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H-201 - Pipeline Emergencies - Operations

This 16-hour Operations-level course presents training through lecture, table top exercise, and the development of Emergency Action Plans (EAP). Participants will be able to objectively demonstrate competency in the below areas.

Number of Students
12 minimum / 30 maximum

Instructor Staff:

One (1) Instructor

Who should Attend:
Public Employees who are likely to witness or discover releases from the many pipelines that cross their jurisdiction. This inludes, fire, rescue, EMS, law enforcement, Incident commanders, and other local.state/federal officials. This course is intended to cover both gas and liquid pipeline operations. Including operations and unique hazards of pipeline transportation.

Course Objectives:
Identify a minimum of three different types of pipeline markers 

Describe the purpose of a pipeline right-of-way.

List three clues that may indicate the presence of an underground pipeline right-of-way. Identify and describe the basic design and construction features of a pipeline system.
  • Describe the common types of refined petroleum products transported in pipelines.
  • Describe the basic physical and chemical properties associated with liquid gases and explain their significance in the risk assessment process for an incident involving a liquid products pipeline.
  • Describe the key physical and chemical properties for specific petroleum products transported in liquid pipelines.
  • Describe the basic principles of liquid transmission pipeline operations, including how a liquid pipeline can carry different products
  • Identify the types of aboveground petroleum storage tanks commonly found at marketing and distribution terminals.
  • List three safety features found at cargo tank truck loading racks.
  • List at least three signs of indicators of a leaking liquid pipeline.
  • Describe the basic physical and chemical properties associated with natural gases and explain their significance in the risk assessment process for an incident involving a natural gas pipeline.
  • List the basic byproducts of complete and incomplete combustion of natural gas.
  • Describe the two primary reasons for odorizing natural gas
  • Describe the basic principles of operation of natural gas gathering systems, processing treatment facilities, and transmission pipelines.
  • Describe the purpose of compressor stations and gate settings/main line valves, given a natural gas transmission pipeline system.
  • Describe options for underground and aboveground storage of natural gas.
  • Describe the components of a natural gas distribution system and the function/purpose of each.
  • Identify and describe basic pipeline system equipment.
  • Identify and describe the critical safety and tactical considerations to be evaluated and implemented for an unknown source of a natural gas leak in a residential area, for a gas distribution leak in a commercial area, and for a gas distribution leak in an industrial area.

*Rural County Host:

If you are hosting a class in a rural county (population 150,000 or less)  you may not be required to meet the “minimum number of students” for this class. Rural County Residents may be eligible for travel, lodging and/or per diem reimbursement to attend HMEP funded classes. A requester will need the support of your supervisor to receive funding. 

To receive full benefits from these courses, it is recommended that it be taught at an approved fire training facility. All HMEP Hazardous Material Courses offered through TDEM are compliant with OSHA 29CFR 1910.120, EPA 40CFR Part 311, NFPA Standard 472 and qualify for TCOLE credit.

"Due to the nature of Hazardous Material training, you may be required to perform some physically strenuous activities for this class which may include wearing PPE. Therefore, we recommend all students have a current physical examination prior to class start date.” 

How this course is offered:
This class is offered through TDEM HazMat Preparedness Group as an onsite delivery at a location designated by the requesting jurisdiction. These classes are an open enrollment with the approval of the class host and TDEM. If you are a County Judge; Emergency Management Coordinator; Fire or Police Chief; Public Works Trainer, Training Coordinator or Officer then register as a Training Coordinator. After you have registered as a Training Coordinator then click the link below “Training Coordinators can request this course by completing the Host Planning Sheet.”

Prerequisites & Other Information:
Highly recommend Pipeline Awareness

Students must be Public Sector Employees/Volunteers: Students must be employed or used by a political subdivision (county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority), school district, special districts, interstate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under State law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government. Private sector, federal, non-profit, not-for-profit employees may not be eligible for these classes unless they also serve in a public sector volunteer position. Volunteers must apply through their public sector agencies. Texas residents only. 

No tuition is charged.

Course Specifics

Hours: 16.00
Provider: TDEM - Hazmat
Sponsor: TDEM
Disciplines: Public Safety Communications
Emergency Medical Service
Law Enforcement
Public Works
Fire Service
Emergency Management
Public Health

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