Hazardous Materials

Did you know that…

  • Rail transportation is by far the safest way to ship hazardous materials.
  • Railroads are required by federal law to move hazardous materials. Most of these include products used by consumers every day such as paint, batteries, alcohol-containing products such as hand sanitizer and insect repellent and household cleaning products.
  • The hazardous materials of greatest concern to emergency officials are a tiny portion of all rail shipments, amounting to only about 0.3 percent of all rail shipments.
  • RRVW helps train emergency responders across our system to ensure they are prepared to protect the public in the event of any emergency situation involving hazardous materials.  From table top exercises to full scale drills, first responders are encouraged to call our Breckenridge, MN office at (218) 643-4994 to request and schedule a free training presentation.
  • Every year RRVW informs all first responders along their rail lines of the number and type of any hazardous materials that travel through their communities by rail.  By sharing this information, it enables the responders to train their volunteers more effectively.
  • RRVW is very excited to be hosting 2 Transcaer tank car training sessions in 2014 in Wahpeton, ND! This first-rate training will be made available to customers, first responders, law enforcement and railroad personnel. 

RRVW appreciates, supports and salutes our first responders! 

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