2015 NFPA C&E Featured Presentation

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jun 14, 2015

What? The Lac-Mégantic Railway Disaster – A Town Destroyed and 47 Killed; Lessons Learned

When? Wednesday, June 24, 8:00-9:00 am



  • Denis Lauzon, Fire Chief of Lac Mégantic and incident commander for the disastrous event
  • J. Gordon Routley, PE, FSFPE, FIFireE; Division Chief, Montreal Fire Department


The story of the Lac Mégantic incident represents an important chapter in the modern era of risk management. On July 6, 2013, a runaway train composed of 72 tank cars transporting crude oil from North Dakota to the east coast derailed in the center of a town in rural Quebec. The resulting fire claimed 47 lives and destroyed the center of the community. The details will provide valuable lessons for attendees from several different sectors.