On April 4th, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the launch of an on-line Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response (“TRIPR”) training resource, which provides emergency responders with critical information and best practices related to rail incidents involving unit trains carrying flammable liquids like crude oil or ethanol. The launch follows a spate of Department of Transportation rules and guidance over the past 2 years addressing the movement of unit trains carrying flammable liquid. The training materials, consisting of PowerPoint presentations, student workbooks, instructor lesson plans and interactive scenarios and videos, were developed in a joint effort between federal agencies and rail safety stakeholders. The federal agencies included the Department of Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency. The curriculum focuses on key hazmat response functions for first responders and emergency service personnel. The goal of the TRIPR resources is to learn from past incidents and leverage the experience of various participants to better manage future incidents involving unit trains carrying flammable liquids.

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