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HazMatNation in Fire Engineering

HMN-The November 2017 and 2018 issues of Fire Engineering have been particularly exciting for the contributors of HazMatNation.  In 2017, HMN founder Phil Ambrose had his article “The Gray Area: Firefighter Rescue and Hazmat” (Read HERE) which segwayed into his popular FDIC classroom session by the same name. Recently, in the November 2018 issue of Fire Engineering, two more HazMatNation contributors ...

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Developing a Hazardous Materials Based Clandestine Lab Team-NFPA 472

Developing a Strategy for a Multiagency Hazardous Materials Response:  Clandestine Drug Laboratories-NFPA 472  By Michael Shedd   Clandestine Laboratories, trafficking, and production whether narcotic or explosive based in nature, continue to be an issue nationwide with production types varying in type. From residential structures, hotels, schools, shops or in vehicles there is no limit on these hazards. Since the mid ...

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Underground drilling may have caused deadly Colorado blasts

Colorado

(CBS) AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Workers drilling underground pathways struck buried natural gas lines at a senior living community in east suburban Denver shortly before a fatal explosion that burned several homes. Aurora Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sherri-Jo Stowell tells The Denver Post firefighters were at Heather Gardens Friday investigating a gas leak when the explosion occurred. The blast killed 82-year-old ...

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Chemical odor sends one to hospital in Wisconssin

Chemical

(Channel 3000) MADISON, Wis. – One person was taken to the hospital Monday morning after inhaling fumes while working in a community clubhouse on Madison’s south side, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department. Emergency crews were called around 8:30 a.m. to Highland Manor at 10 Malibur Drive for reports of a noxious odor that caused the custodian ...

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1 killed after hazardous waste disposal site explosion

Explosion

(Spokesman) BOISE – An explosion Saturday at a hazardous waste site in southwestern Idaho killed one worker, injured three others and heavily damaged a building, officials said. US Ecology, which runs the site, said Monte “Alex” Green of Grand View, Idaho, died of his injuries from the explosion at 9:23 a.m. inside one of the buildings at the facility. Green ...

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Post fire DECON kits becoming more common on the fireground

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(WFLA) WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – Firefighters in Winter Haven are taking extra precautions when it comes to reducing chemical contamination and the risk of cancer. The Winter Haven Fire Department recently obtained post-fire decontamination kits that will “play an integral role in preventing the cancer risk that firefighters face.” They came from the University of Miami through a grant, ...

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In-Situ burn scheduled for Louisiana oil spill

Fuel oil

(KATC) The Coast Guard, state, and federal agencies are responding to a crude oil spill in the marsh near Dulac. The spill happened Thursday afternoon; authorities believed that about 420 gallons of crude oil spilled from a flow line owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Corporation was dumped into an unnamed marsh in the Lake Paige Oil and Gas Field. A ...

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Mother plans to sue EPA over sons death involving chemicals

Chemical

(Tennesseean) A Tennessee mother is taking steps to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for apparently failing to finalize a ban on a chemical that killed her 21-year-old son last year. Wendy Hartley “joined forces” with several other parties and submitted a notice of intent to file suit against the EPA on Oct. 31, aiming to push the agency to ban methylene ...

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Potential food product causes HAZMAT response in Virginia

food hazmat

(NBC 12) RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A hazmat team responded to the Patrick Henry Building on Friday morning for what investigators believe was a food product. Two employees in a first-floor office opened a letter and found contents they deemed to be suspicious, prompting the hazmat response shortly after 10 a.m. The substance, which has not been positively identified, was ...

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Explosion levels Floriston home

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(KOLO) FLORISTON, Calif. (KOLO)– An explosion blew up a vacant home in Floriston Wednesday and damaged windows on a dozen nearby homes, said Nick Brown, a public information officer with the Truckee Fire Protection District. The blast leveled the home and sent debris from the home into trees. No one was in the home and there were no injuries from ...

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