A December 2016 National Science Foundation episode showcases a new wall-jumping robot, using sensor-integrated blocks to better identify developmental disabilities, creatures with camouflage, a new procedure to detect exposure to dangerous nuclear materials, and the discovery of the oldest know fossil tumor.
This 2016 CSB safety video is an animated depiction of the April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, which resulted in 15 fatalities, more than 260 injuries, and widespread community damage. The deadly fire and explosion occurred when about 30 tons of fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate exploded after being heated by a fire at the storage and distribution facility.
The freight rail industry trains thousands of local public safety officials at the Transportation Technology Center's Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC), and individual railroads conduct additional local training for first responders. In accordance with a February 2014 agreement between the U.S. DOT and the Association of American Railroads, railroads committed $5 million to develop a specialized crude by rail training and tuition assistance program for local first responders at TTCI. The funding will provide program development as well as tuition assistance for an estimated 1,500 first responders in 2014.