Training

Are you delivering your training in the ‘Life Saving Zone’?

If your students are not ‘picking up what you are putting down’ are you aware of that? In every AAR (after action review) that I have ever been to, problems with communication ranks in the top three of “what went wrong”.  Often the source of frustration is blamed on equipment or new technology or both.  Despite all contributing factors, the ...

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Fumigation tent kills bugs but attracts burglars – HazMat Response considerations

  There has been a noticeable uptick across the country of residential burglaries in homes undergoing fumigation. Since the thieves know that no one is home, and their conduct inside the home is obscured by the tent, criminals don respirators and risk the dangerous atmosphere to steal the unsuspecting homeowners belongings. I spoke with representatives from law enforcement in the ...

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DOT Hazard Placards

DOT Hazard Placards Every good firefighter fries onions plus roasts chicken monthly!   How do you remember them?  There are many variations of the above.   Take the Quiz!  Test your DOT Placard Knowledge

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Firefighters burn off propane leak – Is your team prepared?

According to the Minuteman News Center (10/21/15): The Westport Fire Department responded to a report of a “gas leak” at a residence on Red Coat Road  Saturday at 5:24 p.m.. Upon arrival, firefighters located an underground propane tank leaking gas adjacent to the driveway.  Firefighters set up a precautionary hose line and metered the area. The incident commander determined that ...

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Historic Chemistry Lab With Links To Thomas Jefferson Discovered Behind Wall

Source/reposted: NPR.org  BRAKKTON BOOKER A hidden chemistry lab was unearthed by a worker doing renovations to the iconic Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and school officials say the room is directly linked to the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, who helped design the building. The “chemical hearth,” which dates back to the 1820s, is thought to be one of ...

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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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