HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY (FOX 19) - First responders in one tri-state community are getting critical training to help deal with a possible hazardous material incident from a train accident.
The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) tells Fox 19 that they are providing critical training to help rural first responders, government administrators, and emergency managers in Highland Heights, KY respond more effectively to a freight rail car incident.
In 2008, the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) reported, there were more than 7,000 rail car accidents and incidents—20 of which involved hazardous materials—requiring the evacuation of over 5,000 people. In the last five years, there have been 166 incidents involving hazardous materials, most of which occurred in rural America, according to the FRA.
RDPC will be delivering a free Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course, AWR 147 Rail Car Incident Response, on April 13th, from 8am to 5pm at Campbell County Fire Training Center that will educate those on the frontline of defense in their home community on what to do in the event of a rail car incident involving hazardous materials.
The eight-hour, instructor-led course will introduce the rural responder community to basic rail car design and construction features as well as damage assessment strategies to help interpret damage to the rail cars in a hazmat incident. Upon completion of the course, participants will be better prepared to respond to a freight car incident without endangering the health and safety of the responders and the environment.