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senate Bill S. 546

Do First Responders Need Special Training To Handle Train Disasters?

Argument in favor

This bill provides extra training to better prepare emergency responders to handle rail-related emergencies. As these keep happening, this training is necessary to minimize damage.

Cary's Opinion
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04/08/2015
If we also ensure that those being trained will be the actual responders then yes, otherwise it seems like preparing to clean up spilt milk.
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Paul's Opinion
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03/23/2015
The rail cars need to be made safer, without a single doubt in my mind. Until legislators shake the influence of big business and make said railcars safer, this training is critically necessary
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chaos986's Opinion
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03/23/2015
We need to make the trains safer, but that takes time. Until then we need to prepare for disaster.
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Argument opposed

Train crashes keep happening. So, maybe we should try and make them safer rather than spending all this money preparing for wrecks? It’s not like they’re inevitable.

matthewhjacobsen's Opinion
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03/23/2015
As an EMT an former volunteer firefighter, I can easily say we have enough federally mandated "special" training. This more excess from politicians trying to act like they're doing something.
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Ann's Opinion
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03/25/2015
I worked in EMS for 20 years - we do not need to spend more money on a specific emergency. . . we have special teams in place for that and money would be better spent on helping defray costs for routine training.
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ark4162's Opinion
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03/23/2015
Not the federal gov's business. Leave it to the states
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bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 16th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed November 29th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • The senate Passed May 9th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 24th, 2015

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    If we also ensure that those being trained will be the actual responders then yes, otherwise it seems like preparing to clean up spilt milk.
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    As an EMT an former volunteer firefighter, I can easily say we have enough federally mandated "special" training. This more excess from politicians trying to act like they're doing something.
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    I worked in EMS for 20 years - we do not need to spend more money on a specific emergency. . . we have special teams in place for that and money would be better spent on helping defray costs for routine training.
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    Not the federal gov's business. Leave it to the states
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    It'll be more efficient if we were to spend scarce our federal tax dollars in making our rails safer, than on training people to deal with wrecks.
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    Does anybody in D.C. know how first responders are trained? My guess is, like every other topic that affects us outside the D.C. area, the answer is a big NO! You don't know because you are not first responders. Until then, don't tell us how to do our jobs!
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    All of the EMT's on here say it's not needed.
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    Isn't this already done? First responders already train in HAZMAT handling whether it's a train, truck or barge.
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    Improve safety within the rail system.
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    We need to make the trains safer, but that takes time. Until then we need to prepare for disaster.
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    First need to understand why they occur to fix the cause not the result.
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    We need to improve the infrastructure to prevent crashes..it creates jobs makes us more competitive and overall is better than closing the barn door after the livestock has escaped mentality
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    The rail cars need to be made safer, without a single doubt in my mind. Until legislators shake the influence of big business and make said railcars safer, this training is critically necessary
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    Trauma is trauma, no special federally mandated TRAINing is necessary.
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    Definitely. Every scenario, train, boat, plane auto, etc. have their own signature hazards that training would prepare the First Responder to be aware of. The less the training, the greater the likelihood of avoidable injuries.
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    First responders already have training in vehicle accidents. This already covers most bases when it comes to train derailment. This money would be better spent elsewhere.
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    Funds better spent on prevention of wrecks than on training when it does happen. Besides, I would think that the emergency training of the personnel would include this already.
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    Trains offer unique scenarios for fire/rescue/ first responders. These are the people that save our lives and when approaching a non-routine rescue, I want them to be able to save as many as possible because they had the training they needed.
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    You would not need more training if congress did its job and fixed the infrastructure as promised in most of your campaign speeches
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    Fix the damn train system!
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