The Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response initiative (TRANSCAER®) was started in Canada in 1985 by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC). Today, it’s led by CIAC and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC).
TRANSCAER® exists to make sure that communities are informed about the products being moved through their area by road and rail, and what measures are in place to ensure their safe transportation.
TRANSCAER® members work with municipal officials, emergency responders, and residents along transportation routes, to assist them in developing and evaluating their community emergency response plans. TRANSCAER® also hosts dozens of outreach events across Canada each year. Our Safety Training Tank Car – a classroom on wheels – helps to train fire fighters, police, and emergency medical personnel, so they are better prepared in the event of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods.
CIAC and the RAC also partner with other associations in Canada and the U.S. – those representing manufacturers, distributors, transportation companies, and emergency responders – to ensure that transportation safety best practices are shared, and that consistent, state-of-the-art training and emergency preparedness activities are carried out across North America.