Emergency Responders from California Complete Union Pacific's Tank Car Safety Training

Roseville, Calif., February 11, 2015

Union Pacific Railroad conducted tank car safety training for 26 emergency response personnel from California at the state's Office of Emergency Services' California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) facility in Roseville. The four-day, 40-hour course was held from January 20 - 23.

"Our tank car safety programs are an important feature of our ongoing commitment to educating first responders in the communities we serve," said Mark Maday, Union Pacific's manager, hazardous materials training. "These four-day courses offer important information and hands-on experience responders can use to protect themselves and their communities in the unlikely event of a rail-related hazardous material incident."

The training covered a variety of safety subjects including how to identify tank car types, tank car construction features, and the fittings and safety appliances on tank cars. Participants received hands-on experience in assessing tank car damage, making repairs, controlling the release of hazardous materials from damaged rail cars and using proper protective clothing.

Class members also participated in a large scale exercise that simulated a hazardous material incident. The exercise was intended to help students learn how to safely respond to a hazardous materials incident, as well as how to effectively work with Union Pacific in the event of such an incident.

Union Pacific regularly reaches out to fire departments as well as other emergency responders along its routes to offer comprehensive training to first responders in communities where the railroad operates. Each year, the company trains approximately 2,500 local, state and federal first-responders on ways to minimize the impact of a potential derailment. Union Pacific has trained nearly 38,000 public responders and almost 7,500 private responders (shippers and contractors) since 2003. This includes classroom and hands-on training.

Emergency response personnel from the following California organizations attended the five-day course:

  • Kern County Fire Department, Barkersfield
  • Lodi Fire Department, Lodi
  • Sacramento Fire Department, Sacramento
  • Waterloo-Morada Fire District, Stockton
  • Sutter County Fire Department, Sutter
  • Lathrop-Manteca Fire District, Lathrop
  • Truckee Fire Department, Truckee
  • Roseville Fire Department, Roseville
  • Cal Fire, Roseville
  • Manteca Fire Department, Manteca
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Mather
  • Fresno County - Cal Fire, Fresno
  • Solano Sheriff's Office, Fairfield

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2005-2014, Union Pacific invested more than $31 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

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