LEPC Meeting Minutes

April 7, 2010

Present:  Tony Rohrwasser and Wesley Portroy - SBFD; Bob Graham - Emergency Management; Jay Baker and Sue Welch - BHS-ID; Barry

Coleman - LDS Church;  Chet Savage - PVFD; Brad Lowther - HMVFD; Patrick Brady - BNSF; Emma Fields and Leatha Lockart - Red Cross;

Pat Warkentin - BFFD; Ken English - MSVFD; Ken Baker - BVA; Tish Lagerwey - CBP-OFO; John Youngwirth - BF; David McClelland, Greg

Sprungl, Rich Stephens - BC Sheriff;  Arthur Putnam - ARES-AEC; Tina Wilson - NIPIN-BCCH; Deanna Galbraith - BCCH; Chris Schenck -

Idaho State Police; Kevin Greenleaf - Kootenai Tribe; Darrel Kirking - PHD; John Moss - CCVFD.

 Next meeting: May 5, 2010 0800, Boundary County Courthouse Extension Office

I.       Announcements: Tony Rohrwasser brought the meeting to order at 0800.

II.      Pat Brady, BNSF Railway Safeway, Hazmat Transport

      A. Detailed information is available in a PowerPoint Slide Show - http://www.boundarycountyfire.com/caer2010nopics.shtml 

         1. Requires MS-PowerPoint or equivalent to view
         2. Includes most, but not all, of the pictures displayed at the LEPC presentation
         3. Download time based on 7.5M file size

      B. At a railroad crossing you will see an identifying railroad marker. In case of a stalled vehicle or other emergency:

         1. You cannot always identify the railroad by the color of the engine

         2. At each crossing you will find an identifying sign
            i  Contains the DOT Crossing Number
            ii Contains the emergency contact number (800) 832-5452

         3. Locate the Railroad Mile Post Number (along the nearby track)

      C. Hazardous Material Transportation

         1. An accident (derail or collision) may cause hazardous material to be released

         2. A non-accident (mechanical malfunction) may cause hazardous material to be released

         3. The Railroad does not own the cars, but facilitate transportation of goods and materials belonging to others

         4. Releases do occur
            i   Statistically, the release occurrence is approximately 90 out of 1 million shipments
            ii  5% of all materials are hazardous
            iii Shipments are made in 2-gallon, 5-gallon, up to 55-gallon containers
            iv  Shipping by rail is safer because
                a don't share the road
                b railroads maintain their own right-of-way
            v   Railroads are a 'Common Carrier' and must offer competitive shipping rates for moving hazardous material
            vi  Accident rates are extremely low

      D. The Resource Operation Center (ROC) is the hub for communication

         1. Accept and relay information from the engineer at the accident scene

         2. It can take 15 minutes before ROC is notified of accident details
            i   A train can be up to and more than a mile in length
            ii  The engineer must walk the scene to determine the extent of the accident

         3. Railroad has several Responder locations
            i   Closest to Bonners Ferry - Spokane, Pasco, Washington, Montana
            ii  Response units are contractors, using ICS/NIMS to manage the event
            iii Communication number (800) 832-5452
            iv  The train crew maintains a train list (identifying content by car)
            v   Each tank car carries a placard identifying contents

      E. Training is available; the Community responsibilities at an accident scene include:
         1. Identifying the Train list and Shipping papers
         2. Identifying the placards (contents) of cars
         3. Providing equipment
         4. Provide an incident assessment (using ICS/NIMS)

      F. BNSF does provide Grants for Hazmat Equipment

III.     Sue Welch, Bureau of Homeland Security, Idaho - Tabletop Exercise Review

      A. Executive Summary - 'Staying on Track' - Tabletop Exercise

         1. Purpose: test Boundary County's capabilities involving a WMD and Hazardous Materials Decontamination incident. Agencies involved:

            i   US Department of Customs and Border Protection
            ii  Boundary County Office of Emergency Management
            iii Boundary County Sheriff's Department
            iv  Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security

         2. Objectives:

            i   Awareness of Federal/State Capabilities
            ii  On-site Incident Management Interface
            iii Threat Detection
            iv  Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place
            v   Communications

         3. Evaluations addressed:
            i   Major Strengths
            ii  Primary Areas for Improvement

      B. A detailed Improvement Plan was distributed, which includes:
         1. Capability (Description of Plan Event, what exactly needs to be done)
         2. Capability Element (e.g., Planning, Training)
         3. Primary Responsible Agency
         4. Agency Point of Contact (Named Individual)
         5. Start and Completion Dates for each plan item

      C. Overall the exercise was successful. Additional exercises will follow the guidelines provided in the distributed Improvement Plan.

IV.      Arthur Putnam, ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services), AEC - Recap
      A. March 31 - E-Spotter training with NWS - 18 attendees
      B. VOIP - enhancement added to Local Amateur Repeater
      C. MOU - Memorandum of Understanding updated and in place with most Agencies.
         1. Hope to review with Sheriff's Department soon.
         2. Now in place at the National level
         3. Background checks for volunteers needed
      D. FEMA - some members have completed ICS training; more are encouraged to do so
      E. Identification Cards are being developed, to be used for ICS verification
      F. Repeater Update - need to look into coax change out and service of the repeater.
      G. VE - Volunteer Examiners for Boundary Amateur Radio Club
         1. First testing completed for Amateur Licensing
         2. 7 new amateurs passed the test
V.        Tina Wilson, BCCH / NIPIN (North Idaho Public Information Network) -
      A. Meeting pending - NIPIN will meet Thursday, April 29 at lunchtime
         1. Contact Tina (tinaw@bcchmail.org) to determine location and details

VI.      With no further business, Tony Rohrwasser adjourned the meeting at 0915.
Minutes submitted by J. Moss CCVFD 

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