New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Strategy and Tactics for Incident Commanders Operating at a Crude Oil Rail Emergency

NYSAFC is conducting workshops in conjunction with CSX, CP, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on strategy and tactics for handling a derailment involving crude oil. The workshop is not designed to teach firefighters how to put foam on a fire, but rather provide incident commanders with an overview of the strategies and tactics necessary to operate during the first 15 minutes to eight hours of a crude oil derailment.

This workshop will provide students with an understanding of how to build a response plan for large-scale rail responses, including deployment of first alarm resources for their department, mutual aid departments, and other emergency response agencies. The program will demonstrate the assignment and coordination of responding fire officers and resources/supporting units to achieve unified command post staffing, rescue/evacuation, exposure protection/suppression, water supply, and foam/environmental operations. It will also provide attendees and subject matter experts an opportunity to exchange information regarding capabilities and available assistance.

Free five-hour workshops for command level staff and supporting officers are being funded by grants from CSX and CP. Workshops are invitation only, as determined by the host agency.

Dates and Locations (Sponsored by CSX):

March 19, 2017 – Ulster County
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cedar Grove Fire Station • 2885 Route 32 • Saugerties, NY 12477

Dates and Locations (Sponsored by CP):

March 4, 2017 – Schenectady County
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
East Glenville Fire Department • 433 Saratoga Road • Glenville, NY 12302

March 11, 2017 – Saratoga County
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Greenfield Fire District • Maple Avenue Fire Co. #4 • 613 Maple Avenue • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

March 18, 2017 – Clinton County
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton County Office of Emergency Services • 16 Emergency Services Drive • Plattsburgh, NY 12901

March 25, 2017 – Washington County
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company • 161 Main Street • Whitehall, NY 12877