Union Pacific’s response process easily fits into public response incident command structure.
- Union Pacific's process requires analyzing the problem, planning the response, implementing the plan and evaluating and adjusting the response as necessary.
- Union Pacific’s Response Management Communication Center (RMCC) is an around-the-clock emergency response center where critical call dispatchers manage calls from the public, law enforcement and others across Union Pacific’s 32,000-mile network.
- RMCC follows all regulations regarding notification and local, state and federal agencies in the event of an accident and works closely with first responders throughout an incident.
Union Pacific has a wide network of qualified people to respond to any emergency:
- Union Pacific has 30 highly trained hazardous materials responders.
- Union Pacific also relies on a network of private response contractors who are carefully vetted and audited annually to ensure readiness. Most contractors are highly qualified with fire fighting or United States Coast Guard Oil Spill Recovery Organization (OSRO) certifications. OSRO-certified contractors have demonstrated expertise and equipment to handle oil spills on land and water. Contractors have access to equipment (boats, boom, skimmers, vacuum trucks, storage tanks, heavy equipment) necessary to respond to a hazardous materials incident.
- To supplement the response, air monitoring contractors quickly provide real-time data to public responders. Additionally, HMM can deploy contractors who are subject matter experts in toxicology, industrial hygiene, medicine, nursing and environmental protection. These specialty contractors can work in the communities and in concert with first responders to ensure a safe response.
HMM has invested in response equipment in the form of firefighting trailers, foam caches, air monitoring equipment and specialty tools to ensure resources are readily available.