Enbridge on Wednesday
launched an online portal to offer free, customized pipeline
emergency training to first responder organizations located
along Enbridge's more than 50,000 miles of onshore pipelines
comprising several pipeline networks in the US and
The program material is based on Pipeline Emergencies, an
industry-leading pipeline emergency response training program
developed by the National Association of State Fire Marshals
The NASFM materials were adapted to provide information
specific to pipelines operated by Enbridge.
"While our overarching goal continues to be zero incidents,
Enbridge believes that, as prudent pipeline operators and
responsible neighbors, we must take the extra step to reach out
to emergency response organizations located near our North
American pipelines to offer specific information about the
products we transport and the most effective tactics for
responding to a pipeline emergency," said Steve Wuori,
president of Enbridge Liquids Pipelines.
The online training program features 3-D, interactive
graphics to help first responders better visualize response to
pipeline incidents. Content includes the basics of natural gas
and crude oil pipeline operations, how to safely handle
products transported by pipelines, including those operated by
Enbridge, pipeline emergency response tactics and pipeline
"The real value of the Enbridge online pipeline emergency
training, which is provided at no cost to emergency responders,
is that it provides relevant, accurate information about all
pipelines as well as specific information about the products
transported in Enbridge's natural gas, crude oil and gas
liquids pipelines," said Mark Maki, president
of Enbridge Energy Partners.
Since December 2012, more than 8,000 emergency response
agencies in the US and Canada have been provided with
access to the online program. Additionally, in 2013, Enbridge
will roll-out an in-person outreach component of the program
targeting 911 dispatch centers covering the areas in which the
company operates, as well as fire departments in close
As of April 19, 438 emergency responders, Enbridge employees,
and other interested parties have registered to access the
online training, according to the company, with 186 having
completed the training.
"The National Association of State Fire Marshals is pleased
to work with Enbridge and the pipeline industry to provide
responders with the knowledge they need to be safe when
responding to a pipeline incident," said Philip Oakes,
natiuonal program director and trainer for the NASFM.
"Thanks to Enbridge's commitment to safety and the use of the
best-in-class pipeline emergencies curriculum, responders have
the information and training needed to be prepared for such an
event," he added.
Information on accessing the training program can be
obtained by sending an email to USpublicawareness@enbridge.com or Cdnpublicawareness@enbridge.com. More
information about Enbridge's outreach to emergency responders
can be found at the company's website.