Coordinating For Rail Safety in Iowa

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ANKENY, Iowa- A number of law enforcement, emergency management, and federal agencies gathered for a day-long symposium on rail safety.  The group is working with the Federal Rail Administration to make sure Iowa agencies are on the same page when it comes to responding to any possible incidents along rail lines.

"With the shipment of hazardous cargo on the rise, it is more important than ever to work with stake holders," said Mark Schouten, of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director.  "Events such as this help us to be better prepared to respond, and protect life."

"The purpose of the Railroad Safety Symposium is to bring together federal, state, and local level public safety officials to facilitate the best preparation possible for all the safety challenges connected to railroad transportation," said Kevin Techau, United States Attorney for Iowa's Northern District.

Primary topic of discussion was what each agency would be responsible for in any possible rail events, or mishaps.

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