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The Fusion Center is a free, voluntary, confidential and secure web-based portal that serves as a data and information network for hazmat teams, first responders, federal, state, and local agencies and the private sector. On this page, you’ll find resources to help improve your knowledge of and response to hazmat incidents.

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  • Pipeline_TC Energy

Priorities for Managing a Pipeline Incident

The document provides information on how to safely manage pipeline incidents.
  • EmergencyResponseGuidebook_2020

2020 Emergency Response Guidebook

The ERG is a go-to manual to help first responders with hazmat transportation accidents
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a federal public health agency.
  • ALOHA Software

ALOHA Software

Areal Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres (ALOHA)
  • Firefighter views the AskRail app on mobile phone

AskRail® App

Immediate access to accurate, timely data about what type of hazmat a railcar is carrying so responders can make informed decisions.
  • Rail cars derailed

Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT)

Training for response involving rail transportation of crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids.
  •  Explosive Materials

ATF - Commerce in Explosives: 2019 Annual List of Explosive Materials

Commerce in Explosives: 2019 Annual List of Explosive Materials
  • CAMEO 1280x720

CAMEO Chemical Database

Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO)
  • TX Cargo Ship 1280x720

Cargo Ship Disaster in Texas City (Lessons Learned)

Lessons learned from the Texas City Disaster
  • Patient transport

Chemical Suicide Response

Quick reference 2-pager and webinar that introduce chemical-assisted suicides, describe real-life examples, provide response guidance.
  • Toxic Chemicals

Chemicals Added to the Toxics Release Inventory Pursuant to Section 7321 of the National Defense Authorization Act

Chemicals Added to the Toxics Release Inventory
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CHEMTREC

Public service hotline where first responders can get information and help for emergency incidents involving chemicals and hazardous materials.
  • Class I Railroads

Class I-III Freight Rail Network

Reference info on private rail network including maps, company hazmat team contacts and more.
  • Carbon Dioxide

Dry Ice Safety Response (Carbon Dioxide) Response

A dry ice (Carbon Dioxide) Response guide.
  • Emergency Management and Response 1280x720

Emergency Management and Response - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (abstract)

Promotes critical infrastructure protection by sharing emerging threat information with emergency services sector departments and agencies.
  • Excavating and aerial of farmland

Emergency Response Guide for Excavators, Landowners & Farmers

TransCanada summary and tips for public safety and pipeline location and markers.
  • ERG 2016 1280x720

Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) and App

A go-to manual and app to help quickly identify emergency response procedures to deal with hazmat transportation accidents.
  • Computer Security

Enhancing Chemical Security During Heightened Geopolitical Tensions

Enhancing Chemical Security During Heightened Geopolitical Tensions
  • Ethanol 1280x720

Ethanol Fixed Facilities - Assessment and Guide

A guide for emergency response professionals in response to an ethanol emergency.
  • Steel Drum Barrel

Ethanol Safety and Steel Drum 101 Seminar Coming Davenport, IA - Don't Miss Out

There will be a Steel Drum 101 and Ethanol Safety Seminar training in Davenport, IA on March 4, 2020. ​
  • FEMA CBRN Office Chemical Responder Information Sheet 1280x720

FEMA CBRN Office | Chemical Responder Information Sheet

The ChemResponder Responder Network will provide an operational tool to collect, manage and share chemical data during an emergency.

FEMA CBRN Office | COSS Information Sheet

The COSS bridges response and chemical knowledge to minimize the impact of potential/actual incidents involving release of hazardous chemicals.
  • FEMA Releases COVID-19 Supplement to Planning Consideration: Evacuations and Shelter-in-Place

FEMA's COVID-19 Supplement for Planning Considerations Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place

This document contains job aids & checklists that jurisdictions can customize to meet their needs for all disasters regardless of scale.
  • Field Guide to Tank Cars AAR V2 1280x720

Field Guide to Tank Cars (AAR)

Types, safety systems, stenciling, and markings of tank cars that transport regulated (hazmat/dangerous goods) and nonregulated commodities.
  • Fire Department Pipeline Response, Emergency Planning, and  Preparedness Toolkit

Fire Department Pipeline Response, Emergency Planning, and Preparedness Toolkit

The NVFC is working with PHMSA to raise awareness and readiness levels within the volunteer fire and emergency response community.
  • Firefighter Hub

FirefighterHub of resources

FirefighterHub was created to be the home of all things fire.
  • FLUTRS 1280x720

Flammable Liquid Unit Trains Resource Sheet

Transportation rail incident preparedness & response fact sheet.
  • RFHHFTFoamApplication

