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South Shore donating car to SBFD for training

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As part of its ongoing commitment to safety, the South Shore commuter line is donating an out-of-service train car to the South Bend Fire Department Training Center to enhance rescue crew responses to railroad service emergencies, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District announced in statement released today.

The train car--weighing approximately 134,000 pounds and standing 85 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 15 feet high--will be moved on Friday, Aug. 17, via crane and flat-bed semi from the South Bend Washington Street train station to the South Bend Fire Department Training Center.

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with South Bend Fire Department to aid in the training of first responders,” said Michael Noland, president of the South Shore commuter line. “Although our safety record is excellent, we remain focused on passenger safety, and familiarizing first responders with our cars improves preparedness.”

“The use of this train car will allow multiple agencies including police, fire, and utility services to collaboratively work together in an emergency situation,” South Bend Fire Chief Stephen Cox said. “The City of South Bend will serve as a central location for future multi-agency training scenarios.”

The training center currently trains first responders from all over Northern Indiana, including East Chicago, Michigan City, LaPorte and South Bend. “In order to ensure the safest, most efficient responses, the crews will train on accessing the car and safely rescuing train passengers during crisis situation,” the statement said. “Incidents of this nature may include derailments, fires, train/car collisions, and other in-service emergencies.”


Posted 8/17/2018




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