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Schneider’s bulk division prepares for the worst

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Schneider National Bulk participated in several emergency preparedness demonstrations in late Se...


Emergency responders take part in a demonstration by Schneider National Bulk, involving a tanker rollover.
Emergency responders take part in a demonstration by Schneider National Bulk, involving a tanker rollover.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Schneider National Bulk participated in several emergency preparedness demonstrations in late September to help emergency responders prepare to deal with several possible hazardous materials disasters.

The company hosted an event for HazMat responders in Northeastern Wisconsin that explored three possible scenarios: a tanker rollover with leaking chemicals; a tanker at rest that has broken through the concrete beneath it and is leaking; and a tanker that’s been struck on the side by a small van.

For several hours, teams worked through the scenarios, while Schneider instructors certified to respond to HazMat incidents looked on, the company explained.

Schneider also educated responders on the intricacies of the fleet’s equipment.

“The exercises Schneider hosts are some of the best training we can offer our teams because of their complexity and hands-on opportunities,” said Dave Siegel, training officer for the Brown County HazMat response team.

“Participating in events like this one are invaluable for Schneider’s trainers,” added 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.”

Schneider’s own customer service and operations support staff were also invited to take part.


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