Emergency Responder Tactics

While pipeline incidents are rare, Buckeye appreciates the hard work and effort of the many emergency responders that may be involved in helping us return the community to normal.

Buckeye would utilize the Unified Command System during a response to a pipeline incident. Buckeye would provide a Safety and Health Hazards Briefing that would include:

  • Status of release
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) needed by responders
  • Overview of actions taken by Buckeye personnel
  • Product specifications
  • Approximate amount of product that has been released

For emergency response actions, please consult the Emergency Response Guidebook. The products transported by Buckeye are covered by either Guide #115 or #128.

The following critical tasks would need to be considered during a pipeline release:

  • Responder Safety – Buckeye is committed to “Everyone Goes Home
  • Public Safety / Evacuation
  • Traffic Control
  • Vapor Suppression
  • Site Security
  • Fire Fighting
  • Product Containment – click here for Containment Techniques

Additional information on how to respond to incidents involving pipelines is available by contacting Buckeye or by obtaining training materials from the Pipeline Emergencies Program that is sponsored by the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

Also, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) have created a helpful training tool, the Pipeline Emergency Response Training Portal. This on-line training course is offered free of charge to first responders. The training comprises awareness, operation, and technician-level courses using the National Association of State Fire Marshalls (NAFSM) “Pipeline Emergencies” Program. It enables first responders to learn the techniques and skills to best address a hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline incident. The on-line training portal is especially useful to rural, volunteer, or departments of modest means, allowing them to receive pipeline training that fits their budget, schedule, and location.