Norfolk Southern provides training for first responders
Columbus, Ohio (WCMH) – Following the derailment in East Palestine, Norfolk Southern is expanding its years-long safety training program.
The training addressed questions many railroad communities had after the crash in East Palestine.
The Norfolk Southern training train travels across the country and spends approximately two weeks in Bellevue, Ohio, one of the train’s 12 stops this year.
First responders from communities of all sizes are invited to learn hands-on about train valves, locomotives and signs, so they know what trains carry and how to respond to incidents can do.
East Palestine Deputy Fire Chief Rick Gorby said he had only done tabletop exercises with Norfolk Southern before training this week. said.
“I feel better prepared after February 3[the day of the derailment],” he said. “This class is very useful. I recommend that all departments with rail lines through the community take this class.”
Norfolk Southern is currently working with state officials to establish a permanent safety training center in Ohio. Meanwhile, the Safety Train He is scheduled to stop in Columbus in early May. All training costs are borne by the railway.
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