Pipeline Emergency Preparedness Training


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2018 marks the fifth year the IAFC and TransCanada have partnered to deliver an innovative training program, primarily through the creation of an online pipeline incident training portal as well as the delivery of a series of regional town halls across the U.S.

A series of town halls hosted in locations across the U.S. focus on pipeline response plan collaboration, with TransCanada sharing its local asset maps and response software capacity. 

Following each town hall, TransCanada and the IAFC work to establish preplans with local fire departments and return to lead a joint tabletop exercise and improve response collaboration.

Each town hall is a 2.5-hour course is for first responders, emergency management and neighboring mutual-aid partners with response responsibility for pipeline emergencies. The training will facilitate open dialogue on the priorities for responding to a pipeline emergency.

Takeaways include:

  • Understanding how to access information on the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS)
  • Discussing first responder priorities (via a pre-plan response checklist)
  • Understanding what products move through your jurisdiction and how to be prepared to respond
  • Learning how to:
    • Complete a pipeline scene size-up
    • Engage with operator's control center
    • Interact with operator's staff and contractors
  • Two hours training credits toward your yearly hazardous material training requirement through IAFC Academy

This Pipeline Emergency Preparedness Training course is offered by the IAFC and TransCanada.

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