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Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:23

Mobile App Takes the Hazmat Guesswork out of Responding to Train Emergencies

Charles Werner remembers back to 1978 when as a new Charlottesville, Va., firefighter he came upon an incident involving a train in the heart of the city.

This train had been leaking carbon disulfide while running on the outskirts of Charlottesville and the conductor thought he’d just guide it into town and park it close to where the fire station was. Unfortunately, as the train arrived in Charlottesville, the leaking carbon disulfide caught fire from sparks from the train’s breaks.

Werner said it took 24 hours to get the leak and fire contained and a good portion of that time was spent getting information on what exactly was leaking and what the hazards were. If that were to happen today, Werner and all other fire service personnel and other first responders could have access to the train’s contents in minutes with the AskRail mobile app.