Thursday, July 23, 2015

Free App Gives First Responders Access to Information on Potential Railcar Hazards

AskRail, a collaborative effort among all North American Class I railroads, the Association of American Railroads, Railinc Corp. and The Transportation Technology Center, Inc., provides data on the type of hazardous materials a railcar might be carrying and puts information in responders hands on how to respond to an incident. For security reasons, only qualified emergency responders who have completed rail emergency training sponsored by one of the Class I freight railroads or at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) can download and use the AskRail app, although railroads can offer the app to known emergency responders along their routes.
Through AskRail's easy-to-use mobile interface, emergency responders can:
  • Use a simple railcar ID search to see whether a railcar on a train is carrying hazardous materials.
  • View the contents of the entire train.
  • View emergency contact information for all Class I railroads and Amtrak.
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