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

10:45 pm

BNSF Fire Train

BNSF’s large fleet of firefighting rail equipment is far advanced from the basic water-filled tank cars of the past.  Specialized equipment and training help protect assets from wildfire damage.


1:58 pm

NEW 2017 Crude By Rail and Emergency Response Training Schedule

Safely Transporting Hazardous Materials 2

BNSF Railway will once again offer Crude By Rail and Emergency Response Training workshops to municipal first responders at two locations in 2017.


4:00 pm

New Community Training Opportunities


On an annual basis, BNSF Railway provides numerous railroad specific training opportunities to our local community emergency responders throughout our system.  If you are a community responder, please check out our recently added COMMUNITY TRAINING opportunities.