FIRE, EMS & LAW ENFORCEMENT
November 29, 2006
RPS Training Room, Birmingham Hwy
The Graniteville Train Wreck
On December 26, 2004, the world's attention was focused on the Indian
Ocean Tsunami. During that same period of time, the deadliest U.S.
train wreck of its kind since 1978 occurred in a South Carolina mill
town called Graniteville. This case study focuses on what happened
when a Toxic Industrial Chemical (TIC) was released on a rural
community. Come see why most TICs are transported in rail tank cars
and these shipments represent 50% of the overall costs of railroad
"What happened to our neighbors a few miles across the Savannah River
had the effect of the detonation of a weapon of mass destruction"
said Mayor Bob Young, Augusta, Georgia. For five days after the
train wreck, the TIC's concentration exceeded the upper limits of the
monitoring equipment being used by emergency responders. What
effect do you think the TIC had on the people of Graniteville?
This four-hour presentation will explore that and:
What can a community do to prepare for an incident like this?,
Should the population at risk be sheltered in place, or evacuated in
an incident like Graniteville?,
What type of command structure should be established to handle an
incident like this?, and
How does a TIC incident compare to a terrorist act involving the
release of a chemical agent?
This presentation will be made by
Mr. Lynch retired as the fire chief of Irondale, Alabama. He has
been an emergency responder since 1974 and has extensive CBRNE
assessment, planning, and response experience.
This is for FIRE, EMS and LAW ENFORCEMENT ! ! !
APOST credit (4 hours) will be awarded.