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Jaime Herrera Beutler Reintroduces Bill to Strengthen Emergency Response Capabilities for Oil Train Accidents


March 22, 2017

Legislative solution would categorize hazmat operations as “high priority” within its Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program

Today, Jaime Herrera Beutler reintroduced the Fire Department Proper Response and Equipment Prioritization Act (FD PREP Act) to better equip first responders to respond to oil train accidents. The FD PREP Act would direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to categorize hazmat operations, training, and equipment acquisition relating to crude oil and ethanol rail traffic as “high priority” within its Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

Currently, the AFG program does not consider equipment and training specifically for train d...

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