We were so impressed with Colorado’s Boulder County Hazmat Team when we featured them in Hazmatters this past summer, that we wanted a deeper dive into how they train. Instructor Neil Sheets obliged by pulling back the curtain for us to have a peek at how this young hazmat team tackles the demands of training […]
In this short video clip, I walk you through a quick overview of my class at this year’s FDIC helping firefighters and officers understand when to wait for the hazmat team and when to take initial steps themselves. Most often, assembling a hazmat team takes time. And that’s time viable victims don’t have. Here are […]
HazSim Pro training system has been used to train across the U.S since 2011. Trainers in HazMat and Confined Space realized that ‘tapping the student on the shoulder’ was NOT effective training. This system uses NO hazardous materials and, although it may not look exactly like your front line meter, shows the important data which all […]
Beginning with the end in mind is nothing new, nor is it an original idea. The information shared with me falls along similar lines; only this time, the event is viewed as a motion picture. Because everyone learns differently, and while I may share an analogy or idea in certain terms, it may not hit the mark with everyone. Whereas if someone else can share the same thought or idea differently, it may be better understood.
We talk about perseverance every time we face a struggle. It seems that it has become a daily topic of conversation during this trying time in our lives. With that being said, I pose the question, what does perseverance mean to you, and can you train perseverance? Many explanations of perseverance point to overcoming an […]
In the first part of a series of articles, a growing issue in the haz-mat community that is a rising trend in the southern states involving response to clandestine lab operations, especially pertaining to the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine. “Methamphetamine, (A.K.A. crystal meth, crank, ice) a particularly potent and highly addictive chemical stimulant, can be […]
Decontamination for Law Enforcement Operations By Michael Shedd When we look at the scope of various hazardous materials operations, the last thing most team members want to be assigned to is the decon section of the haz-mat branch. Let’s face it, why would we want to stand around and wash people off? Decontamination is by no means where […]