Foam Application for High Hazard Flammable Train (HHFT) Fires

Report by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (2017)
  • Hazmat Pubs 1280x720

Fusion Center Meetings Presentations

Presentations from the National Hazmat Fusion Center Western Symposium
  • Counterfeit respirators warning

Guidance to Avoid Counterfeit Respirators

Resources to help departments avoid purchasing counterfeit respirators
  • Hydrogen H2 1280x720

H2Tools Portal

Online resource for response training, tools and networking around safety aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
  • Hazard Classification Expanded Guide 1280x720

Hazard Classification - Expanded Guide

Summarizes OSHA and U.S. DOT hazard classifications information.
  • Railcars after a derailment

Hazmat Fusion Center

A training, resources and info portal for hazmat teams; first responders; federal, state, and local agencies; and the private sector.
  • Hazmat Incident Guide (1)

Hazmat Incident Guidance for State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Sector Partners

Local governments are responsible for integrating hazardous materials planning and response within their jurisdictions.
  • Hazmat Res Org 1280x720

Hazmat Resource Organizations

Organizations who offer various Hazmat resources.
  • Hazmat Resource Publications 1280x720

Hazmat Resource Publications

Hazmat related publications
  • Historic Hazmat Cases 1280x720

Historical Hazmat Case Studies

Case studies illustrate lessons from the past to contribute to effective future response.
  • Chemical_Emergency_with_Hazmat_Suits

How to Better Prepare Your Community for a Chemical Emergency - A Guide for State, Tribal and Local Agencies

A guide for state, tribal and local agencies to prepare for chemical emergencies.
  • IAFC KnowledgeNet

IAFC KnowledgeNet

Discuss issues and solutions with other IAFC members online, share SOPs and other resources
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IAFC Letter to TSA on hazmat placards

Letter to the Transportation Security Administration regarding the issue of removing hazardous materials placards from rail cars...
  • IAFC Public Safety GIS Viewer wildfire, wind and weather map

IAFC Public Safety GIS Viewer

An interactive introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) for first responders and how it can assist daily operations.
  • Pipeline

Integrity Management Programs

Programs developed to maintain the integrity of High Consequence Areas (HCAs)
  • Toxic Chemicals

LEPC 101: Hazmat Materials Incidents- Guidance for State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Sectors

Provides state, local, tribal, and territorial officials with information and resources to improve resilience to hazardous materials incidents.
  • Transcaer Logo

LEPC 101: Liquified Compressed Gases - Why is white not always light?

Liquified Compressed Gases - Why is white not always light?
  • Red Truck Industry

LEPC 101: Nevada Hazardous Commodity Flow Study - August 2019

Nevada Hazardous Commodity Flow Study - August 2019
  • MARAD1280x720

Maritime Administration (MARAD)

MARAD balances the needs of safety, security, the environment and commercial mobility for water transport.
  • MARPLOT V2 1280x720

MARPLOT Software

Mapping Application for Response, Planning, and Local Operational Tasks (MARPLOT)
  • Model Procedures for Responding to a Package with Suspicion of a Biological Threat 1280x720

Model Procedures for Responding to a Package with Suspicion of a Biological Threat

A framework for first-arriving emergency personnel addressing suspicious letters, packages or containers.
  • National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center - Focus Groups Report 1280x720

National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center - Focus Groups Report

Summary report: Findings after focus groups conducted regarding Hazmat Fusion Center Needs.
  • National Hazmat Fusion Center Symposia Report, 2009 1280x720

National Hazmat Fusion Center Symposia Report, 2009

Report on the Eastern and Western Symposia, held by the Hazmat Fusion Center in 2009.
  • Pipeline

National Pipeline Mapping System

NPMS contains information about hazardous liquid and gas transmission pipelines under the jurisdiction of US DOT PHMSA.
  • NFPA Standards and Recommended Practices for Hazmat 1280x720

NFPA Standards and Recommended Practices for Hazmat

List of over 20 key, hazmat-related NFPA standards and recommended practices.
  • FEMA Community Lifelines

NIMS Alert 41-19: FEMA Releases Updated Guidance for Community Lifelines

FEMA Releases Updated Guidance for Community Lifelines
  • NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards 1280x720

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

Key information and data in abbreviated tabular form for 677 chemicals/substance groupings commonly found in the work environment.
  • Electric Vehicle

NTSB Final Report of Electric Vehicle Crash and Fire

The NTSB has completed its investigation of a fatal collision and post-crash fire of an electric vehicle.
  • Pipeline Flag

Overpressurization of Natural Gas Distribution System, Explosions, and Fires in Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts

