This program will provide the first responder basic knowledge, skills, and abilities to respond to incidents involving Crude by Rail. The program is delivered over 3 days (24 hours) with over 60% field exercise. The program covers: the history of crude oil, chemical and physical properties of the different crude oil transported, basic site and damage assessment, tank car design and construction. Additional subjects include: tactical product control methods including the application of firefighting foam agents, water and spill control procedures, planning for crude oil incidents, and the environmental impacts.
The practical evolutions will include a demonstration of Crude Oil fires, boil overs, and foam applications as applied to Crude Oil incidents by rail and advanced firefighting techniques. The practical evolutions will culminate in a full-scale derailment exercise.