Exercise For Rail Accident Preparedness In Orangeburg

Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco released details today regarding the emergency rail exercise that was conducted in Orangeburg Thursday evening. Many local safety agencies participated in the disaster scenario to gauge the county’s ability to respond to a rail accident in the event that a Bakken crude oil transport comes in contact with another vehicle or derails. Over 200 firefighters from Orangetown fire departments simulated a response to smoke and injured civilians with 40 volunteers posing as victims. The Orangetown Police department, Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services, Orangetown Office of Emergency Management, South Orangetown Ambulance Corps, along with assistance by the Nyack and Good Samaritan Hospitals created a realistic event which had been scheduled since the Spring to address the county’s readiness against crude oil accidents that have occurring throughout the country. Measures have been taken by state and local officials to reduce the volatility of the crude oil being transported, update aging train cars with thicker shells thermal protection and rollover safeguards, update train braking systems, and reduce the sometimes miles long length of train cars which could hold hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil. The rail exercise took place at the Highview Avenue grade crossing, one of many busy crossings throughout four of the five Rockland towns which the trains pass through.

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