A series of structure fires and explosions occurred in the northeast region of the Merrimack Valley in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • PFOA 3D model and foam

PFAS

Key info on PFAS chemicals that may be present in firefighting foam, potential health risks and actions being taken by state & local governments
  • PHMSA Safety Rules

PHMSA Adopts New Safety Rules for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

One of the key requirements is for inspections following extreme weather events:
  • Rail_LNG

PHMSA Proposes New Regulations Allowing LNG Transport by Rail

PHMSA is proposing changes to the Hazardous Materials Regulations to allow for the bulk transport LNG
  • Pipeline Incidents Safety Brief 1280x720

Pipeline Incidents Safety Brief

Signs of a potential pipeline leak and safety process.
  • Propane and Gas Safety in Flooding Conditions_ EMR-ISAC InfoGram, Nov. 2012 1280x720

Propane and Gas Safety in Flooding Conditions: EMR-ISAC InfoGram, Nov. 2012

Tips and resources for responding to incidents involving propane and gas in different circumstances.
  • Propane Emergencies 3rd Edition Book

Propane Emergencies 3rd Edition Book

Training materials to help emergency responders develop the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively manage a propane emergency
  • Resource

Protecting Communities from Chemical Accidents: Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act

Video on roles and requirements of EPCRA to maintain effective participation to protect communities from chemical accidents.
  • Rail Crossing Locator Mobile App 1280x720

Rail Crossing Locator Mobile App

Locates highway-grade crossings and other information (physical characteristics of a crossing, type of traffic control devices used, etc.).
  • KINGMAN AZ 1280x720

Rail Tank Car Incident in Kingman, AZ (Lessons Learned)

Lessons learned from this event Rail Tank Car Incident - Kingman, AZ
  • Regional Rail Response Training Course Resources 1280x720

Regional Rail Response Training Course Resources

Resources for students who have completed the IAFC Instructor Led Regional Rail Response Course.
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Rural Guide for Rail

Guidance toward working with your specific railroad to create or revise emergency response plans for a rail emergency.
  • explosive materials trucks 1280x720

Safety Brief - Explosive Cargo Trucks - Response Considerations

This briefing outlines the safe and proper response to roadway incidents involving the transport of commercial explosives.
  • bakken crude oil 1280x720

Safety Brief: Bakken Crude Oil - Rail Response Considerations

Hazmat Committee's briefing for IAFC members and other first responders regarding safety alerts for handling derailments, issued by PHMSA.
  • Derailed rail cars

Safety on Scene: Crude Oil Trains - What Fire Chiefs Need to Know

The safety on the scene of Crude Oil Trains – What Fire Chiefs Need to Know
  • secure now csx 1280x720

SecureNOW

Real-time, map-based geographical CSX train and rail car monitoring tool for homeland security and emergency management centers.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released Shelter-in-Place Pictogram Guidance for ten hazards and three building types

Shelter-in-Place Pictogram Guidance for ten hazards and three building types

FEMA released Shelter-in-Place Pictogram Guidance for ten hazards and three building types
  • respondercq_snapshot_screen_shot

Snapshot: Measuring Disaster Resilience and Response Capabilities with ResponderCQ

Measuring Disaster Resilience and Response Capabilities with ResponderCQ
  • Hazmat Technology for Rail Planning and Decision Making 1280x720

Summary: Hazmat Technology for Rail Planning and Decision Making

Ten free technologies for use in incident planning and decision making.
  • Chemical_Emergency_with_Hazmat_Suits

The Hidden Dangers in Firefighting Foam

The Hidden Dangers in Firefighting Foam
  • The National Association of State Fire Marshals

The National Association of State Fire Marshals

Training assist first responders to learn the techniques and skills to address a hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline incident.
  • Mining

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program

Explore a Metal Mine that Reports to the TRI Program
  • Train Derailment in Miamisburg, OH (Lessons Learned)

Train Derailment in Miamisburg, OH (Lessons Learned)

Lessons learned from the Miamisburg Ohio Train Derailment
  • Pipeline Incident Information Visor Card

TransCanada Pipeline Incident Information Visor Card

Use this Pipeline Incident Information Visor Card to record important information during pipeline incidents.
  • CSB Worker Digest_Collaboration Picture

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board: Safety Digest - The Importance of Worker Participation

This digest summarizes four CSB investigations where ineffective worker participation contributed to a major chemical incident.
  • White Paper on Data Standardization for Hazardous Materials Response

White Paper on Data Standardization for Hazardous Materials Response

The standardization of data transmission will allow for the advancement of data ingest products capable of digesting the large amounts of data.
  • Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)

WISER

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)