Training

AMMONIA RELEASE INCIDENT – PLAN OF ACTION

There have been several Ammonia incidents so far this year across the U.S. and in Canada.   Here are some tips to be prepared. Plan of action – Identify hot zone by geographic boundaries and monitor as wind or weather changes, establish the following Groups-Hazard Group: Oversee hazmat portion of incident, Recon, Research, Decon, Entry & Backup, Safety, Medical. Attempt ...

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Heads up HazMat in Scottsdale

Scottsdale AZ – Interesting call worth sharing to keep everyone safe.  Jeff Zientek, HazMat Captain and author of the very easy to use HazMat Field Operations Guide shared the following information. The dispatch was for a hazardous situation and this is what the Engine Company found.   Captain Zientek asks the question: Does this send off any alarm bells for ...

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Hydroflouric Acid aka ‘The Bone Seeker’

Surveillance video from July 19, 2009, fire and explosion at the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery from Youtube/ Risk Prom Related: Potential Catastrophe could have gassed Los Angeles Tech Ref Info: Hydrofluoric acid Chemical Compound Hydrofluoric acid is a solution of hydrogen fluoride in water. It is a precursor to almost all fluorine compounds, including pharmaceuticals such as fluoxetine, diverse materials such ...

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See What Rocket Fuel Does To Gloves – from io9.com

Great chemical awareness training information from: http://io9.com When handling this chemical, wearing certain kinds of gloves might actually be a danger. Here’s how rocket fuel makes a standard lab safety item go up in flames. Nitric acid, HNO3, is not something you want on your hands. It burns your fingers and it leaves distinctive yellow stains. Nitric acid is not even ...

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Hands-on HazMat Drills – Stop the leak!

A Hazardous Materials Response team may be faced with many challenges.  One of those challenges is stopping a dangerous chemical leak when no other options are available. The HazMat team going down range in the hotzone to ‘stop that leak’ may face physically demanding and challenging manipulative tasks while also wearing hot, humid, and cumbersome PPE.  The only way to ...

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Propane Tank Response – Case Study (Size-up Sunday)

Response to report of leaking propane cylinder, what do you do? This could be a hazmat, single engine, or full assignment response depending on dispatch – you are first in. Park at safe distance, up wind and not becoming an ignition source – check En route fire up gas monitor, if you have one, and make sure it is done in ...

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Size-up Sunday – Dikes and dams

How often does your team practice how to dam, divert, dike, and safely control and contain liquids and prevent extension of your HazMat? Do you carry maps of the local waterways? Have you drilled with your local Coast Guard, Fish and Game, or any other stakeholders who may arrive at your scene? If your team was committed to shutting off ...

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Subway chemical incident drill set for Tuesday – Boston

According to Felicia Gans of the Boston Globe: South Boston residents can expect increased police activity Tuesday morning as public safety and transportation agencies carry out chemical incident drills. The exercise will train authorities on how to respond if there is a chemical release in a subway station. Agencies including the MBTA, along with Boston police, fire, and Emergency Medical ...

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Dangers of Meth Labs – from the USDA Forest Service

With crews from all over the nation heading West to battle the wild fires it may be a good time to review general Meth Lab dangers. It is not uncommon to run across booby trapped grow operations as well as Meth Labs out in remote areas where firefighters may venture for suppression duties. Here is an article from the USDA ...

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Size-up Sunday – Tech Ref

What are you using for your atmospheric monitoring and tech Ref? Back in the day technical reference was mostly printed references based on regulatory data.  Now we have electronic references, plume air modeling, and probably the most used if available….google. What is your primary reference?  Do you have a back-up?  Does your team know your plan?  Do you perform tech ...

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