St. Louis Firefighters Train on Rail Oil Emergencies

St. Louis (MO) firefighters recently undertook training with a hazardous materials manager from CSX railroad on responding to crude oil train emergencies.

The three-hour course, near St. Louis University, grew from concerns by Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson about shipments through the region of especially volatile crude from the Bakken shale oil fields in the Northern Plains, according to a report from the Post-Dispatch (

Firefighters examined every minute aspect of an empty railroad tank car. They also learned how to read shipping papers and identify cargo and how to shut down a locomotive. More intensive training in scheduled for the future, as well.

The issue with transporting crude oil by rail have been on the mind of public safety professionals since a devastating derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killed nearly 50 people.

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