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 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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BNSF Successfully Completed Our California OSPR Drill and Equipment Deployment

BNSF successfully completed our 2018 California OSPR table top exercise and equipment deployment in Westwood, CA utilizing our California Oil Spill Contingency Plan and Geographical Response Plans.   This exercise demonstrated the capability of industry and agencies to work together to minimize and mitigate the impacts of a potential oil spill.  Thank you to our National Incident Management Team Members, Contractors, Hamilton Branch Fire Department, OSPR and EPA participants and evaluators that made this drill and exercise a success.

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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.