Community Responders

Welcome Community Responders

The information in this website is intended to support you in your critical position as often the first at the scene of an emergency. This site offers access to training materials and valuable hazmat resources so that you can prepare for and safely respond in the event of a railroad hazmat incident in your community.


To ensure that our hazmat contractor partnerships are mutually rewarding, we offer two important outlets for sharing information best practices.


Build your confidence and knowledge by registering to view these BNSF hazmat training videos, produced to help you safely and effectively respond to railway hazmat incidents.

Access online training


Participate in free hazmat training in your community. BNSF is a member of Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER®), which provides no-cost railroad hazardous materials familiarization course for community emergency responders.

Access community training

Essential Resources

The following resources are intended to help and support Community Responders.

Hazmat equipment

BNSF has strategically staged specialized hazmat equipment across our network.

More about equipment

System Emergency Response Plan Summary

This document will walk you through the procedures you should follow in the event of a hazmat emergency.

Download (PDF)

Hazmat Commodity Flow Request

Local emergency responders and elected- or emergency-management officials can request BNSF hazmat commodity flow reports for emergency response planning.

Request Report

AskRail Mobile App

This invitation-only app provides immediate access to accurate, real-time data about each railcar on a train.

Request AskRail Access

News & Updates

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2017 National TRANSCAER® Achievement Award

BNSF Railway received the 2017 National TRANSCAER® Achievement Award. This award is given in recognition of extraordinary achievement in support of the TRANSCAER® initiative that extends beyond the geographic boundaries of any one region. Congratulations BNSF Hazmat Team for your efforts and dedication ensuring first responders and communities are better prepared for a possible hazardous materials transportation incident.


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24 Hour Emergency Response with Derailment Scenario Training

During the week of October 16-18, 2017, BNSF held a 24 Hour Emergency Response with Derailment Scenario training course for municipal first responders and our BNSF emergency response contractors. This course focused on familiarization and responding to railroad hazmat emergencies, allowing participants to gain knowledge and experience working with the railroad, our emergency response contractors and municipal first responders on scene of a railroad emergency.

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BNSF began developing and testing a PTC system before the first Congressional mandate made in 2008. BNSF was the first and only freight railroad to operate PTC starting in 2012 and continues to be the leader in Class I railroad operations with PTC on freight lines. The industry-wide change is arguably one of the most significant changes for railroads – bigger even than the conversion from steam to diesel-powered locomotives.