCAER Training Tours, which provide improved community awareness and preparedness along chemical transportation routes, in coordination with the transportation industry; national, regional and state TRANSCAER programs; and training cars from the Firefighters Education and Training Foundation.
In 2010, Dow is once again rolling out its “Chemical Safety Train” outfitted with two custom classrooms and a training center. While Dow has been supporting TRANSCAER since it was established, this particular train has been in service since 2007. In that time Dow has provided free chemical transportation training to more than 2,600 emergency responders across the country, including local fire-fighters and hazmat specialists.
• Track 1 – General Awareness for non-responders (1.5 hours)
In this track, participants gain a general understanding of the roles and responsibilities of those that may be involved in responding to a hazmat emergency involving Toxic Inhalation Hazards/Flammable Gas commodities. Participants are also given a tour of the Safety Train cars at the training site.
In this track, participants engage in hands-on activities and are taught the basics regarding specific topics and types of equipment, such as Locomotives and Tank Anatomy; Capping kits; Leak investigation and mitigation; Tank Truck anatomy; and Toxic Inhalation hazards and Flammable Gas.