Emergency Response Resources
Listed below is a collection of training and resource materials intended to provide firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians and other first responders the information they need to safely respond to a pipeline emergency. These materials are not intended to provide information on the physical or chemical properties of the products transported through the pipelines, nor should they be considered a substitute for emergency response training, knowledge or sound judgment. Rather, this list of resources contains information that will help you make decisions about how to best protect your emergency response, the public, property and the environment during a pipeline incident.
Resources & Training Materials
|Pipeline Emergency Response Guidelines
In the unlikely event of an emergency near or involving a pipeline, it is critical you know how to respond and are prepared to work together with the pipeline representatives. PAPA’s Emergency Response Guidelines were created to provide a concise, yet complete, resource for reference prior to and during a pipeline emergency.
|Pipeline Emergency Response Videos
Use this series of Pipeline Emergency Response videos to supplement your knowledge about the pipelines in your community. Through the videos you’ll learn to recognize issues concerning public safety, hazards and risk communication. You’ll also learn about strategic considerations when responding to a pipeline release in your community. The video is divided into segments that focus on Community Awareness, Communication and Preparedness; Pipeline Integrity; Recognizing and Identifying Pipeline Releases; and Incident Response Guidelines.
|Pipeline Emergency Scenarios
PAPA collaborated with Callan and Company to create online drills and scenarios for Emergency Responders. The website is designed to help emergency responders become familiar with the components of the emergency response guidelines and other training available before they are called to respond to a pipeline emergency. The site helps you test and apply your knowledge using scenarios for various pipeline emergency situations. Scenarios are available for different types of response agencies and possible emergencies and are updated regularly.
|Responding to Utility Emergencies– Online Course
Emergency responders are typically first on the scene when utilities are damaged. This web site is designed to help first responders recognize potential hazards involving natural gas and the necessary guidelines to assure their safety and that of the general public. Training involves tracks for both Fire/Rescue and Law Enforcement.
|Pipeline Awareness Newsletter
PAPA’s Pipeline Awareness Newsletter, released annually, provides articles to educate public officials about pipeline safety and awareness. Click here to read the articles online. Click here to download a .pdf version.
|Evacuation Distance Guidelines for Natural Gas|
|PHMSA’s Emergency Response Guidebook
The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), published by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), includes response tips and product-specific reference information and is designed for emergency responders who may be the first to arrive at a scene involving a hazardous material. In addition to the printed and .pdf versions, mobile versions are also available for Blackberry and iPhone users.
|National Pipeline Mapping System|
|Join the Pipeline Safety Email List
Receive updates about pipeline safety by signing up for Pipelineawareness News.
|NASFM’s Pipeline Safety Programs
The National Association of State Fire Marshal’s (NASFM) offers a comprehensive, integrated emergency response training program designed to teach emergency responders and pipeline industry personnel to safely respond, and effectively manage, pipeline incidents. The training program, called Pipeline Emergencies, is intended to produce significant safety results in terms of industry, public safety and improved emergency response tactics. Learn more about Pipeline Emergencies. Learn more about the National Association of State Fire Marshal’s Safe Energy and Transportation program.
|Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)
WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information and containment and suppression advice.