Dean B. Kazinci, Township Manager
Township of Teaneck, New Jersey
Capstone Title: Municipal Preparedness: Bakken Oil Critical Railroad Incident
Dean’s Capstone project assessed the readiness, preparedness, and resourcefulness of the Township of Teaneck as a municipality to handle a critical railroad incident involving the transportation of Bakken Crude Oil and other combustible materials on the CSX River Line. Through research and assessments, Dean was able to identify deficiencies and focus on the resources and training needed to ready Teaneck for a critical incident. Some of the topics of focus were, incident command, Emergency Management, identifying evacuation routes, mutual aid assistance, activating an audible alert warning system, opening an Emergency Operations Center, and the preservation of life and property. As a result of this Capstone Project, Dean was able to initiate, secure, and fund several assets that will better prepare Teaneck’s emergency services and provide the residents peace of mind by knowing that their families, property, and community are protected each time a freight train travels through Teaneck.