First-responders to receive railroad training

The CSX Safety Train: Emergency Response to Railroad Incidents, a mobile training facility, will be rolling into Columbus to provide hands-on safety training to local firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and other first-responders.

The Safety Train, which is equipped with a rolling classroom and specialized railroad equipment, is designed to teach first-responders how rail cars work and how to respond to incidents involving trains. Sponsored by the Louisville & Indiana Railroad Company and taught by CSX hazardous materials specialists and specialized contractors, the training provides first-responders with the information they need to be safe around active railroads, unique safety features of modern rail tank cars and specialized techniques for responding to railroad incidents involving hazardous materials. The Safety Train provides educational opportunities throughout the year along CSX’s 23-state network.

Capt. Mike Wilson, with the Columbus Fire Department, says that while local first-responders have received training for railroad incidents, this is a special opportunity…

Wilson says the train will be parked in the area of 983 South Marr Road on Monday and Tuesday, before heading to Seymour on Wednesday to for training with first-responders there.