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Fire/Rescue members to learn
oil-by-rail firefighting
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Train derailment in Frank, Crowsnest Pass.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Two members of the Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue Department are heading to Pueblo, Colorado from March 16 to 18 for oil-by-rail firefighting training.
“This was in the works long before the train derailment,” said Stevens regarding the Feb. 14 derailment of 12 carloads of crude oil in Frank.
Deputy fire chief Curtis Stevens and Fire/Rescue member Daryl Johnson will be completing the three-day course along with many other firefighters from communities across Canada.
As a result of increasing volumes of crude oil shipments, the rail industry in North America developed a training program to prepare emergency responders in the event of an incident. The training costs between $4,000 and $5,000 per individual.
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“The industry has decided to help fund the training because smaller municipal and volunteer fire services do not have the financial means to send individuals to this type of specialized program,” said Canadian Pacific Railway spokesperson Salem Woodrow
The course is called Crude by Rail Emergency Response. It covers the chemical and physical properties of different types of crude oil, tactical product control methods and environmental impacts. It then culminates in a full-scale derailment simulation.
When crude oil is burned it emits chemicals that can affect human health. These include lead, sulfur dioxide and volatile organic compounds.
In 2014 CP sent 188 firefighters to the Security and Emergency Response Training Centre (SERTC) in Pueblo and plans to send another 120 in 2015. The SERTC is a subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads.
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