Hazardous Materials Articles and Breaking News

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Welcome to the "Hazardous Materials Articles" section of the Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal website: We want to provide you with timely online information and breaking news that best equips you to meet today's emergency challenges. Among our HazMat articles, you will find the latest in HazMat safety, HazMat training, leadership development and the newest products and services presented in an "Act Now" user friendly format. We want to be your best online source for the fire and rescue information, resources and reviews you need.

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CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  Ask anyone what they think of when the term USAR is mentioned, and you will probably get a response having to do with 9/11, Oklahoma City, Technical Rescue, etc. Very few, if any, would answer hazardous materials response. In spite of this, the Haza...
Hazardous materials response and USAR

By Capt. Mark J. Schmitt | 01/23/2014

Ask anyone what they think of when the term USAR is mentioned, and you will probably get a response having to do with 9/11, Oklahoma City, Technical Rescue, etc. Very few, if any, would answer hazardous materials response. In spite of this, the Hazardous Materials Specialist is an integral part of any USAR deployment. This is due to the high probability of hazardous materials or hazardous conditions being present at a USAR incident that a Hazardous Materials Specialist or Technician is uniquely prepared to respond. Read More...

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CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  You can very likely do a better job of protecting your people from dangerous gases — and you can probably get it done while spending less than you are now. It’s an important mission to accomplish.
Keep your people safe and spend less

By Griff Mason | 10/22/2013

You can very likely do a better job of protecting your people from dangerous gases — and you can probably get it done while spending less than you are now. It’s an important mission to accomplish. Read More...

Relevant Tags: gases, fire, monitors, dangerous, gas, four gas, dangerous gas, dangerous gases, spend less, solid state, gas monitors

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  Sustainability is broadly defined as the utilization of a resource in a manner in which the resource will not be damaged or depleted. The very concept described by the word also applies to hazardous materials response teams, as hazmat teams are inde...
Hazmat Sustainability: The proper care and feeding of a hazmat team

By Glenn Clapp | 10/22/2013

Sustainability is broadly defined as the utilization of a resource in a manner in which the resource will not be damaged or depleted. The very concept described by the word also applies to hazardous materials response teams, as hazmat teams are indeed resources that can be depleted and — in the worst-case scenario — even become “extinct” and cease to exist. It is imperative for managers of hazmat teams to provide the motivation, tools, training, and that non-tangible “spark” that keeps their team going and ideally thriving. Our discussion will center on just that — how we can ensure the sustainability of our hazmat team and what roadblocks w... Read More...

Relevant Tags: hazmat,team, training, sustainability, teams, hazmat team, hazmat teams, hazardous materials, technician level, team members, north carolina, carolina association

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  At hazardous materials incidents the product drives everything. Staging distances, suit selection, mitigation methods, the type of decontamination used, and public protective actions are all examples of things that are driven by the hazardous materi...
So you want to be a hazmat research/science officer?

By David Greene | 10/22/2013

At hazardous materials incidents the product drives everything. Staging distances, suit selection, mitigation methods, the type of decontamination used, and public protective actions are all examples of things that are driven by the hazardous material. Specifically, it is the physical and chemical properties of the material that drives operations. This author has repeatedly written about how difficult it is to identify the material at transportation incidents on the highway. In fact, one such incident involved a tractor-trailer that had driven into the median of Interstate 95 at a spot where there were no trees. The tractor was pulling a box... Read More...

Relevant Tags: material, vapor, water,gasoline, pressure, degrees, vapor pressure, degrees fahrenheit, fahrenheit vapor, percent concentration, hazmat research/science, boiling point, research/science officer, flash point

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  The 2013 HazMat Challenge, sponsored by the N.C. Association of Hazardous Materials Responders was another huge success. We had 10 teams from nine departments across North Carolina who competed for various prizes, and of course bragging rights. We a...
HazMat Challenge 2013

By Joel Wood | 10/22/2013

The 2013 HazMat Challenge, sponsored by the N.C. Association of Hazardous Materials Responders was another huge success. We had 10 teams from nine departments across North Carolina who competed for various prizes, and of course bragging rights. We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner is the High Point Fire Department HazMat Team. High Point’s team members were Glenn Clapp, Chase Comer, Dustin Davis and Brian Bullock. Congratulations to these responders for a job well done. Read More...

Relevant Tags: hazmat, challenge, teams, fall, objectives, responders, hazmat challenge, hazardous materials, materials responders, association hazardous, challenge 2013, bragging rights

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  Many emergency responders at the scene of a hazmat call have noticed a vehicle arrive on scene marked “Emergency Management” or a person at the Command Post wearing a command vest that states likewise and wondered “What exactly does emergency manage...
Making the most of your available resources on a hazmat call: What can emergency management do for you?

