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Brooke Martin Honored for Florida Hazmat Training Program

CSX’s Brooke Martin has received one of Florida’s highest civilian awards for contributions to the state’s emergency response system.
A hazardous materials manager, Brooke was recognized for partnering with the Northeast Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) on a training and preparedness program to improve local fire departments’ train incident response capabilities.
Throughout the spring of 2017, CSX and LEPC conducted 16 awareness-level courses attended by 218 responders at fire departments in the region. Next, the CSX and LEPC provided technician-level training that included use of the CSX Safety Train to educate responders about railcar safety, common leaks and spills, and mitigation techniques for chlorine gas, LP gas, ethanol and molten sulfur.
At the end of the training, CSX and LEPC conducted a regional hazardous materials exercise that brought together the region’s three hazmat teams from Jacksonville, Clay County and St. Johns County.
For proposing the training program and working closely with LEPC to implement it, Brooke was recognized for “superior participation in hazardous materials planning or response by an individual.” LEPC stated in announcing the award, “[We] can’t thank Brooke enough for her leadership and continued efforts to assist and improve the [regional hazmat teams’] response capabilities.”