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 (TRANSCAERĀ®), 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 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.

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Freight Rail Plays a Vital Role in the Community

Freight rail plays a vital role in the community, BNSF’s Courtney Wallace writes in the Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee.

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Fuel Tank Donated to La Crosse, WI Fire Department

The La Crosse Fire Department received a donation of a fuel tank car from BNSF Railway to use in training exercises to prepare for Hazmat emergencies.

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