Recent legislation directed FEMA to establish a subcommittee under the National Advisory Council (NAC) to provide recommendations regarding emergency responder training related to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads.
Qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee of the NAC are encouraged to submit an application for consideration by April 3, 2017.
The subcommittee will be composed of federal officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as others with technical knowledge and expertise from non-federal entities.
Applications are being accepted from qualified individuals with technical knowledge and expertise in the following areas: the rail industry; rail labor; those who offer oil for transportation by rail; the communications industry; emergency response providers, including individuals nominated by national organizations representing state and local governments and emergency responders; emergency response training providers; representatives from tribal organizations; vendors, developers, and manufacturers of systems, facilities, equipment, and capabilities for emergency responder services; and other technical experts.
In addition, the application period for the NAC remains open through March 15.
Members selected to participate in the RESPONSE Subcommittee are not appointed directly to the NAC, but may apply separately for consideration. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the subcommittee or the NAC can be found at: RESPONSE Act NAC Subcommittee webpage.