Training Debrief: Westmoreland County, Pa.

Hazmat Training Debrief will give you a quick recap of interesting hazmat training going on. This week we look at recent training from Westmoreland County, Pa. 

What agency led the training? 

Norfolk Southern along with TransCAER under a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration.

Where was it held? 

Pitcairn Rail Yard in Wall, Pa., which is part of Allegheny County.

What was the set up time? 

The train was on site for 3 days. The setup for the exercise was 1 day and the exercise was 4 hours.

How many were trained? 


What hazmat levels were the trainees? 

Trainees to hazmat techs.

What were the training objectives? 

Mitigate four rail emergencies involving a flammable liquid, toxic inhalation substance, acid spill and diesel fuel from a locomotive.

What evolutions did trainees do? 

Patching, diking, damming, install Midland kit, flange securing and decontamination.

What technology was used? 

Five-gas meters, drone, video surveillance, incident management software and multiband patch of radio systems.

What were the biggest successes? 

Dual county response of HMRT with integrated members of both teams to mitigate hazards. Identification of gaps in interoperability that were overcome. Hands-on techniques on multiple hazards. Connectivity with two county EOCs. Drone video of the activity was excellent.

What would you do differently next time? 

Can’t really think of anything we would do different.

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