NFPA hosts free webinar, “High Hazard Flammable Train Transportation,” to help address oil train derailment hazards

Webinar on Thursday, June 4, 2:00–3:00pm EDT

May 28, 2015 – Following multiple crude oil train accidents this year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host a free webinar on Thursday, June 4 at 2:00pm EDT, to help the fire service and code enforcement personnel be prepared for oil train derailment incidents.

Rail cars transporting crude oil have a tendency to explode when they derail, and the number of rail cars carrying crude has increased significantly in the last six years. Nearly 500,000 carloads of crude oil were transported by rail in 2014, up from about 9,500 in 2008, according to reports from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

NFPA’s “High Hazard Flammable Train Transportation” webinar will present the characteristics of the crude oil being transported, the considerations for pre-incident planning, and the NFPA documents available to help prepare for oil train derailment incidents. The session will be moderated by Gary Honold, NFPA regional director and include subject matter experts Guy Colonna, NFPA division manager for fire protection applications, chemical engineering, and Ken Willette, NFPA division manager for public fire protection.

This 45-minute presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. To join this important information sharing webinar, please register before June 4.

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