Yesterday, at the invitation of Transport Canada's Emergency Response Task Force, an NFPA team consisting of Shayne Mintz, our Canadian Regional Representative, Ken Willette and Tom McGowan from our Public Fire Protection Division and I spent the day with 50 members of the Canadian fire service, government, and rail and oil industries to discuss how we might meet their needs for standards, guidance and training for emergency response to crude oil railcar derailments.
There have been an average of one of these incidents in North America every couple of months or so; the incident in Lac Megantic Quebec killed over 40 people 2 years ago.
The outcome of the meeting was a resounding endorsement of NFPA as the standards pathway for emergency responder competency standards. The task force also identified the need for a short term solution that pulls together current information which the Research Foundation may be able to help with.
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