Transparency and Training: Preparing our First Responders for Emerging Threats and Hazards, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, March 25, 2014 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is from the March 25, 2014 hearing on, "Transparency and Training: Preparing our First Responders for Emerging Threats and Hazards," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Mark Begich: "We are here to examine the challenges posed to first responders by the transportation of hazardous materials over the road and rail and to discuss the opportunities that exist to train emergency response officials for this emerging hazard. […] As the demand for domestic energy production continues to grow, so does the risk to the Nation's transportation infrastructure, including railroads and major transportation corridors that run through cities and small communities across the country. While this boom in production and demand is good for business, those who live and work along heavily trafficked transport routes must be assured their first responders are equipped and trained to address the incidences that may occur. […] According to the Association of American Railroads' (AAR) Annual Report on Hazardous Materials, crude oil shipments by rail have increased more than 400 percent since 2005. The first responder community must prepare for any scenario and must be equipped and trained to respond to emerging threats driven by population growth or economic forces. Yesterday marked 25 years since the Exxon Valdez disaster affected residents, businesses, and wildlife throughout my own home State of Alaska. This disaster required a response from every level of government as well as the private sector and volunteer organizations. Events like this show the vital importance of local response and emphasizes the need to adapt to threats that emerge." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mike King, Tim McLean, and Lisa A. Stabler.
S. Hrg. 113-317; Senate Hearing 113-317
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