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New Pipeline Preparedness Toolkit for Fire Departments

Posted: Aug.12, 2021

A new toolkit from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) helps fire departments conduct pre-incident planning, increase preparedness and improve response to pipeline incidents.

Many emergency services agencies across the country have a liquid or gas pipeline running through their response area but may be unaware of the risks associated with pipelines.

To assist the volunteer fire service community, the NVFC partnered with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to create the Fire Department Pipeline Response, Emergency Planning, and Preparedness (FD PREPP) Toolkit PDF. The toolkit provides resources to help fire departments conduct pre-incident planning, increase preparedness and improve response. It includes:

  • Pre-planning resources for a pipeline incident.
  • Consensus standards and regulations relevant to responding to pipeline emergencies, including links to pre-filled Incident Command System (ICS) forms PDF for developing pipeline Incident Action Plans.
  • Training programs with links to free training videos covering essential topics.
  • Job aids to guide first responders through all aspects of a response to a pipeline incident.

The resources are adaptable to meet department needs and help to build on strengths, identify and recognize gaps in training and equipment, and formulate standards-based solutions to address shortcomings.

This article is based on content in the
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