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Pipeline Emergency Preparedness & Training: Overview of the NVFC/PHMSA FD PREPP Toolkit

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recognized the need to raise awareness and readiness for first responders regarding pipeline emergencies.
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Pipeline Emergency Response Tactics: Tailboard Scenario –Responding to a CO2 Incident

A front has passed through the area resulting in a significant temperature change. Its 7:00 on a Friday morning, and patchy fog is prevalent in the area.
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Overview of Pipeline Systems: Overview of Underground Natural Gas Storage

Natural gas is one of the most widely used fossil fuels and is critical in meeting our country’s energy needs.
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Pipeline Emergency Response Tactics: Overview of Pipeline Safety Measures and Systems

Pipelines are the safest way to transport our nation’s energy, but most people may not be aware of operators’ multi-layered approach to pipeline safety.
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Best Practices

“Our preparedness focus has been on updating our Local Emergency Operations Plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan to address changes in the operating environment and using them to drive training and mitigation strategies.”

“Our department attended a pipeline emergencies training with other local departments at the Kinder Morgan Claysville/Cumberland compressor station.”- Alan Killian, Cumberland VFD, Cumberland, OH

““We hold weekly HAZMAT drills and include regional response partners, a couple of these drills each year include pipeline response scenarios.”

““We attend local operator-sponsored training meetings, and are active in our local LEPC.” – John Cole, El Paso County OEM, Colorado Springs, CO

April is Safe Digging Month!

Please help us spread the word and reduce the risk of excavation damage. If you are planning to dig or excavate, or notice any activities along a pipeline right-of-way, please call 811!

PAPA Response Scenarios

The Pipeline Association for Public Awareness has developed nine scenarios for emergency responders tailored to pipeline incidents. To access these free scenarios, go to:

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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


WISER 5.2 Update Release Includes:

*CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST) 2.0

*Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

*Many smaller updates and bug fixes

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….

811811 is the nationally recognized number to notify utilities of pending excavation activity so that utilities can properly locate underground assets. Locating services are free. Help us spread the word for safety ...Call 811 before you dig!


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