Newpy I have worn many covers, but never that of a fire helmet. We simply see this event from different perspectives. There are places in the world where train derailments are commonly used as targets of opportunity by terrorist organizations. Believe it or not there are also people who work all night while you sleep keeping track of such matters in an attempt to keep you safe. Lac Megantic sent shivers up and down the spine of the intelligence community, for obvious reasons. We need not expound upon that here. I stand by my thesis: some person or persons at Pan Am made a moronic decision to leave a derailed train with hazardous materials on a trestle without notifying any governmental officials. I find it hard for anyone to defend such a decision. The excuse that derailments are a daily occurrence on Pan Am is without merit. As for the fire chief being able to order the offloading of a loaded rail car involved in a derailment, my experience has been that such an order would hold up in any court, be it state or federal. Every scenario and situation can not be legislated, and from my understanding of the case law the courts have always turned to the reasonableness standard. Who would be in a better position to know his or her resources, have superior training in hazardous material incidents, and be in a position to direct incoming resources, a Pan Am office manager, 2 MOW workers with bottle jacks and cribbing, or Westford Fire Chief Joseph Targ? We have a fire chief on this very thread, maybe he can add to our discourse.