ABERDEEN, Wash. – Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway hosted HazMat training for local first responders, Justin Piper with BNSF said ”About 99.998% of all hazmat is shipped on the rails without incident.” Piper detailed some of the types of hazardous materials we might see on Grays Harbor rail. He said they’re transporting more and more crude oil nationwide “5 years ago BNSF transported less than 10,000 carloads of petroleum crude oil, last year we transported over 60,000. It is the most transported hazardous material today.”
Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard said “If there’s a railroad incident, there’s a number that gets called right away. They can identify exactly what that product is, where the train is, what the situation is, and they will start mobilizing state federal railroad resources that will respond immediately.”
Don Seil with PS-n-P added “First responders is our main concern, making sure that they’re educated on what types of equipment we have and how to go about the response.”
The group also toured a couple of cars that you might have seen parked near the Rotary Log Pavilion yesterday.