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KIMBERTON FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN WITH NORFOLK SOUTHERN PERSONNEL
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By Kimberton Fire Company
May 3, 2017

KING OF PRUSSIA: Norfolk Southern's safety train stopped in King of Prussia for 3 days as part of its Operation Awareness & Response (OAR) program, which provides first responders with free training on how to respond to a railroad incident. Kimberton Fire personnel attended the training - joining many others from around the region.

The OAR safety train is composed of a 2,000-horsepower; 273-ton locomotive painted in honor of emergency responders; two boxcars converted into 30-seat classrooms; four styles of tank cars: DOT-105, DOT-111, DOT-112, and DOT-117; and two 89-foot flatcars used to transport intermodal containers.

Each four-hour training session includes classroom instruction and hands-on training inside a locomotive and on rail cars. The sessions are recommended for representatives of fire and law enforcement departments, emergency medical services and hazmat response teams, military and homeland security personnel, and railroad customers and suppliers.

"We're committed to moving all materials on our railroad safely," said John Irwin, Norfolk Southern assistant vice president safety and environmental. "Important components of our safety culture include building relationships with first responders in the 22 states where NS operates and providing in-person educational opportunities like the OAR train."

NS is a 16-time national TRANSCAER Achievement Award winner. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in voluntary efforts by companies to help communities prepare for and safely respond to incidents involving transport of hazardous materials.

During 2016 Norfolk Southern provided training for about 5,600 emergency responders, government officials, and others in 18 states. The training included classroom seminars, hands-on sessions with rolling stock, table-top simulations, full-scale drills, and exercises at training centers operated by NS and the Association of American Railroads. Norfolk Southern also was instrumental in developing the AskRail� mobile app, which provides real time rail information to first responders.

About Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

This train car is converted into the classroom
This train car is converted into the classroom
 
Lead Engine for the Safety Train.
Lead Engine for the Safety Train.
 
The Instructor starts at the front of the train and works his way to the rear, explaining the train and its cars.
The Instructor starts at the front of the train and works his way to the rear, explaining the train and its cars.
Understanding the valves found on top of a tank car
Understanding the valves found on top of a tank car
 
This flat bed contains the various manways found on top of a tank car.  This allows the class to see them without having to climb on top of a tank car.
This flat bed contains the various manways found on top of a tank car. This allows the class to see them without having to climb on top of a tank car.
High & Low pressure tank cars
High & Low pressure tank cars
 
This is the inside of a tank car - designed for instruction.  Note it has doors on both ends.
This is the inside of a tank car - designed for instruction. Note it has doors on both ends.
 
 

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