BNSF takes safety very seriously and helping our first responders train is a big part of that effort. This year, BNSF conducted a cold-water boom deployment drill on the Kootenai River in Idaho with first responders in addition to providing a safety briefing to the Kootenai County Local Emergency Planning Committee. In September, BNSF will be with Bonner County, local first responders, and the Montana Rail Link to perform some boom deployment training to practice the new Lake Pend Oreille Geographic Response Plan.
Idaho isn’t the only state where this valuable training is given. In the past 5 years, BNSF has trained a lot of first responders on how to respond to hazardous materials.
- Idaho: 406 trainees
- Oregon: 695 trainees
- Washington: 4,099 trainees