The Norfolk Southern team provides a menu of emergency response training options. If you are an emergency responder (including: fire department, law enforcement, emergency medical services, hazmat response team, emergency management personnel, military, homeland security personnel, shippers, and customers) and are interested in training, please contact us at to provide you options in your community. Please review our training options below. All of the training options provided by Norfolk Southern are free to attendees.

2024 Safety Train Locations

2024 NS HazMat Safety Train Schedules

Location Dates PDF
Greensboro, NC 3/4/24 Download Brochure
Columbia, SC 3/18/24 Download Brochure
Valdosta, GA 4/1/24 Download Brochure
Tuscaloosa, AL 4/15/24 Download Brochure
Alexandria, VA 4/29/24 Download Brochure
Altoona, PA 5/13/24 Download Brochure
Conway, PA 5/20/24 Download Brochure
Youngstown, OH 6/3/24 Download Brochure
Ft. Wayne, IN 6/17/24 Download Brochure
Decatur, IL 7/8/24 Download Brochure
Roxana, IL 7/22/24 Download Brochure
Wentzville, MO 7/29/24 Download Brochure
Lexington, KY 8/12/24 Download Brochure
Portsmouth, OH 8/26/24 Download Brochure
Binghamton, NY 9/17/24 Download Brochure
Newark, DE 9/30/24 Download Brochure
Richmond, VA 10/14/24 Download Brochure
Chattanooga, TN 10/28/24 Download Brochure
Dalton or Gainesville, GA 11/4/24 Download Brochure

The TRANSCAER® Program

Norfolk Southern works hard to ensure the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail. A key part of that effort is voluntary participation in the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response program, known as TRANSCAER®. At TRANSCAER®-related events in 2021, Norfolk Southern employees provided training for more than 3,469 first responders across our system to help those communities prepare for and safely respond to potential incidents involving rail transport of hazardous materials. Local first responders and government officials participated in classroom and hands-on training, table top simulations, and full-scale drills. Of those trained, 723 were trained during 6 Norfolk Southern Safety Train events.

Achievement Award

For the 22nd time and 20th consecutive year in 2021, Norfolk Southern earned a National TRANSCAER® Achievement Award. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in support of voluntary efforts by companies and others to help communities prepare for and safely respond to incidents involving transport of hazardous materials.

Training Videos

Training Statistics - First Responders Trained Annually
 2023 – 5,413  2022 – 5,031  2021 – 3,469
 2020 – 977  2019 – 5,788  2018 – 6,226
 2017 – 8,185  2016 – 5,573  2015 – 4,792