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Airdrie residents can breathe easy

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  |  Posted: Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 11:13 am

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We are glad to see the Federal government announce new regulations that mandate rail companies to share information about the cargo on trains with the municipalities the locomotives run through. (See story on page 3).

As Mayor Peter Brown mentioned, this will allow Airdrie’s first responders and City staff to effectively coordinate emergency response plans and be better prepared for potential complications that come with having a railway in the middle of a city.

Although train accidents are rare, we remember the derailment of 30 cars of a CP Rail train just north of Airdrie in August of 2010.

The accident caused a number of homes in the area to be put on evacuation notice when it was determined the locomotive’s cars contained anhydrous ammonia.

The City’s response to this incident was fast, efficient and well-planned.

Within minutes of the call, crews were on scene assessing the damage, ensuring the safety of those on the train and evacuating three nearby farms.

Staff quickly set up Emergency Operations Centres at various locations around the city to inform residents of the latest developments.

Although the City’s response to the incident three years ago was fantastic, these new regulations will literally help Airdronians breathe easier as they give the staff at the municipality even more information to work with.

It is nice to see different levels of government working together to protect the safety of citizens.


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