PER-381 Transportation Container Loading and Unloading Emergency Response (TCLUER) – DHS/FEMA-Funded

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Recommended Prerequisites –

  • Firefighter I, or equivalent level of training
  • Hazardous Materials Operations

Equipment Requirements – Participants are required to provide Structural Firefighting gear. SERTC provides SCBA only.

This 24-hour course focuses on specific fundamentals and skills associated with an emergency response to a Transportation Container Loading and Unloading Operation utilizing a commercial loading rack. The orientation will be to manage releases and fires from surface transportation containers which are carrying DOT Hazard Class 3 products. This Operations Level Program will review specific information on safe operations around commercial loading/unloading operations, chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials transferred, detection and monitoring equipment specific to these commodities, safety features and construction of both rail and highway containers. The program will offer mitigation methods including tactical considerations, fire suppression procedures and participation in practical evolutions. During this three-day program, there will be extensive hands on practical evolutions in dealing with liquid and gaseous releases involving our commercial loading rack assemblies, rail car and highway cargo tanks at our fixed site in a scenario format.

The TCLUER course is a transportation specific emergency program and addresses the potential hazards involved in transfer of flammable liquids from rail, highway, and fixed facility storage, its environmental impacts, the process of proper bonding and grounding at incidents; Association of American Railroads (AAR) Pamphlet 34, as well as mitigation planning and response procedures for spills and fires. Participants will learn to plan and work effectively with members of the railroad industry, emergency response organizations, vendors and service providers, and community stakeholders.

Course Objectives The TCLUER course focuses on basic fundamentals and skills associated with emergency response incidents involving flammable liquids during transfer/trans loading by rail tank car, highway vehicle, and above ground storage facilities, while using a full scale transfer station. Participants are provided with the historical data and case studies about flammable liquids transportation.

TCLUER participants will learn to conduct site assessment of the scene, assess damage to containers, and perform confinement and containment actions on incidents involving flammable liquids. Participants will also learn to assist in identifying vulnerabilities within their own local transportation systems while learning to recognize and prioritize assets in their jurisdiction and region. Participants will learn the importance of building relationships with mutual aid departments; and more importantly, their transportation representatives. They will also learn the necessary components of NIMS and the NRF to prioritize organizational immediate actions and response operations. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have the knowledge to make basic decisions during a flammable liquid transfer/transload incident and will be able to determine whether they should act in an offensive, defensive, or non-intervention mode during an incident.

Target Audience – Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Training to the Firefighter I with Hazardous Materials Operations as described by OSHA, NFPA, and EPA. The participant community for this course represents fire service, emergency management, and railroad industry personnel, highway industry personnel, and hazardous materials response contractors that deal with flammable liquids in transportation.