By Glenn Clapp | 01/10/2013

Many emergency responders at the scene of a hazmat call have noticed a vehicle arrive on scene marked “Emergency Management” or a person at the Command Post wearing a command vest that states likewise and wondered “What exactly does emergency management Do?” Emergency management agencies and personnel do indeed have a “place at the table” at hazmat incidents — especially those of a large-scale nature — and emergency responders that are cognizant of that fact will be able to make the most of their available resources by involving emergency management when appropriate at hazmat incidents. Read More...

Relevant Tags: SIXTY ONE DELTA ONE, emergency, management, hazmat, emergency management, management agencies, local emergency, hazardous materials, management personnel, north carolina, hazmat call

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  Many emergency responders believe that a large-scale hazardous materials incident (or even a hazmat incident of any sizeable nature) will never occur in their jurisdiction. For those personnel that do not have an interest in becoming a “glow bug” (o...
Is your fire department ready for a hazmat incident?

By Glenn Clapp | 10/05/2012

Many emergency responders believe that a large-scale hazardous materials incident (or even a hazmat incident of any sizeable nature) will never occur in their jurisdiction. For those personnel that do not have an interest in becoming a “glow bug” (otherwise known as a member of a hazmat team), this thought is often a strong hope that such an incident will never occur on their watch and in their territory. As emergency responders, however, we should be introspective by asking ourselves if our department is truly ready for the significant hazmat incident that often looms just over the horizon. Read More...

Relevant Tags: SIXTY ONE DELTA ONE, hazmat, incident, training, personnel, response, hazardous materials, operations level, hazmat incident, emergency responders, pre planning, north carolina, air monitoring, hazmat technician, hazmat team, refresher training

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  This issue we will be examining scrap and shredded tire fires by using the United States Fire Administration’s (USFA) Technical Report Series # 093, published in December 1998. The United States disposes of approximately 240 million tires annually. ...
The round rubber hazmat — tire fires

By David Greene | 10/05/2012

This issue we will be examining scrap and shredded tire fires by using the United States Fire Administration’s (USFA) Technical Report Series # 093, published in December 1998. The United States disposes of approximately 240 million tires annually. Seventy-five percent of these are added to existing stockpiled tire dumps or discarded in landfills. Burying tires in landfills has become the least desirable option as the casings trap air and buried tires often move. Read More...

Relevant Tags: HAZMAT, fire, tires, incident, equipment, heavy equipment, tire fires, united states, rubber hazmat

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  On Saturday, August 11, 2012, eight hazardous materials teams from across the state met in Raleigh for fun, fellowship, and competition in the Hazmat Challenge. The Hazmat Challenge is an annual event sponsored by the North Carolina Association of H...
Hazmat teams from across North Carolina compete at Annual Hazmat Challenge

By Glenn Clapp | 10/05/2012

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, eight hazardous materials teams from across the state met in Raleigh for fun, fellowship, and competition in the Hazmat Challenge. The Hazmat Challenge is an annual event sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders (NCAHMR), held at the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Conference/South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. The 2012 challenge was unlike any previous iteration of the event, as the challenge was comprised not only of a practical “hands on” section, but also an academic section. This year’s challenge also featured unprecedented sponsor involvement and prizes for the ... Read More...

Relevant Tags: challenge, hazmat, teams, carolina, hazardous, hazardous materials, north carolina, hazmat challenge, materials responders, annual hazmat

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  From the time it capsized at a refinery dock in Texas City, the listing barge — loaded with 235,000 gallons of sulfuric acid — began seeping its toxic, corrosive load into the 30-foot-deep waterway. The water mixing with sulfuric acid inside the hul...
The new plan: Using wirelessly connected monitoring equipment to protect First Response Hazmat teams

Bobby Sheikhan | 08/01/2012

From the time it capsized at a refinery dock in Texas City, the listing barge — loaded with 235,000 gallons of sulfuric acid — began seeping its toxic, corrosive load into the 30-foot-deep waterway. The water mixing with sulfuric acid inside the hull had begun to corrode the steel. This process reduced the barge’s structural integrity and created reactions inside the sealed compartment that generated a cloud of highly flammable, highly pressurized hydrogen gas — just one spark away from a calamitous blast. It was time for a new plan. That plan included federal and regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) personnel expanding the “hot zo... Read More...

