To familiarize each student with the techniques and skills needed to efficiently and effectively mitigate an incident involving a tank car, resulting in a spill of hazardous materials.

The ability to recognize potential failure areas in tank cars, through the understanding of how they are constructed, is a vital component of your overall preparedness and on-scene effectiveness in this type of situation. Once the potential problems are recognized, proper equipment can be accumulated and procedures developed to mitigate the problem when it happens. Leak stopping devices and procedures used during this session, many originally designed for other unrelated problems, are easy to use and quite effective. However, they should not be considered your only choices, or thought to be without their limitations.

Each segment of the module is designed to build upon itself, through demonstrations and hands-on practice sessions. First without, and then with full protective equipment (Level "B" Suit,) and using specially modified tank car heads leaking pressurized water, students will practice leak mitigation in a realistic situation.

In order to ensure the program has met its goal and the students are fully qualified as a Technician Level III Responder, all students will be given a pre-test and post-test. In addition, each students skills will be evaluated during each field evolution. Minimum written test scores are 70% while field evolutions require 100% compliance as determined by each instructor. Certificates will be issued to all students meeting this criteria.

Additional modules in this program

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