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HAZMAT TRAINING

CP HazMat Awareness: Free Online Training

The objective of this training is to:

  • Why safety is the most important part of operating a railroad
  • How to locate CP transportation services in North America
  • How to locate CP emergency response officers and equipment
  • Identify rail line owners and their contact information
  • Accurately report track location
  • How to request track protection
  • The purpose of railroad paperwork
  • How to accurately identify locomotives, rolling stock and placards
  • How trains are secured

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Emergency Training Exercises​

NOTE: Please be advised that for the health and safety of our employees and first responders across the network in person training is temporarily suspended. Please see our Free Online Training available above.

Since 2012, CP has trained over 30,000 emergency responders across North America on HazMat response.

Training exercises help to facilitate safe and efficient operations during a response. CP offers training on railroad incident emergency response for local emergency responders. Agencies that would like training may contact Community Connect at 1-800-766-7912 or Community_Connect@cpr.ca to be connected with a local Hazardous Materials & Emergency Response Officers.

Virtual classroom

CP's Augmented Reality technology helps CP Hazardous Materials & Emergency Response Officers coach first responders how to safely respond to train derailments with hazardous goods from the safety of indoors.

Using 3-D modelling, CP can take their virtual classroom anywhere to train firefighters and other first responders on safely responding to rail incidents.

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Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC)

"Two of my officers and myself have learned so much and so many different techniques to fighting tank car fires. We now have the tools to have a successful outcome if it happens here in the future. This training is invaluable and I recommend that every fire department have at least one of their senior staff if not all of them take this training."  Platoon Chief, Shawn Schutten, Wainfleet Fire and Emergency Services.

CP sponsors three classes every year for CP employees, contractors and first responders at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center in Pueblo, Colorado. This state-of-the-art facility offers world-class training, and teaches students how to effectively respond to incidents including:

  • Specialized hazmat response
  • Incident command
  • Crude-by-rail emergency response

If you're a first responder interested in attending a training course, contact Community_Connect@cpr.ca.

Firefighters from across CP's network getting hands-on experience at a CP-sponsored emergency preparedness course at the Security and E mergency Response Training Center, Pueblo, Colorado.


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Training Equipment

CP's Training Railcar – CP911


CP's training rail car, CP911, is a DOT111 general service car that has been converted into a training tank car for First Responders. It allows responders to see firsthand what they may encounter in the unlikely event of a derailment or Non Accidental Release (NAR). CP Hazardous Materials & Emergency Response Officers use the CP911 to train responders on the construction, identifiable markings, valves, and general operations of a tank car.


CP911 also complements other parallel training activities and exercises. In larger scale exercises, first responders are brought into rail yards and use the CP911 tank car to replicate Dangerous Goods incident response.

CP911 is one more resource available to the communities through which we operate in our ongoing commitment to safety.

Training Trailers

Training Trailers are specially designed for the outdoor classroom. CP's Hazardous Materials & Emergency Response Officers bring these trailers to local fire departments to showcase the many different apparatuses they may encounter in the field.

Training Trailers are equipped with a variety of different valves, housings and other general service and pressure tank car appliances that a first responder will encounter when dealing with various models of rail cars. This allows local departments to apply midland capping kits as well a "C" kits for real world training.


Locomotive Training Prop

CP built this one-of-a-kind specialized training prop to bring mobile locomotive rescue training to fire departments.

In this training, CP's Hazardous Materials & Emergency Response Officers walk first responders through locomotive shutdown procedures, including electrical system and fuel shut-offs.

First responders also learn how to safely rescue a crew from a locomotive cab if they are trapped.


CP built this one-of-a-kind specialized training prop to bring mobile locomotive rescue training to fire departments.

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