Tools and Equipment

Middletown prepared for any railroad accident involving hazardous materials, official says

From Courier Times By Chris English, staff writer Railroads are the safest way to transport crude oil and other hazardous materials, Middletown Fire Marshal-Emergency Manager Jim McGuire said during a presentation to the township supervisors at Tuesday night’s meeting. The statistics bear it out, he continued. According to McGuire’s presentation, in 2014, 99.999 percent of United States rail hazmat shipments ...

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First picture of Philly HazMat 1

First picture of @PhillyFireDept Hazmat 1 @pfdcommish @IAFF22 @PhillyFireNews @BillyGoldfeder @FireApparatus1 pic.twitter.com/TvL9NoVPHn — Robert Corrigan (@PFDDepCommish) December 3, 2015

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MnDOT Considering Drones to Help with Minn. Bridge Inspections

Source: ABC 5 Updated: 09/28/2015 6:12 PM Created: 09/28/2015 5:33 PM KSTP.com By: Ellen Galles Engineers at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) are testing to see if drones could be safer and cheaper for some types of bridge inspections. Drones can collect still photos and video through GPS coordinates. Those images help engineers look for corrosion, cracks or anything ...

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Seeing is believing – LAPD HMU gets close look in the HotZone

  The Los Angeles Police Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit (HMU) is a highly specialized team consisting of police officers from varying Los Angeles Police Department backgrounds.  The team is comprised of seven Hazmat Specialist Officers (HSO) and is headed by an Officer-in-Charge (OIC) sergeant.  The HMU is an integral component of the LAPD’s Counter-Terrorism response capability, specializing in Weapons of Mass ...

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CSB releases safety video on ammonia release

From CSB: Washington – The Chemical Safety Board has produced a seven-minute video to help employers prevent potentially deadly anhydrous ammonia incidents. The agency produced the video after investigating a release of more than 32,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia at Millard Refrigerated Services in Theodore, AL, in 2010. More than 150 offsite workers were exposed to the chemical and 32 ...

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Confined Space Rescue – Case Study – Part 3

Editors Note:  This is Part 3 of a multipart series of training points learned from an actual incident.   Click here for Part 1, and here for Part 2 of article, above is video of incident.   We start this article with a review and key points to consider.   On August 25, 2014 a worker entered a 3’x3’ entrance to an approximately ...

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HazMat Situational Awareness – Making sense of scent

It is not that we as hazmatters want to smell a chemical agent but that we as professionals better know what it smells like. Besides PPE problems such as suit breakthrough or poorly fitting mask another good reason to have an idea of the scents that are associated with the bad stuff is the valuable information we receive from our ...

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