TransCanada and the International Association of Fire Chiefs
(IAFC) have started a four-year partnership aimed at improving
pipeline safety awareness for firefighters and emergency
responders across the United States and Canada.
An $825,000 donation from TransCanada to the IAFC to fund
the partnership will be announced at the IAFC Fire Rescue
International Conference and Expo at the Sheraton Chicago.
"Safety is priority one for both TransCanada and the IAFC
and so this partnership will be a significant benefit to our
employees, IAFC's members and ultimately the communities we do
business in, said Vern Meier," TransCanada's vice president for
pipeline safety and Ccmpliance.
"This partnership will result in further improvements to the
availability of high quality training and awareness materials
for pipelines targeting emergency responders and firefighters.
In the unlikely event of an incident, TransCanada employees and
first responders have clearly-defined roles to help protect the
public and the environment, and this partnership will enable us
to have a unified approach and a consistent response before,
during and after any incidents."
The partnership will focus on improving the availability of
high-quality online training programs for energy and pipeline
safety, encompassing incident prevention and response along
with development of toolkits to be used by first responders,
which will include fact sheets, talking points, safety guides
and information on prevention efforts and IAFC involvement in
TransCanada's regional emergency response field exercises for
departments located near company assets.
"Fire departments have many tools they use to keep their
communities safe, but among the most vital are training
and the collaboration of community stakeholders, said Hank
Clemmensen, IAFC president. "For 140 years, the IAFC has been a
champion of fire department training and education, making sure
responders stay out in front of the changes in the built
environment and local infrastructure.
"The IAFC is pleased to bring our expertise in responder fuels
training to this partnership with TransCanada to develop
high-quality educational programs, and build relationships that
support the safety of communities."