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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.

What’s a ‘whacker tool’? TOOLS OF THE TRADE

During the last couple months I have had the chance to become familiar with a new product by the Weddle Tool Company (WTC) called the “Whacker Tool.” WTC describes the Whacker Tool as the “one person... Read More...

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CALLED UP TO THE SHOW Your journey to becoming a Hazmat Technician

The transition from operations level to technician level of hazmat certification and competency is often described as the largest leap in scale and scope in one’s hazmat career. Whether you are volun... Read More...

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Medical monitoring of Hazardous Materials Entry Teams A risk Management Tool for Injury Prevention

Structural fire fighting is a dangerous activity that is physically demanding. Firefighters who are members of Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Response Teams face the same dangers on a hazmat response a... Read More...

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Hazardous materials response and USAR

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 hazard... Read More...

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Keep your people safe and spend less

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...

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Hazmat Sustainability: The proper care and feeding of a hazmat team

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 ... Read More...

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So you want to be a hazmat research/science officer?

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... 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

HazMat Challenge 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 v... Read More...

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Making the most of your available resources on a hazmat call: What can emergency management do for you?

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 likewis... Read More...

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Is your fire department ready for a hazmat incident?

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 d... Read More...

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The round rubber hazmat — tire fires

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 disp... Read More...

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Hazmat teams from across North Carolina compete at Annual Hazmat Challenge

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 even... Read More...

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The new plan: Using wirelessly connected monitoring equipment to protect First Response Hazmat teams

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. ... Read More...

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Regulations - The building blocks of Hazmat

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 Gro... Read More...

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HAZMAT: Chemical Suicide The Problem, the Response and the Potential Collateral Damage

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 ... Read More...

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Issue 29.3 | Winter 2015

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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