Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response: “Flammable Liquid Unit Trains” Training Program

PA Fire Academy
The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy is offering this 8-hour class utilizing curriculum developed by numerous agencies working with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This course provides critical information on best practices related to rail incidents involving unit trains hauling Hazard Class 3 flammable liquids such as Petroleum crude oil and  ethanol.

A key component of this class is to learn from past experiences and to leverage the expertise of public safety agencies, rail carriers, and industry subject matter experts in order to prepare first responders to safely manage unit train rail incidents involving commodities such as crude oil and ethanol. This exciting program will be offered locally on:

Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. or Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Northampton County EMA
100 Gracedale Avenue
Nazareth, PA 18064

To register, please complete an application and email to or mail it to Jerry Bimle at the PA State Fire Academy. Register early!

Deadline is noon on April 1, 2016.

04-22-16 Northampton Co. EMA Nazareth – TRIPR AEER Application

04-23-16 Northampton Co. EMA Nazareth – TRIPR AEER Application


For Additional info or applications you can contact :
Michael Rampulla at 610-746-3194 ext.3229 or at

PA State Fire Academy
Jerry Bimle
1150 Riverside Drive
Lewistown, Pa 17044



1. API/AOPL Emergency Response Training Portal Now Live

I am excited to share this with you and encourage you to share with others.

Below is information on API/AOPL Emergency Response Team initiatives. IEC is actively involved as members of both API and AOPL.

The Pipeline Emergency Response Training Portal is now live at

A major task of the API/AOPL Emergency Response Team, this on-line training course is offered free of charge to first responders. The training comprises awareness, operation and technician level courses using the National Association of State Fire Marshalls (NAFSM) “Pipeline Emergencies” Program. It enables first responders to learn the techniques and skills to best address a hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline incident. The on-line training portal is especially useful to rural, volunteer or departments of modest means, allowing them to receive pipeline training that fits their budget, schedule and location.

Learn the techniques and skills to best address a hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline incident.
• New “Best in Class” online training
• FREE OF CHARGE for first responders
• Awareness, Operations and Technician level courses using the well-respected National Association of State Fire Marshals “Pipeline Emergencies” Program
• The Training Portal is among the many initiatives American Petroleum Institute (API) and Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) is introducing to enhance effective response to pipeline incidents.

Supported by: The National Association of State Fire Marshals and the International Association of Fire Chiefs

2. Pipeline Association for Public Awareness

A number of the resources discussed during the Pipeline Emergency Awareness session you participated are listed below for your reference and use. This organization has a number of free [for emergency responders] online and hard copy training opportunities for you and your emergency responder organization.

Pipeline Emergency Response Guidelines
In the unlikely event of an emergency near or involving a pipeline, it is critical you know how to respond and are prepared to work together with the pipeline representatives. PAPA’s

Emergency Response Guidelines were created to provide a concise, yet complete, resource for reference prior to and during a pipeline emergency.

IEC sponsors the above and mails them to the heads of emergency responders in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Northampton Counties. You can download or request a hard copy from their website as well. We use this to provide you with another tool for evacuation distance considerations along with the DOT Emergency Response Guidelines.
Emergency Responder Training Videos
Use this series of Pipeline Emergency Response videos to learn about strategic considerations when responding to a pipeline release in your community. The complete series can be accessed at
Pipeline Emergency Response Training Tools and Scenarios
Access a library of interactive scenarios to apply your knowledge and solve problems. The training materials include: interactive training scenarios, a presentation based on the Pipeline Emergency Response Guidelines booklet, instructors guide, and practice test. These resources may be accessed at
3. Interstate Energy Company
Please visit our website for more pipeline safety information, including where to get additional information.

Contact me if I can be of further assistance at; 610.327.5334

Kathleen P. McVeigh, Supervisor Public Awareness
Interstate Energy Company

Commonwealth NIMS Implementation Strategy

Please see documents regarding the commonwealth NIMS implementation strategy. The first document is the full-version of the strategy and reviews all facets of the NIMS implementation process. The second document includes the local training matrix for ICS field staff as well as EOC staff and Elected officials. The second document was developed from a series of appendices pulled directly from the full document that is also attached.

PEMA Directive D2014-03 – NIMS

National Incident Management System training matrix

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Todd Weaver at or (610) 746-3194