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.

Training

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

Online

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

Community

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

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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Battery Electric Locomotive

 

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and Wabtec’s (NYSE: WAB) exploration of the future potential of battery-electric locomotives crosses another significant milestone this week as they begin testing the technology in revenue service between Barstow and Stockton, California. As BNSF seeks ways to further reduce its environmental impact, the advancement of battery technology offers some possible solutions.

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Face Coverings Mandatory

Face coverings mandatory when distancing isn’t possible. Effective, Saturday, May 2, BNSF employees are now required to wear a face covering or mask when social distancing is not possible and we are asking our contract partners to implement similar face-covering requirements for their workers.

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Electronic Train List

On April 13, 2020 BNSF received authorization to use electronic hazardous material (hazmat) documents instead of paper.  This change was driven to decrease BNSF’s train crews’ exposure to COVID19, as electronic train/hazmat documents allow BNSF’s crews to board their train without having to enter a BNSF yard office to secure their paperwork.  This change was also driven in an effort to improve the accuracy of the list available to emergency responders during a hazmat incident.

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