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Think Outside the Box Think Outside the Station

In a previous article, we talked about getting out of the station and utilizing the Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook for hazardous materials training. In this article we’re... Read More...

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Hazmat Detectives — Food for Thought

Detective work does not normally come to mind when looking at the field of hazardous materials response. Depending on the authority having jurisdiction, training and/or certification to the technicia... Read More...

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Avoiding Acceptance of the Status Quo: Professional Development in the Hazmat World

In any occupational pursuit, there comes a time at which we are at risk of succumbing to the status quo and possibly just “riding things out.”  Such a time lies diametrically at the opposite end of t... Read More...

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SELLING Your Hazardous Materials Response Program

Severe hazardous materials emergencies — train derailments, highway accidents, significant leaks at fixed facilities, etc. — are relatively few and far between for most jurisdictions. They can be cat... Read More...

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Hazmat Pre-Incident Planning and Management: Prior To, During and After the Incident

Traditionally, experience has taught hazmat responders that time spent conducting pre-incident planning activities in regard to possible hazardous materials incidents pays off huge dividends when the... Read More...

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National Fire Academy Offers Hazardous Materials Curriculum

The National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland is a tremendous training resource for anyone involved in the fire service. You can attend one class per year where the majority of the costs — tuitio... Read More...

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HAZWOPER: What is It and How Does it Affect us?

Of the plethora of hazardous materials regulations that we learn about in hazmat training and encounter in our hazmat careers, the HAZWOPER Standard is often shrouded in mystery and misunderstood by ... Read More...

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Not Just for Technicians Anymore: Air Monitoring and the Operations Level Hazardous Materials Responder

At any point and time in which hazardous materials air monitoring is discussed, the conversation usually is peppered with words such as “Wheatstone bridge,” “relative response correction factor” and ... Read More...

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2016 Dept. of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook and Hazard Class Review

By now, you should have received the latest edition of the Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG). The old 2012 edition should be removed from all of the apparatus in your ... Read More...

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Hazmat Team Leadership and Management: Keeping the Torch Lit and Eventually Passing it On

While pondering our next topic of conversation, I began to reflect on the fact that next month I will celebrate having served 20 years in the arenas of the fire service and hazardous materials respon... Read More...

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Metropolitan Medical Response System

The Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) traces its origin to the Metropolitan Medical Strike Team (MMST) concept created by the Washington Metropolitan Area in 1995. The MMST was a joint effo... Read More...

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Air Monitoring It’s Not Just for Hazardous Materials

(This is part two of a two part series.) This article is designed for regular firefighters. And as we will see, you really are involved in hazardous materials response from a certain point of ... Read More...

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Alternative Fuel Vehicles Yesterday’s Dream and Today’s Nightmare

Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Yesterday’s dream, and today’s nightmare This issue we will examine the alternative fuels that vehicles are using that were once a dream to reduce carbon emissions th... Read More...

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Tis’ the Season – for CO calls

This article is likely being read after the first of the year, but it is being written as we crank up for the Christmas holidays. Tis’ the season for Santa Claus, eggnog, and Carbon Monoxide (CO) cal... Read More...

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Differences in Practices Between Rural and Urban First Responders: Examining How First Responders Handle Irritant Gas Syndrome Agent (IGSA) Disasters in Rural Versus Urban Settings

(Funding Supported by Magellan Scholar Program University of South Carolina: 11200-15-37930) During this past summer, I had the pleasure of attending the South Carolina Fire Rescue Conference ... Read More...

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Issue 32.2 | Fall 2017

Keeping First Responders Safe
Ideas to improve safety on the job, leadership, serving our community and keeping the desire to serve others...
 



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