Photo courtesy of State of New York.

Photo courtesy of State of New York.

The State of New York is deploying 24 fully equipped emergency response trailers across New York’s crude oil transportation corridor to strengthen its response to crude oil transportation incidents. This is done in support of the state’s recently developed Geographic Response Plans, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced.

“Protecting public safety is our top priority and these new trailers will help ensure our first responders can respond swiftly and efficiently in any spill emergency,” Cuomo said.

The new emergency response trailers will be stationed across the state and managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and counties. Locations for trailer deployment will be coordinated with DEC and based on approved Geographic Response Plans. These plans include strategies and tactics to respond to crude oil incidents that are specific to each, as identified by local county emergency planning committees.

Each trailer is equipped with absorbent material, booms, and other tools necessary to control and contain a crude oil or petroleum spill. The trailers can be quickly deployed to address spill emergencies and help control and limit any resulting environmental impacts.

Three of the 24 trailers will be dispatched to Buffalo, Albany, and Rochester. Twenty-one trailers will be dispatched to New York’s 21 Crude by Rail Mainline counties, one trailer for each county.