Washington State Emergency Management Division

PER-326 Surface Transportation Emergency Preparedness and Security for Freight by Rail or Highway (STEPS Freight)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 to Thursday, April 30, 2020

8:30 AM untilĀ 5:00 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

The Surface Transportation Emergency Preparedness and Security for Freight by Rail or Highway (STEPS-Freight) course goal is to provide participants with the training necessary to identify the roles and responsibilities of preparedness, prevention, and response to emergencies involving surface transportation freight and passenger systems. Participants will be able to identify the hazards of Hazardous Material/ Weapons of Mass Destruction (HazMat/WMD/IEDs and apply this information to the appropriately to the applicable areas of an incident. Participants will gain familiarization with NIMS/NRF in order prioritize organizational management needs, resource allocation, evacuation strategies and response operations. Participants will demonstrate proficiency during an incident while providing solutions to minimize the impact to the responders, the citizens, the environment, and the critical infrastructure of the area and address the priorities of the National Preparedness Guidelines and Target Capabilities List to include Mission Areas such as Communications, Planning, Risk Management, CBRNE Detection, Critical Infrastructure Protection, On-site Incident Management, Responder Safety and Health, Citizen Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place, and others.

Course Objectives
  • Participants will be able to recognize the hazards and risks posed by historical HazMat/WMD and terrorist incidents to freight transportation by rail or highway systems, with special emphasis on improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
  • Participants will be able to incorporate planning, incident management, and response procedures into freight transportation by rail or highway facility operations that are consistent with national directives for interagency operability.
  • Participants will be able to recognize the components of a coordinated vulnerability and threat assessment, based upon a comprehensive hazard and risk analysis, with emphasis on HazMat/WMD and IEDs in freight transportation by rail or highway infrastructure.
  • Understand the application of this process in identifying needs for addressing facility hardening and security.
  • Participants will be able to identify the components of effective emergency operations plans, organizational standard operating procedures and strategies. The strategies take into account the available resources and response plans of partner agencies and organizations in order to facilitate an organized emergency response to HazMat/WMD and IED incidents at freight transportation by rail or highway facilities.
  • Participants will be able to relate the importance collaborating with other public safety agencies and private sector organizations to plan for, prevent, train and respond to HazMat/ WMD and IED incidents at a freight transportation by rail or highway facility.
  • Safely and effectively implement and manage a coordinated emergency response to a HazMat/WMD incident with special emphasis on IEDs, within a freight transportation by rail or highway system.





Participants should have repsonsibility for the management or security or either facilities or jurisdictions impacted by local, regional, or interstate trucking and/or rail freight traffic. There are no specific course prerequisites, however, participants are strongly encouraged to complete incident management courses IS 100, IS 200, and IS700 before attending this course.


Target Audience

The participant audience includes any agency that may respond to a major emergency, disaster or event, including:

  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Governmental Administrative
  • Hazardous Material
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Public Works
  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • Security and Safety
  • Search & Rescue
  • Transportation

Continuing Education
Contact: Hours - 16


Woodinville Fir & Rescue HQ/ Station 31

17718 Woodinville Snohomish RD NE
Woodinville, WA 98072

Click here for directions

Course Manager

Course Host:

Lieutenant Rocky Martinez,

(425) 281-0444




Lunch will not be provided - but there are restaurant close by.