PE Program

Press Release: Announcing the NEW Pipeline Emergencies Third Edition

The National Association of State Fire Marshals, working with emergency responders, industry and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, has released, an updated and enhanced third edition of the Pipeline Emergencies curriculum.


Since its introduction in 2004, the Pipeline Emergencies program has trained several thousand firefighters and certified fire trainers across the country, and distributed almost 90,000 textbooks to first responders. In response to the new challenges facing responders in the field, the third 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 1174 as well as materials 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 3.0 version of the curriculum is delivered. NASFM will offer the third edition online, as print-on- demand, and as an conventional instructional program. 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. 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 third 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.


Contact NASFM at or 307-433- 8078 to arrange for an in person training session.

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 Third 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 third 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 PE3 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