LEPC 101: What is an LEPC and Why is it Important

The International Association of Fire Chiefs was awarded the Community Safety Grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, (PHMSA) to conduct national outreach and training programs to assist communities in enforcing hazardous materials regulations and preparing for and responding to accidents and incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials, including Class 3 flammable liquids in emergency incidents, especially in rural areas.

The trusted voices of fire departments, local emergency planners and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) will lead this message. The community safety grant assists these groups with education, tools and resources to implement emergency planning, response and outreach within their communities. The IAFC interviewed LEPC members as part of the resources to provide to communities.

This is the first of a series of short videos and roundtable discussions featuring members of LEPCs throughout the country. In this video, Assistant Chief Bob Royall, of the Harris County Texas Fire Marshall's Office begins the series with an overview of the LEPC and its importance.  

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