PE Program

Press Release: Announcing the NEW Pipeline Emergences Second Edition

The National Association of State Fire Marshals, working with a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, will be releasing on May 20, 2011, an updated and enhanced second edition of the Pipeline Emergencies curriculum. The curriculum will debut at the 2011 International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Since its introduction in 2004, the Pipeline Emergencies program has trained more than one thousand firefighters and certified fire trainers across the country, and distributed almost 45,000 textbooks free-of-charge to first responders. In response to the new challenges facing responders in the field, the second edition of Pipeline Emergencies will continue to give the technical background information, regulations and standards, hazard and risk evaluation, and tactical response procedures first responders need to safely handle a pipeline emergency. There will be an added focus on American Petroleum Institute's Recommended Practice 1162 and material to support the industry's mandatory outreach and training requirements. The curriculum will be useful to pipeline operators, regulatory agencies, local response officials, and elected representatives in addition to firefighters, police officers, and other first responders.

NASFM has modernized the way the 2.0 version of the curriculum is delivered. NASFM will offer the second edition online, as print-on-demand, and as a CD. This will allow the addition of a testing option, integrated support for students, interactive training scenarios with simulated emergency situations, and coordinated video clips when appropriate. Students will be able to "flip" the electronic pages like a real book but get the added advantages of the latest technology for enhanced learning and comprehension. The instructor's package will again dovetail with the textbook ensuring the complete curriculum works together for a thorough educational package. NASFM will continue to make available printed textbook copies and instructor tools, but the revised second edition is to be widely distributed electronically on the Internet via, on CD and DVD, and through other online portals.

NASFM continues to explore partnerships with pipeline operators to offer the training online through dedicated web portals. The goal would be for operators to educate the responders who might directly answer a call to one of their facilities or pipelines. Other online training and education opportunities are being explored to ensure the program is available to interested responders who might otherwise be unable to attend a class via traditional teaching venues.

NASFM will once again offer the second edition at no cost to first responders and other emergency response personnel.


American Petroleum Institute
Association of Oil Pipelines
CGA Damage Prevention
Common Ground Alliance
Department of Homeland Security Daily Report
Environmental Protection Agency
Excavation Damage Reports Magazine
Louisiana State Fire Training Centers
National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors
National Fire Protection Association
National Response Center
National Response Team
NTSB Pipelines
OPS Communication Initiative
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Pipeline Emergencies On-Line Interactive Format
Pipeline Safety Awareness
Southern Gas Association
Southern States Energy Board
State Pipeline Safety Association
Texas State Fire Training Centers
The Department of Transportation's National Pipeline Mapping System System
US Fire Administration
U.S. Office of Pipeline Safety


Other Initiatives

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) represents the most senior fire official of each of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. State Fire Marshals' responsibilities vary from state to state, but they tend to be responsible for:

• Fire safety code adoption and enforcement
• Fire and arson investigation
• Fire incident data reporting and analysis
• Public education
• Advising Governors and State Legislatures on fire protection. 

Examples of State Fire Marshals responsibilities include:

• Fire fighter training
• Hazardous materials incident response
• Wild land fires
• Regulation of natural gas and other pipelines

Most of NASFM's members are appointed by Governors or other high-ranking state officials. Some are state police officers. Many are former fire fighters. Some are fire protection engineers, while others are former state legislators, insurance experts and labor union officials.

Events & News

Pipeline Emergencies Second Edition Releases Online Instructor Guide for Fire Trainers; Material Supports New Textbook. 

NASFM announces the availability of a new Instructor Guide for the Pipeline Emergencies second edition training program. NASFM unveiled the brand new training tool designed to support certified trainers teaching the recently updated curriculum to hazardous materials response teams, first responders, and pipeline safety personnel. 

Click here to download the full press release

New PE2 Training Curriculum Unveiled

For information on future State Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Stakeholders’ Meetings and Train-the-Trainer Sessions, please contact Phillip Oakes at (307) 433-8078 or


National Association of State Fire Marshals:

P.O. Box 671
Cheyenne, WY 82003

315 S. Main St. Suite #1
Burns, WY 82053
Fax: 307-547-2260 ooakes@narvaassociates

To Order Materials by Phone and for Training Content Questions:

Philip Oakes
(307) 433-8078

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