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Pipeline Emergency Preparedness & Training: Case Study of a Petroleum Product Leak

On September 21, 2015 at 12:03 p.m. the Fairfax County Virginia 911 Center received a call reporting a gas odor emanating from a local restaurant in Centreville.
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Pipeline Emergency Response Tactics: Mitigating a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE)

On February 24, 1978, a propane tank car of a derailed Louisville and Northern railroad train exploded in Waverly, Tennessee resulting in sixteen fatalities (including the fire chief), forty-three injuries, sixteen destroyed buildings and twenty additional damaged structures.
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Overview of Pipeline Systems: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems

Thanks to sophisticated supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA systems, monitoring miles of natural gas or products pipelines is a much less daunting task.
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Keeping Pipelines Safe/ Practices & Protocols: Cathodic Protection

Steel, left to its own accord will seek to become the basic product known as iron oxide, or rust. Corrosion is an inherent problem in metals used in modes of transportation, such as pipelines.
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Best Practices

“I share The Responder with my LEPC and Fire Departments. I have attended many 811 and local pipeline operator-sponsored training meetings.”

““We continually work with our local first responders, LE, FD, EMS, LEPC, and OEM, to make sure we try and stay on top of training to help with our responses”. –Patrick Dooley, Rusk County OEM, Henderson, Texas

““I attend pipeline operator sponsored training. I also participate in hazmat exercises as part of the LEPC.”

Are You Prepared to Respond to a Pipeline Emergency? –Self Assessment

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First Responder Training Video Series

Learn how to safely and effectively respond to a pipeline emergency, how pipelines work, how different products impact response, response leading practices, how to better prepare to respond to pipeline incidents and roles in pipeline response. Videos feature interviews with pipeline and emergency response experts, covering a wide variety of emergency response disciplines. Videos available at


*CHEMM 2.0 guidance and reference materials

*New Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for airborne chemicals (AEGL) data from the EPA

*Data updates based on the last Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) content

*Protective distance “point into the wind” and more!

A set of WISER tutorial videos can be viewed here and videos can also be found in the training section of the NLM YouTube Channel.

NPMS Launches iPhone app for PIMMA

The National Pipeline Mapping System has launched an iPhone app for PIMMA. It can be accessed by searching for "pipeline information" on the App store. You will need your PIMMA username and password to use the PIMMA iPhone app. To access the National Pipeline Mapping System online and locate transmission pipelines in your area, please go to

Did you Know….

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