January 15, 2016
This week, the KCSR Environmental and Hazmat department hosted its first TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness Emergency Response) event of 2016 in Simsboro, La. Participating in the event were the Louisiana State Police, the Ruston, Monroe, West Monroe and Desoto Fire Departments, emergency responders from Lincoln Parish, Caddo Sheriff Office, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and representatives of the KCSR Claims and Freight Claims teams.
KCSR works closely with emergency responders in communities along the railroad to build relationships and prepare to respond should there ever be an accident on the railroad involving hazardous materials. Over 40 participants learned about railroad emergency response (tank cars, train consists and commonly shipped hazmat commodities); components of a tank car (common leaks-tank car valves, pressure relief devices and internal piping); crude by rail (properties of crude oil, shipping considerations, oil spill clean-up); locomotive emergency response; and chlorine cars (pressure cars and application of a c-kit on a chlorine tank car dome).
TRANSCAER® is a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous materials transportation incident. TRANSCAER® members are volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distributor and emergency response industries, as well as the government.