Terrace Fire Chief Peter Weeber and Kitimat and Deputy Fire Chief Trent Bossence attended the Security and Emergency Response Training Centre (SERTC) a world-class training facility located at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado.
SERTC offers customized training programs to the chemical industry, public and private emergency response teams, government agencies, and military to counter terrorism in the rail environment.
The SERTC Training sponsored by CN Rail held Sept 12 – 18th was attended by emergency services professionals from all over Canada and the United States.
The training provided detailed technical information combined with extensive hands-on practice in responding to simulated large-scale dangerous goods incidents in a rail transportation environment.
“With the ongoing potential of dangerous goods incidents in communities along the CN Rail network CN has been working hard to make specialized emergency response training more readily available to the emergency response community," says Weeber.
“It was five days of intense training in the classroom the laboratory, and in the field. We were immersed in the most realistic, full-scale accident scenarios I have ever experienced,” says Bossence.
The scenarios included a 45 railcar derailment with explosions and the simulated the release of toxic gasses and chemical spills. Participants worked as a team with CN Dangerous Goods Officers to manage the emergencies. The extent of the training included a final scenario that began at 8 a.m. and concluded at 10 p.m. on the last day of the course.
"This experience gave us a true appreciation for the amount of work CN has done to ensure that when disaster strikes they have the right people and resources in place to respond anywhere along the CN network," said Weeber.
The training offered valuable insight into the risks involved how to manage them and how work effectively with CN during a rail emergency. VIDEO 1