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Rail-car emergency scenario training hosted by Dow

July 09 2019

Being trained to respond to an unthinkable disaster is important to Dow Canada, as evidenced by their most recent safety training session...


On June 25 and 27, Dow hosted rail-car and road emergency response training for first responders in partnership with GATX Corporation and the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response initiative (TRANSCAER). TRANSCAER was started in Canada in 1985 by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC).

Today, it’s led by CIAC and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC). GATX’s TankTrainer mobile classroom — a 33,500-gallon tank car outfitted with a variety of fittings, coatings and configurations — was on Dow’s Fort Saskatchewan site to provide trainees with a hands-on learning experience. Trainees accessed the interior and top of the tank car and attended training sessions in a classroom car that accompanies the TankTrainer.

“I’ve been a Dow employee for many years and I’m proud that the site I work at hosted this training. It’s important for us to inform communities about the measures that are in place to ensure the safe transportation of products by road and rail,” said Randy Mak, committee chair and Dow Canada hydrocarbons plant operator with the national TRANSCAER. “This week is especially meaningful because it’s in my hometown and I’m working with a lot of great people I have known for many years. As a founding member of responsible care, Dow has been extremely supportive of my role in working with TRANSCAER.”

CIAC and the RAC also partner with other associations in Canada and the U.S. — those representing manufacturers, distributors, transportation companies, and emergency responders — to ensure that transportation safety best practices are shared, and that consistent, state-of-the-art training and emergency preparedness activities are carried out across North America.

“We work with municipal officials, emergency responders, and residents along transportation routes, to assist them in developing and evaluating their community emergency response plans and we host outreach events across Canada each year,” Mak said. “A big thanks to our mutual aid partner Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER) for helping to ensure that this training opportunity was shared across our region.”

Mak believes in the training and is dedicated to spreading the message of railroad safety.

“I’m always happy when we can bring the training to communities and help emergency responders feel more comfortable dealing with rail and road issues,” said Mak. “During any emergency response that you may be involved in, please remember that you are not alone.”