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Coming Soon – TRANSCAER® developing VR experience for first responders

Development is well underway on a new virtual reality (VR) experience of the CCPX 911 safety training tank car.  This VR experience is designed to provide first responders familiarization and awareness with railway equipment, emergency response and safety procedures, and the transportation of dangerous goods.

Developed in partnership with CIAC members and partners, the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada under the Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) the VR experience will deliver more interactive training at conferences and outreach events where the presence of an actual tank car would be difficult or impractical. The tour will also be made available online for all users to access on demand.  This is the first component of the exciting projects we have planned through this RSIP partnership.  So, stay tuned and look for the virtual reality training at our next TRANSCAER event or online soon!

Nominations for TRANSCAER® awards open until Feb. 28

Do you know an exceptional individual whose contributions to TRANSCAER® Canada have been instrumental to the program’s success? We want to hear from you!

Awards are available in three categories: Distinguished Service, National Achievement and Regional Achievement.

Led by CIAC and the Railway Association of Canada, TRANSCAER® members work with municipalities, emergency responders, and residents in communities along transportation routes to make sure they are informed about the products being moved through their area and prepared to respond to potential incidents involving dangerous goods.

Nominations close February 28. Please fill out your nomination here.

TRANSCAER® members and partners ensure the Safety Train makes it home

On January 22, Joe Caponio of ERCO Worldwide put a call out to the Ontario Regional TRANSCAER® Committee for help in getting the beloved Safety Train, the CCPX 911, to its new home at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario.

While the CCPX 911 can no longer tour across the country each year as a premier training tool at TRANSCAER outreach events, the car’s one-of-a-kind design will continue to be leveraged to instruct first responders at FESTI on how to prepare for and respond to transportation incidents involving dangerous goods.

Due to an irreparable crack on the body of the car, it was retired in early 2018 and is no longer able to travel on the rails. After many months of problem-solving, planning and organizing, Mr. Caponio and FESTI Fire Chief and Instructor David Clarke worked together to come up with an alternate transportation solution to move the CCPX 911 from Windsor to Mississauga. The CCPX 911 will make the journey secured to a semi-trailer truck and transported to FESTI by road.

Only four days after of Mr. Caponio’s announcement, several CIAC members and TRANSCAER partners pitched in more than enough funds to relocate the Safety Train. Phil Bott, Division Chief at FESTI, was grateful for CIAC’s members’ immediate action and their willingness to support the Safety Train’s new life, stating: “Your work is greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.”

This is another great example of Responsible Care® in action. A big thank you to all those that helped make it happen!

  • National Silicates
  • Blachford
  • GFL
  • Seaboard Transport
  • ERCO Worldwide
  • BASF
  • Harold Marcus Ltd
  • ERAC
  • CIAC

TRANSCAER® Safety Train retires after nearly 30 years

After nearly three decades of providing a unique backdrop for municipalities, emergency responders and residents to learn about the transportation of dangerous goods from TRANSCAER members, TRANSCAER’s safety train, the CCPX911, was officially retired on March 28.

Upon arrival in Windsor, Ontario for one of the first TRANCSAER outreach events of 2018, an inspection identified a fatal crack on the tank car that could not be repaired.

The TRANSCAER Safety Train is a railway tank car that was converted into a classroom on wheels in 1990 to train emergency responders. It was the first training car of its kind in Canada – a concept that has since been adopted by other organizations across North America and around the world.

The safety train travelled across Canada, making stops in communities where dangerous goods travel. By travelling to communities, TRANSCAER established partnerships between manufacturers, distributors, carriers, emergency responders, government agencies and residents – an important first step in preparing for any transportation emergency.

CIAC, the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and their members and partners were responsible for creating and maintaining the CCPX 911 over the years. The CIAC owned the CCPX 911 until three years ago when it was transferred to the RAC.

Committee members will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss next steps for evolving the safety train program. Stay tuned for an update.

