Florida East Coast Railway provides safety training for LNG equipment

December 29, 2017. Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway recently offered a unique training experience for emergency responders in Volusia and Palm Beach Counties regarding railway safety associated with various equipment utilized in daily rail operations.

   FEC partnered with The Safety Train, an independent organization that operates a tank car training train equipped with an onboard classroom and tank cars, to enable experts from FEC, other railroads and environmental services companies to provide hands on instruction regarding hazardous materials transportation equipment and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

   “Our goal is to provide employees, customers and first responders in the communities we serve with the knowledge required to help us be the safest and most reliable railroad in North America. The safety for our employees and communities is our primary mission as we strive to provide timely service to our customers”, explained Fran Chinnici, SVP and Chief Operating Officer at FEC.

   FEC has pioneered the use of LNG as a locomotive fuel. The company operating in the U.S. state of Florida has been operating on LNG since late 2015 and has so far completed over 2,300 trips on liquefied natural gas, and according to Chinnici, it is the first North American Railroad to operate its entire mainline fleet on LNG.