Training

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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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 ...

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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)

Propane Tank Response 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 ...

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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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