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Proper Care and Maintenance of Your Blue Canaries

Early this year, my hazmat response unit was dispatched with local law enforcement to a postal facility for an intentional release of an unknown white powder. Law enforcement arrived on scene first a... Read More...

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Risk-Based Decontamination: No, That’s Not a Typographical Error SIXTY ONE DELTA ONE

All hazardous materials response personnel trained to the technician level and above should be well versed in the concept of risk-based response, as it is a concept that has been prevalent in use in ... Read More...

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Community Risk Reduction in the Hazmat World

A concept that is paramount in today’s fire service community is that of community risk reduction, or CRR.  Read More...

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Hazardous Materials Course Changes at the National Fire Academy

In March 2018, a Hazardous Materials Curriculum Review was held at the National Fire Academy (NFA).  Read More...

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You’ve Found Yourself Assigned to the Hazardous Materials Response Unit

So, you’ve found yourself assigned to the Hazardous Materials response unit. Congratulations. Now what? As you prepare for your new role, you’ll hear differing viewpoints on the subject of ... Read More...

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Hazardous Materials Certifications What’s In Your Wallet?

Very few of you reading this article joined the fire department to respond to hazardous materials incidents. Most members of Hazardous Materials Teams, this author included, didn’t join the fire depa... Read More...

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Dealing with Gases

The Department of Transportation’s Hazard Class Two contains all of the gases. There are many definitions of what exactly a gas is, but one of the easiest to understand is that used by Merriam Webste... Read More...

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Revisiting Radiologicals: The Basics of Radioactive Hazardous Materials

Many Hazmat Technicians and Specialists make the comment that “I do not do radioactives” — sometimes even with a few unprintable words thrown in. Radiological hazardous materials seem to elicit such ... Read More...

Relevant Tags: HAZMAT 2019: SIXTY ONE DELTA ONE

North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Teams

North Carolina is one of several states in the country who have adopted a regional response template for hazardous materials response. Maintaining the capability to respond to hazardous materials inc... Read More...

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Turning it Around: Taking the Dread Out of the Dreaded Hazmat Refresher Course

I usually start out annual required hazmat refresher training with the statement “Welcome to your annual hazmat refresher class!” In return, the class members often respond with groans and less than ... Read More...

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2018 Hazmat Challenge Competition

The North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders held its annual HazMat Challenge at the 2018 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Conference in Raleigh in August. After attending the class “Em... Read More...

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Building Relationships Public Sector/Private Sector Partnerships

Quite often we — the collective “we” meaning public sector hazmat responders — become ensconced in our own hazmat response worlds and therefore also become somewhat isolated from the entire “big pict... Read More...

Relevant Tags: HAZMAT 2017: SIXTY ONE DELTA ONE

How to Make the Right Decision When Making Your Gas Monitoring Purchase

Do you know the total cost of your gas monitoring program? From initial purchase, testing, maintenance, repair, training and finally replacement, it’s probably much more than you think! Most people i... Read More...

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Adaptive Leadership in the Hazmat World

One of the greatest leaps we make in our hazmat career is the progression from operations level responder to hazmat technician.  This progression is viewed as a technical challenge, as it involves th... Read More...

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There’s No Place Like Foam

When it comes to hazardous materials, the one class that you will come in contact with more than any other is DOT Hazard Class 3, Flammable Liquids. Flammable liquids include materials such as gasoli... Read More...

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