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Georgia Gov. Kemp attends NS Railway safety training event

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (left) and Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw (right) visited a safety training session for first responders in Atlanta.
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp joined Norfolk Southern Railway President and CEO Alan Shaw earlier this week at a first-responder safety training session in Atlanta.

The event was part of the railroad's Operation Awareness and Response program, which educates more than 5,000 first responders annually, NS officials said in a press release. On June 6, first responders toured locomotives and interacted with local emergency response teams. Participants received instruction on how to respond to railroad incidents.

Course instruction covers safety around the railroad; tank car identification and assessment; tank car valves and fittings; locomotive emergencies; responding to railroad emergencies; the AskRail mobile app; and response strategies and tactics.

The AskRail app — created through a partnership between Railinc Corp. and the Association of American Railroads — is a tool that provides first responders with immediate access to real-time data about what type of hazardous materials a rail car is carrying. The app has nearly 50,000 active users, according to the AskRail website.

"Norfolk Southern is a valued corporate citizen in our state," said Kemp. “[The] training event was a reminder of their dedication to proactive partnerships with first responders on all levels in service of public safety.”