The Norfolk Southern team provides a menu of emergency response training options. If you are an emergency responder (including: fire department, law enforcement, emergency medical services, hazmat response team, emergency management personnel, military, homeland security personnel, shippers, and customers) and are interested in training, please contact us at  to provide you options in your community. Please review our training options below. All of the training options provided by Norfolk Southern are free to attendees.

In 2015, Norfolk Southern teamed with industry partner DuPont on 25 multiday training sessions using a DuPont training tank car. The tank car, moved to training locations by Norfolk Southern, offered emergency responders hands-on training with the type of car the industry uses to transport hazardous material, including lessons on tank car safety features.

In April 2016 Norfolk Southern put a dedicated safety train in service with a locomotive, 2 box car classrooms, 4 tank cars, and 2 specially equipped flat cars to provide hands-on training in place of the DuPont car

The training sessions include the following topics:

  • Safety on Railroad Property
  • Rail Shipping Documents
  • Rail Equipment Identification
  • Rail Tank Cars
  • Locomotive Fires
  • Flammable Liquid Unit Trains
  • Incident Response Procedures
  • Working with Railroad Officials
  • AskRail Mobile App

2018 NS HazMat Safety Train Dates

April 3-5 Hattiesburg, MS Download Invitation 
April 10-12  Meridian, MS Download Invitation 
April 17-19  Chattanooga, TN
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May 1-3  Danville, KY Download Invitation 
May 15-17  Ft. Wayne, IN Download Invitation 
May 22-24  Bellevue, OH Download Invitation 
May 30 - June 1 Kenova, WV Download Invitation
June 6-9  Baltimore, MD Download Invitation 
June 12-14 Chambersburg, PA Download Invitation
June 18-20  Charlotte, NC Download Invitation
June 23  Spencer, NC Download Invitation
July 10-12  Knoxville, TN Download Invitation
July 17-19 Mt. Vernon, IL Download Invitation
July 24-26   St. Louis, MO Download Invitation 
August 7-9 Moberly, MO Download Invitation
August 14-16 Decatur, IL Download Invitation 
August 28-30
Latrobe, PA
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September 5-7
Harrisonburg, VA
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September 10-14
Norfolk, VA
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September 25-27
Columbia, SC
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October 9-11
Valdosta, GA
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October 16-18
Columbus, GA
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October 23-25
McIntosh, AL
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The TRANSCAER® Program

Norfolk Southern works hard to ensure the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail. A key part of that effort is voluntary participation in the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response program, known as TRANSCAER®. At TRANSCAER®-related events in 2015, Norfolk Southern employees provided training for more than 4,792 emergency responders in 18 states to help communities across our network prepare for and safely respond to potential incidents involving rail transport of hazardous materials. Local first responders and government officials participated in classroom and hands-on training, table top simulations, and full-scale drills.

Achievement Award

At the International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazmat Conference in Baltimore, Norfolk Southern recently was presented the 2017 TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award for its efforts to help communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous materials transportation incidents.

During TRANSCAER® outreach events, NS supports communities across its rail network by training local emergency responders on how to prepare for and safely respond to potential rail-related incidents. The training includes information about rail safety precautions, railroad operations, initial-response procedures, and rail equipment. Many sessions include hands-on drills and training that uses rail equipment to simulate responses to emergency situations.

In 2017, NS employees in the Safety and Environmental Department provided training to 8,185 emergency responders during TRANSCAER® events held in 16 states on the company’s operating territory. A highlight of NS’ program is operation of the company’s safety train, which includes a locomotive, two training box cars, four tank cars, and two flat cars with intermodal containers and multiple valve arrangements for hands-on training to simulate leaks.

Norfolk Southern hazmat safety train recognized by Safe America Foundation

For its leadership in developing the safety train, Norfolk Southern has received a WorldSafe Award from the Safe America Foundation. The nonprofit, headquartered in Marietta, Ga., partners with corporate, government, and other nonprofits to improve public safety awareness and preparedness.

Safe America described the Travel Safety Award presented to NS as one of its most prestigious WorldSafe awards. NS was one of 14 companies, individuals, and organizations recognized by Safe America during a November 2016 banquet in Atlanta for their contributions to health and safety in the U.S. and globally. In addition to the safety train, NS was cited for its role in creating the AskRail mobile app, an industry safety tool that provides emergency responders immediate access to accurate, timely information about what type of hazmat a rail car is carrying.