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AWR 147 - Rail Car Incident Response

8-hour awareness level course developed to educate rural emergency responders on freight rail car incidents involving hazardous materials. Upon completion of this DHS approved course, participants will be better prepared to respond to a freight rail car incident without endangering the health and safety of responders. Key point covered in this course include: Identifying the design, construction, components and markings of rail tank care; recognizing the chemical being transported, and the manner in which the chemical must be considered in an emergency; determining damage to the car and the potential hazard to people, property and the environment; recognizing possible mitigation strategies for breached freight cars; identifying characteristics and key resources in the rail/freight industry as well as federal, state, and private resources available to assist in a response effot.

Course Length: 8 hours

Course Manager: Debra Reiter, Emergency Room Director, Salem Township Hospital; email:; phone: 618/548-3194, ext. 8213

Course Timeline: August 1, 2012, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Information: Register at this website: Registration deadline: July 18, 2012, minimum of 20 registrants must be received by this date to confirm the class will be held.

Prerequisite: U.S. Citizenship

Target Audience/Discipline: Because most freight rail traffic traverses rural areas, it is important that rural responders, especially those in resource-limited areas, understand the dangers and unique hazards these incidents present. Although safeguards are in place to prevent hazardous materials from causing harm under normal transportation, storage, handling and use, if any of these safeguards are circumvented, there is potential for great harm.

Scheduled Classes: There are no scheduled dates for this course.

Please note: Applications for courses will be accepted up to 1 day prior to the course date. However, the cutoff date for lodging is 7 days prior to class.

If you want to learn more about the Training Program or are interested in attending a specific course, please contact your IEMA Regional Coordinator or Lori McTaggart. Registration should be made in advance to attend any IEMA sponsored class. Walk-in registrations are only accepted if room space and course materials are available. To register for IEMA classes, please see the IEMA Online Registration and Tracking Program Page.




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