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U.S. rail employees are receiving comprehensive security training, AAR says


U.S. railroads are providing employees comprehensive security training, including techniques and programs developed by the railroads, federal government and Rutgers University’s National Transit Institute, Association of American Railroads President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Hamberger told Congress during a security hearing last week.

Railroads are incorporating security training into safety recertification, and new hire and new manager training programs, and adopting an industry-wide security program based on the institute’s training techniques.

“Training encompasses topics such as what to do when an employee sees a stranger or suspicious activity on rail property; to whom to report the anomaly; the need to keep information about train movements and cargoes confidential; and the need to keep rail property safe and secure,” said Hamberger. “Going forward, rail employee security training will be documented and recorded, something that has not previously been done.”

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