BNSF – In the Community – Environment - Hazardous Materials Information Request

Hazardous Materials Information Request

Railroads carry some hazardous freight and it is of the utmost importance for our customers, the communities through which we operate and our employees that we handle these shipments safely.

Operating free of accidents and injuries has long been part of BNSF's vision and our focus has been on preventing accidents in the first place. BNSF has established a website,, as a way to communicate with first responders. By using this website, first responders can do the following:

  • Participate in online BNSF hazmat training
  • Schedule BNSF hazmat training
  • Download a summary of BNSF's System Emergency Response Plan
  • Request a hazmat traffic flow report
  • Request access to AskRail™

While we have made significant progress in reducing the likelihood of a hazmat incident in any community, we also want to ensure BNSF and the communities we serve can be prepared to respond if an incident were to occur.

  • BNSF provides free railroad hazmat response training to 8,000 local emergency responders a year in communities across our network, and has provided training to more than 80,000 emergency responders since 1996.
  • BNSF has earned the national TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) award 13 consecutive years (2003 to 2015) for our national outreach efforts to help communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material incidents.
  • BNSF has more than 250 trained hazmat responders at 60 locations on our network.
  • BNSF has developed relationships with an extensive network of professional emergency response contractors and industrial fire fighters along our right of way.

How to Find Out About Hazardous Materials Being Shipped Through Your Community

BNSF provides hazardous material traffic flow reports upon request to:

  1. local emergency responders.
  2. elected officials.
  3. emergency management officials.

Officials requesting the information are asked to agree to use the information solely for emergency response planning purposes and not to make the information public for security reasons. This information is provided on a confidential basis.

To request information about shipments in your community, please fill out this form.