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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...

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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...

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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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National Stop The Bleed Day Don’t Throw Away the Basics

Accidents and trauma are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States.    The top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. 20% of people who have died from traumatic injuries coul... Read More...

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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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Issue 33.3 | Winter 2018

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