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Cass County hosts rail car emergency training

Last Updated on August 14, 2022 by Cass County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency responders from local public safety agencies came together on Saturday, August 13, 2022 to prepare for rail car emergencies. The training was organized by Cass County Emergency Management Agency and hosted by the Logansport Fire Department.

Most rail car shipments reach their destination without incident. The few that do have problems can potentially have significant impact over a big area. Training together with rail industry experts and multiple departments is one of the way county public safety partners prepare for such an event.

The days activities included learning about rail car design, properties of chemicals commonly transported by rail, and offensive, defensive and non-intervention strategies that can be used in rail car response. A rail car simulator was used as part of the exercises for more realistic and hands on training.

Instructors came from the All Hazards Training Center at the University of Findlay to conduct the all day training. Funding for the course came from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the offering was available at no charge to the community or participating responders.

Agencies participating in the training included:

  • Cass County Emergency Management Agency
  • Cass County Fire District 1
  • Clymers Clinton Township Fire Department
  • Logansport Fire Department
  • Lucerne Fire Department 
  • New Waverly Fire Department
  • Royal Center Fire Department
  • Twelve Mile Fire Department 
  • Walton Community Fire Department

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Emergency Management Agency