Relevant Tags: COMMUNICATIONS, wireless, monitoring, systems, hazmat, response, real time, wirelessly connected, new plan, hazmat teams, sulfuric acid, connected monitoring, monitoring systems, using wirelessly, monitoring equipment

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  The thought of technician-level hazardous materials response usually brings to mind the images of entering the hot zone to plug, patch, and perform other “fun” offensive actions; or even an Entry Group of Technicians exiting the hot zone towards the...
Regulations - The building blocks of Hazmat

Glenn Clapp | 08/01/2012

The thought of technician-level hazardous materials response usually brings to mind the images of entering the hot zone to plug, patch, and perform other “fun” offensive actions; or even an Entry Group of Technicians exiting the hot zone towards the Decontamination Area after “saving the day.” The idea of the regulatory building blocks of hazardous materials management and response does not usually bring to mind the same “warm and fuzzy” hazmat thoughts, as the topic does not present an image of the hands-on adventurous side of hazardous materials response. While most prospective Hazmat Technicians roll their eyes when encountering the usual... Read More...

Relevant Tags: SIXTY ONE DELTA ONE, hazardous, response, materials, regulations, responders, emergency, hazmat, nfpa, standard, hazardous materials, building blocks, emergency responders, hot zone, regulations building, technician level, materials responders, block

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  An increasing number of people are choosing to commit suicide by using chemical asphyxiation. I must admit that although I have read about a lot of these incidents occurring elsewhere throughout the country, we have not experienced one of these inci...
HAZMAT: Chemical Suicide The Problem, the Response and the Potential Collateral Damage

David Greene | 08/01/2012

An increasing number of people are choosing to commit suicide by using chemical asphyxiation. I must admit that although I have read about a lot of these incidents occurring elsewhere throughout the country, we have not experienced one of these incidents yet. Unfortunately, this creates a sense of it being “someone else’s problem.” However, one of these types of incidents just occurred in a neighboring county. Its popularity is soaring as several websites describe exactly how to commit “chemical suicide.” One website even offers a PDF formatted warning poster that can be printed off and posted on the vehicle. As a result of the potential inc... Read More...

Relevant Tags: HAZMAT, vehicle, incident, suicide, chemical, fire, chemical suicide, law enforcement, hydrogen sulfide, incident type, chemical asphyxiation, hazmat chemical

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  While fuel (petroleum) spills are not the most glamorous of hazmat calls one responds to, they are probably the most frequent. They can range from a two car MVA with a leaking fuel tank, to a MC306 overturned on an off ramp, or possibly a large abov...
HazMat: Responding to fuel spills

Jason Krusen | 04/23/2012

While fuel (petroleum) spills are not the most glamorous of hazmat calls one responds to, they are probably the most frequent. They can range from a two car MVA with a leaking fuel tank, to a MC306 overturned on an off ramp, or possibly a large above ground storage tank depending on your response area. Many departments do not consider them a hazmat call to begin with so if it ends up being larger than anticipated responders are behind the curve. I would venture to bet many departments only dispatch a single unit to these calls no matter what the quantity reported, again hindering the responder. As responders we must not become complacent wit... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Hazmat, spills, product, hazmat, response, fuel spills, surface water, gasoline/ethanol blend

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  - Indianapolis, IN – March 15, 2012 – RAE Systems Inc., a leading provider of toxic gas monitoring systems , is combining with the Fire Smoke Coalition to deliver the “Know Your Smoke” Symposium for emergency responders – including firefighters, EMT’s ...
RAE Systems and Fire Smoke Coalition to Provide Training For North Carolina Emergency Responders

| 03/22/2012

Indianapolis, IN – March 15, 2012 – RAE Systems Inc., a leading provider of toxic gas monitoring systems , is combining with the Fire Smoke Coalition to deliver the “Know Your Smoke” Symposium for emergency responders – including firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics – in North Carolina on July 20 and 21. Read More...

Relevant Tags: hazmat, firefighter training, emt, paramedic, RAE systems, north carolina, first responders, fire smoke coalition

CarolinaFireJournal - CarolinaFireJournal -  -  Hypoxia, asphyxia, cardiac arrest, and then death. Hopefully, I have your attention. Modern technology has changed the way we fight fires, and the ways fire burn. Due to the chemical make-up of manufactured materials, fires today burn hotter, flasho...
HAZMAT - Meeting the ‘Toxic Twins’ CO and HCN

By Todd Shoebridge | 01/11/2012

Hypoxia, asphyxia, cardiac arrest, and then death. Hopefully, I have your attention. Modern technology has changed the way we fight fires, and the ways fire burn. Due to the chemical make-up of manufactured materials, fires today burn hotter, flashovers occur more rapidly, and the smoke is much more toxic. As a result of these factors, firefighters have been dying at a greater rate than ever before from toxic chemical compounds like Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN). In the mid 70s George Kimmerle listed eight major factors that can cause death in fires and to those that are involved in them. 1 They are as follows: Direct consu... Read More...

Relevant Tags: hcn, firefighters, fire service, carbon monoxide, manufactured materials, cyanide hcn, todd shoebridge

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Keeping First Responders Safe
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