PHMSA Releases Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has released the Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response (TRIPR) training resource, a web-accessible tool for emergency responders.

These training resources offer a flexible approach to training the first responders and emergency services personnel in pre-incident planning and response. Each module contains a PowerPoint presentation, Student Workbook, and Instructor Lesson Plan.

In addition to these materials, there are three interactive scenarios with animation and introduction videos to help instructors lead tabletop discussions.

DOT developed these resources to offer a flexible approach to training responders to prepare for rail incidents involving flammable liquids; the materials offer information on best practices related to rail incidents involving Class 3 flammable liquids, such as crude oil and ethanol.

It was created in conjunction with other government safety agencies including FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, EPA, rail carriers, and industry experts. The curriculum consists of nine training modules that focus on key response functions and incorporates three interactive training scenarios and introductory videos.

The curriculum consists of nine training modules that focus on key response functions and incorporates three interactive training scenarios and introductory videos.

PHMSA plans to host a series of open house events to promote the TRIPR curriculum along with free training sessions for local emergency responders.