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Rail and Chemical Companies Recognized by National Program for Efforts to Enhance Community Safety


Washington, DC (April 13, 2011) – TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) is recognizing seven rail transport and chemical companies that are helping communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous materials transportation incidents, with its 2010 TRANSCAER National Achievement Award.

“Through TRANSCAER, first responders receive the information and training they need to effectively respond in the unlikely event of a chemical transportation incident, to protect the public and safeguard our communities,” said Rollie Shook, Chair of the National TRANSCAER Task Group and Global Emergency Services Leader, Emergency Services & Security Expertise Center for Dow Chemical Co. “The TRANSCAER awards recognize those companies that have undertaken exceptional efforts to ensure the safe and secure transportation of potentially hazardous products.”

This year’s National Achievement Award winners are:

• BNSF Railway Company
• CSX Transportation
• Canadian National Railways – CN Dangerous Goods Team
• DuPont CAER Car Program
• Norfolk Southern Corporation
• The Dow Chemical Company
• Union Pacific Railroad

In addition, the 2010 Regional Achievement Award was presented to the state TRANSCAER teams in California, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; and the Chairman’s Award was presented to Dave Buccolo, with the Central California Traction Company and TRANSCAER Region 4 Coordinator; and David Binder with Tanner Industries, Inc., who is Chair of the 2011 Anhydrous Ammonia Tour Curriculum Development Committee. This is the second consecutive year that Dave Buccolo has received the Chairman’s Award.

TRANSCAER companies train local emergency responders through a combination of hands-on activities, emergency planning assistance and community drills and exercises, including the use of actual rail and truck equipment, table-top exercises that discuss responses to a possible emergency situation, and whistle-stop tours that bring emergency preparedness training to response organizations in communities across the country.

The following summarizes the work of these award-winning companies to demonstrate and implement the principles of TRANSCAER:

BNSF Railway Company – Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas
BNSF is committed to training 2,500 emergency responders each year and in 2010 conducted major training tours in California and Montana, as well as outreach in Utah, Oregon, Washington state, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming. BNSF Railway operates in 28 states with 33,000 track miles in the central, western and southeastern United States and transports approximately 1.2 million shipments of hazardous materials annually.

CSX Transportation – Headquarters: Jacksonville, Florida
The largest railroad in the eastern United States, CSXT operates in 23 states and two Canadian provinces and transports approximately 421,000 carloads of hazardous materials per year. CSXT continues to show its commitment to providing quality training to more responders through two new self-study training programs, and by providing outreach presentations to over 41 local management agencies in the states in which it operates. In 2010, CSXT hazardous materials managers held over 59 first responders training classes, five crisis management exercises, and two live drills.

Canadian National Railways (CN Dangerous Goods Team) – Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
As part of TRANSCAER and Emergency Services Training Center initiatives, the CN Dangerous Goods Team works year-round to establish community outreach programs that generate goodwill from local citizens in the communities through which they pass, as well as positive media attention and positive commentary from local political leaders. CN supports local communities with its hazardous materials traffic information, and, through mock exercises and training, assists its customers in the safe shipment of hazardous materials. In 2010, CN’s team trained 5,020 emergency responders during 257 TRANSCAER Events in North America.

DuPont CAER Car Program – Headquarters: Wilmington, Delaware
Established in 1988, the DuPont CAER Car™ Partnership has become an industry leader in transportation, community awareness and emergency response, providing responder training in over 1,100 communities in more than 22 countries on four continents. The program uses five CAER tank cars, including three ISO CAER-tainer® units, which simulate emergency response conditions for training purposes through the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Asia Pacific.

Norfolk Southern Corporation – Headquarters: Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk Southern Corporation operates railroad transportation through 22 states and held TRANSCAER training events in 15 of these 22 states in 2010 alone, reaching more than 5,000 emergency responders in 92 cities and counties. Norfolk Southern provided classroom, hands-on training, table-top simulations and actual drills to local emergency planning committees, emergency responders and government officials.

The Dow Chemical Company – Headquarters: Midland, Michigan
In 2010, Dow Chemical continued to illustrate its commitment to improving community awareness and preparedness along chemical transportation routes through its TRANSCAER Training Tours. Over a six-month period, more than 1,640 participants in 19 locations throughout nine states took part in the Training Tours, offered in two tracks to meet the needs of both responders and non-responders.

Union Pacific Railroad – Headquarters: Omaha, Nebraska
Union Pacific Railroad is one of the national largest chemical haulers, operating in 23 states in the western United States and along key north/south corridors. In 2010, UP held 61 training events, reaching more than 3,300 emergency responders. UP also provided 58 communities with hazardous materials traffic density commodity flow studies and coordinated eight drills to ensure community preparedness in the event of a transportation emergency.

California state TRANSCAER team
The California state TRANSCAER team promotes and conducts TRANSCAER training and exercise events and actively works with local agencies and responders to educate and to foster working relationships that enhance community preparedness for hazardous materials incidents. In 2010, the California state TRANSCAER team trained over 1,000 individuals in 12 locations over the course of 34 days.

North Carolina state TRANSCAER team
In 2010, the North Carolina state TRANSCAER team coordinated a series of 21 events across the state, educating and training more than 886 responders, many of which were members of North Carolina’s Hazardous Material Regional Response Teams. These efforts led to the first event with participation from CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and HEPACO Environmental, as well as four Regional Response Teams, increasing the local and state readiness to respond jointly to a transportation emergency.

Pennsylvania state TRANSCAER team
Over the last eight years, the Pennsylvania state TRANSCAER team has coordinated 45 training exercises for emergency responders, with thousands of participants benefiting from its efforts. In 2010 alone, seven different counties participated. These exercises, in addition to participation in tours, regional training and media outreach, have elevated the response capacity throughout the state.

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