DPS Trains on Emergency Response to Railroad Incidents
On May 26, members of the Department of Public Safety attended a course on Emergency Response to Railroad Incidents conducted by officials from CSX Railroad. The course covered safety around railroad cars and tracks and dealt with handling hazardous materials carried by the railroad. The course was taught by Jim Briski, Hazmat Supervisor for CSX. Jack Oddn, an employee of CSX who survived the 1978 Waverly Train Disaster, spoke about his experiences during the days of the disaster and how the Waverly Disaster has affected hazardous materials and emergency response nationwide.
Accompanying CSX were two hazmat contractors, Hepaco and Eagle SWS, who assist CSX with hazardous material clean-up. The contractors gave demonstrations of their equipment and trailers to the Firefighters and Public Safety Officers attending the training.