Enhancing Incident Commander Competencies for Management of Incidents

Blog Post created by tommcgowan Employee on Dec 21, 2016

Over the course of several months, High Hazard Flammable Liquid Train (HHFT) and Pipeline Incidents have shared the news with spectacular footage of train derailments and fires and pipeline fires and spills. First responders are met with challenges from science-based risk assessment to mitigation of large scale incidents and jurisdictional concerns.

NFPA has lead the way in proactive discussions, assisting in training and educational development, awarding grants for research studies, and providing standards and guidance for added value to the responders’ knowledge and information foundation to work safely and effectively at these types of incidents.

From the provinces of Canada to local municipalities in the United States, NFPA is supporting responders, private industry, and authorities having jurisdiction with common threads based on NFPA standards coupled with subject matter expertise panels and research based workshops that further expand first responder engagement in NFPA.

           Navigate to to view the recently completed project supported by the Fire Protection Research Foundation and The Department of Transportation’ Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on details for Enhancing Incident Commander Competencies for Management of Incidents Involving Pipeline and Rail Car Spills of Flammable Liquids. Available at the site is the project summary, High Hazard Flammable Trains On-Scene Incident Commander Field Guide, Liquid Petroleum Pipeline Emergencies On-scene Incident Commander Field Guide, the HAZMAT FLIC App and download, the report of the HAZMAT IC workshop, and the report on the KPC HH IC workshop.


Tom McGowan