Schneider National Bulk Sharpens Emergency Preparedness Skills
Company’s long history in bulk hauling, commitment to safety leveraged in training exercise
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Oct. 20, 2008 – Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services with over 40 years of experience in bulk specialty chemical transportation, closed out September (Disaster Preparedness Month) by hosting an emergency preparedness exercise for the company and hazardous materials (haz-mat) responders in Northeast Wisconsin.
Schneider’s Bulk division staged three scenarios for local haz-mat teams to address:
- a tanker has flipped and is leaking corrosive chemicals (Scenario 1);
- a tanker at rest has broken through the concrete underneath it, is down at the nose and is leaking (Scenario 2);
- a tanker has been impacted from the side by a small van (Scenario 3).
For several hours, teams worked through the scenarios while three Schneider instructors—each certified in haz-mat response—closely monitored their activities and provided feedback about how each situation was handled. In addition, they briefed the teams on the latest equipment used for sealing tankers.
Schneider National staged similar rollover scenarios in both 2006 and 2007. According to Dave Siegel, training officer for the Brown County (Wis.) Haz-Mat Response Team, “The exercises Schneider hosts are some of the best training we can offer our teams because of their complexity and hands-on opportunities.”
Emergency personnel are not the only ones who benefit from the exercise. “Participating in events like this one are invaluable for Schneider’s trainers,” said Steve Torres, safety director, Schneider National. “We get a chance to hone our teaching skills and practice with equipment that the responders bring to the scene—equipment we often don’t get a chance to use. Most importantly, these activities give us a chance to interact with the people protecting our communities and underscore for them our commitment to Schneider’s core value: safety first and always.”
The Northeast Wisconsin haz-mat exercise is the most recent example of the company’s involvement in community emergency preparedness training. Similar events are held throughout the year in other parts of the country.
The training extends beyond those responding to the incident in the field. The day after the exercise, Schneider brought several customer service and operations support associates to the site to get a firsthand look at a live haz-mat incident. Associates gain an appreciation and understanding of what a driver faces when these types of accidents occur, and should an incident of this nature ever occur with Schneider’s tankers, these associates will now have a better understanding of the situation the driver is facing.
About Schneider National Bulk
Schneider National’s Bulk Division is one of the largest and longest-standing liquid chemical transportation providers in North America. Providing services for regional and long-haul customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Schneider National Bulk has more than 900 tractors, 1,500 tanker trailers, 1,000 drivers and a network of national tank wash experts. With more than 45 years experience, Schneider Bulk is the leader in safety and reliability in chemical transportation. As the first bulk carrier to receive ISO certification in November 1992, Schneider National Bulk has an impressive history of safe, on-time delivery. Schneider National Bulk is ISO 9001:2000 recertified and is an American Chemistry Council Responsible Care® partner.
About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of transportation and logistics services, enhancing the standard of living worldwide. The nation’s largest truckload carrier, Schneider serves more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 500 companies and offers the broadest portfolio of services to small, medium and global shippers across the globe. The company’s transportation and logistics solutions include van/truckload, dedicated, expedited, bulk, Western regional, intermodal, transportation management, freight brokerage, air/ocean freight forwarding, customs house brokerage, transloading and distribution, supply chain management, supply chain advisory services, and freight audit and payment (Europe).
Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for more than 70 years. A $3.4 billion company, Schneider National employs 21,400 transportation and logistics experts worldwide, including operations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit schneider.com.
Editor’s Note: A photo taken during the haz-mat critical incident response exercise. “Bulk Exercise1” depicts haz-mat team members working through Scenario 1.