First Responders

Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil and natural gas. Although ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPCo) integrates safety into all our facilities and operations, we constantly prepare to respond to emergency situations. And we want our communities to be prepared too. EMPCo sponsors the participation of local and regional emergency responders in programs, such as the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) HazMat Liquid Pipeline & Industrial Fire Emergencies training, designed to provide them with the education and resources to address pipeline and tank emergencies.

2023 Trainings

In 2023, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company is sponsoring four HazMat Liquid and CO2 Pipeline Emergency Response trainings with TEEX. This industry-first module provides advanced, hands-on and companion classroom simulations focused on responding to a CO2 pipeline incident.

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Partnering with TEEX and NASFM

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company partnered with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) in 2019 to develop a hands-on training course to further prepare firefighters along our pipelines and near our facilities to respond to emergencies. Responders receive valuable knowledge they will need to help protect their communities in the event of an industrial-type emergency. EMPCo has funded the training of more than 500 firefighters across Texas and Louisiana at the world-renowned Brayton Fire Training Field.

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company funds the course fees, including lodging and meals, for class participants. Following successful sessions over the past years, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company is continuing its support with more trainings being offered.

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Inspecting a pipeline Reading a CO2 meter

First responders participate in a simulated CO2 release at the TEEX facility in College Station, TX

About TEEX Training

TEEX training sessions include live hands-on drills and scenarios, as well as basic education covering:

  • Types of pipeline markers and key information located on a pipeline marker
  • Pipeline right-of-way and basic design and construction features of a pipeline system
  • Common types of refined petroleum products transported in pipelines, basic physical and chemical properties associated with liquid gases, physical and chemical properties for specific petroleum products
  • Basic principles of liquid transmission pipeline operations and indicators of a damaged liquid pipeline
  • Types of aboveground petroleum storage tanks and safety features found at cargo tank truck loading racks
  • Emergency response tactics needed to address CO2-specific hazards

First responders participate in a simulated tank fire at the TEEX facility in College Station, TX

2021 Training

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company sponsored two Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service (TEEX) HazMat Liquid Pipeline & Industrial Fire Emergency trainings in 2021, held at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas. The second session was joined by Jefferson County Commissioner Vernon Pierce and ExxonMobil Pipeline President Steve Yatauro.

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2020 TEEX training

2020 Training

Though the pandemic interfered with countless programs, pipeline safety training and preparation didn’t stop. TEEX continued pipeline safety training in 2020 modified to CDC guidelines.

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First responders participate in a simulated release at the TEEX facility in College Station, TX