Last night, Congress passed a resolution introduced by Senator Capito that recognizes the incredible work of the TRANSCAER® program in helping communities prepare and respond to a potential transportation incident involving hazardous materials.
While congressional resolutions can be fairly common, TRANSCAER is a truly unique program. Last year alone, the program helped more than 50,000 emergency responders through hands-on training, emergency planning assistance, support for community drills and exercises, technical information and reference, and training materials. The program has been going strong since 1986 and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
A key component to the success of the program is the volunteers that provide their time and other resources to work with communities across the country. While every one of the volunteers is a superstar, TRANSCAER recently awarded select individuals, companies, and organizations that went above and beyond their support of the program.
TRANSCAER is also very fortunate to have national partners that provide invaluable support, including the National Volunteer Fire Council, U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Office, U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration.
We are very grateful to Senator Capito for recognizing TRANSCAER and to Congress for expressing their support for a program that has been helping keep emergency responders and communities safe for three decades.