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The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) will train area first responders in hazardous materials incident response at three Kentucky locations from Oct. 31 through Nov. 8. The training sessions will be hosted by R. J. Corman Railroad Group LLC.
Fire departments in Anchorage, Middleton, Frankfort, and Lexington will participate in the Railroad Emergency Response Training program.
The program combines classroom instruction, hands-on training, and interactive experience-based discussions tailored to meet first responders’ needs and will include specific information on R. J. Corman’s operations in their respective localities, according to a news release.
The training will cover: safety considerations when working on rail property; emergency contact information; rail types, identification and features; hazmat identifiers on rail cars and tanks; train lists and shipping documents; and incident management.
In addition, there will be hands-on training with a demonstration of valves, fittings and appliances with multiple real-world examples.
"At the conclusion of the ... training, area first responders will be better equipped to work closely with our railroad personnel to respond to a hazmat incident, providing better outcomes for our communities," said Ed Quinn, president and CEO of R. J. Corman Railroad Group.
The training program is provided at no cost to participants or the railroad, with funding provided by a federal grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration.