The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has entered into a memorandum of understanding with CSX Transportation, which will allow PEMA to share operational information regarding the movement of hazardous materials in the state.
CSX Transportation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation suppliers. The company provides rail-based transportation services and operates facilities in Harrisburg and Chambersburg.
As part of the three-year agreement, PEMA staff will be granted access to the CSX computer network that tracks rail movement. Authorized PEMA staff will be trained by CSX personnel on how to operate the system.
“This agreement will further enhance our commitment to protecting public safety,” said PEMA Director Glenn Cannon in a statement. “With direct access to the company’s information, it greatly increases the ability of Pennsylvania Emergency Management to prepare for and respond to rail incidents.”
The agreement, along with other efforts such as the hazardous material emergency preparedness grant program and grant funding for specialized firefighting training, helps local communities increase their level of emergency preparedness, PEMA said in a news release.
CSX maintains nearly 2,000 miles of track and 1,740 public and private grade crossings while employing 960 people in Pennsylvania.
A copy of the CSX agreement can be found under the “forms and documents” section on the PEMA website.