More on the Safety Train’s last event in Windsor, Ontario.

A short video on TRANSCAER and the launch of the safety train

First TRANSCAER Award winners recognized by their colleagues and peers

The winners of the very first TRANSCAER® Awards were announced April 10 at the National TRANSCAER Committee meeting in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

The Executive Committee was very pleased with the number and quality of the nominations recognizing the achievements of those involved in TRANSCAER.

TRANSCAER stakeholders can nominate an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the program in one of three award categories: distinguished service, national achievement, and regional achievement.

Randy Mak, National and Prairie Region TRANSCAER Chair, received top honours with the Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes long-term and sustained dedication to the TRANSCAER initiative that foster growth, recognition or enhancement of this important initiative.

CIAC congratulates all winners in their outstanding achievements and commitment to transportation safety.

  1. Randy Mak (Dow Chemical) – Distinguished Service
  2. Dan Moore (Retired) – National Achievement
  3. Craig McCaskey (Retired) – National Achievement
  4. Andy Ash (RAC) – Regional Achievement
  5. Dustin Ritter (CP Rail) – Regional Achievement
  6. James Martin (CP Rail) – Regional Achievement
  7. Darlene Nagy (CP Rail) – Regional Achievement
  8. Curtis Myson (RAC) – Regional Achievement
  9. Chuck Obst (INEOS) – Regional Achievement
  10. Jean-Pierre Couture (RAC) – Regional Achievement Award
  11. Adrian Michielsen (IMPERIAL) – Regional Achievement

Visit our site for more information or to nominate someone for the 2018 TRANSCAER Awards

CIAC tells Transportation Minister to not pick winners and losers

Chemistry sector impacted by rail service issues, Globe and Mail

In an article published March 22, Bob Masterson, President and CEO of the CIAC, expressed concern on how inadequate rail service in Canada has recently disrupted production at 13 plants.

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, a backlog at two major railways, Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway Co., has led to chemical, forestry, and energy shippers losing significant business this winter due to the inability to move their products in a timely and efficient way.

In the article, Mr. Masterson noted that the chemistry and other sectors have advised the federal transportation minister to rebuff requests for mandatory requirements for railways to provide preferential treatment for grain shipper. He told the Globe and Mail that it is not helpful to pit shippers against each other and that the focus needs to be on addressing systemic issues that have led to the situation at hand.

CIAC has been a strong advocate for the prompt passage of Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, as a key means of beginning to address the systemic issues of rail service and congestion.

CIAC does however, see opportunities to further strengthen the Bill, which is currently before the Senate Committee, by giving the Canadian Transportation Agency the power to initiate investigations on its own and providing more transparent data in one of the few possible remedies available to shippers.

Read the full Globe and Mail article (subscription required) Chemical, mining industries say backlog causing plant shutdowns, lost sales 

For more on the CIAC’s position: Rail shipping crunch prompts ministerial intervention but doesn’t go far enough to rectify the underlying challenges for chemistry producers

CIAC collaborates with Ontario stakeholders to enhance transportation safety

On Tuesday, March 20, CIAC participated on a multi-industry panel organized by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The panel also included representatives from the Ontario Trucking Association, Responsible Distribution Canada and the Canadian Fuels Association.

Held in Toronto, the panel was organized in response to concerns from municipal leaders of towns along Ontario’s arterial highway 401 following several high-profile incidents last year – including a multiple vehicle collision on March 14, 2017 involving a transport truck carrying fluorosilicic acid. The goal of the panel and workshop was to help inform an advisory group that has been tasked with identifying potential solutions to improve the safety of transportation of dangerous goods by road, especially in inclement weather.

As leaders in the safe transportation of dangerous goods, CIAC provided insight into current collaborative initiatives underway such as TRANSCAER® and TEAP® III to better inform and enhance the group’s transportation safety recommendations and policies. The workshop was well received by the various stakeholders and speaks to the importance of working collaboratively to find solutions.

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