FEC offers safety training for first responders

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Florida East Coast Railway recently offered a unique training experience for emergency responders in Volusia and Palm Beach counties regarding railway safety associated with various equipment utilized in daily rail operations.

FEC partnered with The Safety Train, an independent organization that operates a tank car training train equipped with an onboard classroom and tank cars, to enable experts from FEC, other railroads and environmental services companies to provide hands on instruction regarding hazardous materials transportation equipment and liquefied natural gas.

“Our goal is to provide employees, customers and first responders in the communities we serve with the knowledge required to help us be the safest and most reliable railroad in North America. The safety for our employees and communities is our primary mission as we strive to provide timely service to our customers,” says Fran Chinnici, the railroad's senior vice president.

FEC has pioneered the use of liquefied natural gas as a locomotive fuel. LNG is simply safe, clean-burning natural gas that has been used in homes for over a century. In liquefied form, it provides a safe, portable fuel alternative like that being used for tractor trailers, city buses, cruise ships and ferry boats. LNG offers FEC the opportunity to improve its carbon footprint and reduce emissions for a cleaner environment in the communities we serve.

“As we continue to implement the latest equipment, processes and technology to improve our operations and overall sustainability, we simultaneously ensure the highest level of safety and reliability,” Chinnici says.

FEC plans to conduct similar training with other counties on Florida’s east coast in the days ahead.

— A Florida East Coast Railway news release. Dec. 26, 2017.
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