MONTREAL, May 25, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) was awarded the prestigious TRANSCAER(R) (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) National Achievement Award at a ceremony yesterday in St. Louis, Mo. CN received the prize for the second straight year in recognition of its commitment to helping communities prepare for and respond to potential transportation incidents involving hazardous materials.
The award recognizes extraordinary achievement in support of the TRANSCAER(R) initiative that extends beyond the geographic boundaries of any one region.
"Safety is a core value at CN and it is important for us to partner with communities to integrate their safety procedures with ours," said Paul Miller, CN's chief safety and sustainability officer. "We are proud that CN's continued efforts to go beyond the normal call of duty to advocate and implement the principles of TRANSCAER(R) have been recognized once again.
"In 2010, CN's Dangerous Goods Team held a total of 257 TRANSCAER(R) events across its network, reaching more than 5,000 participants."
National TRANSCAER(R) Task Group Chairman Rollie Shook said: "CN's Dangerous Goods Team clearly understand the importance of having a strong community outreach program to promote the safe transportation of dangerous goods and effective emergency response across the North American rail network."
Through TRANSCAER(R), free emergency preparedness training is provided to local and regional emergency response organizations, as well as education to communities near major rail routes about rail equipment, chemical transportation, and the importance of planning for potential hazardous material transportation emergencies.
CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.
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