In response to the multiple emergency pipeline and rail car incidents involving crude oil spills that have occurred in North America in recent years, the Research Foundation hosted a two-day workshop, Key Performance Capabilities for Hazardous Materials Incident Commanders, at NFPA headquarters, November 2-3, 2016. The goals of the workshop were to review, clarify and confirm tools for incident commander to manage events involving pipeline and rail car spills of crude, and to develop a competency framework that can be applied to the corresponding professional qualification standards.
Presenters addressed a wide range of issues around effective, safe mitigation of these incidents, with a primary goal of ensuring first responders’ safety. Greg Noll of Noll Associates addressed the management of HazMat incidents, High Hazard Flammable Liquid Trains (HHFT) and Flammable Liquid Pipeline emergency incident command. Chris Powers presented the competency guidelines for HHFT incidents developed by the Transport Canada Emergency Response task force and the NFPA. Following this, James Li, Thunkable gave an overview of the NFPA HAZMAT FLIC app. David Hooton, Ed. D., facilitated the breakout sessions on competencies and capabilities for incident commanders. Ken Willette, NFPA discussed the need for research on the foam application rates for HHFT incidents.