In the recent past there have been several pipeline and rail car incidents involving flammable liquids in municipalities in North America. These incidents often involve a complex interaction with municipal authorities, the fire service as the first responders, and industry personnel. Despite the extensive efforts of all parties to ensure that emergency responders are properly trained and equipped, there remain gaps in the application and use of risk-based response processes to manage these incidents. Likewise, there is no standardized template or reference point to provide emergency response agencies with emergency planning and response best practices; this challenge is shared by small and large departments alike.
Two new Fire Protection Research Foundation project reports have now been completed and published, as they provide on-scene incident commander guidance for High Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFT) and Liquid Petroleum Pipeline Emergencies.
Download for free, "High Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFT) On-Scene Incident Commander Field Guide" and "Liquid Petroleum Pipeline Emergencies On-Scene Incident Commander Field Guide," both authored by Gregory G. Noll & Michael S. Hildebrand of Hilldebrand & Noll Associates, Inc.