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Peer Support: The missing piece of the mental health puzzle

4 hours 24 minutes ago
Originally published on EMS1 Sometimes, a first responder may just want to talk to a peer who has walked in their shoes, and can provide understanding and direction. Public safety has made great strides in recognizing the mental wellness challenges facing its members. Mental health is now a major, recurring topic in publications and at industry conferences. […]
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Woman killed, found inside tank in Cal Anderson Park

4 days ago
Originally published on KIRO 7. SEATTLE — A woman was found dead at Cal Anderson Park and a man who was a person of interest in her death was found dead hours later inside a tank at the pump station at the park. Seattle police detectives said they are investigating the death of the woman as […]
Ryan Henry

Firehouse Friday Chat – with Jack & Mack

4 days 9 hours ago
A Dual Nations Exclusive Each week Jack & Mack will answer your questions on any Hazmat and CBRNe matters. On Firehouse Friday they’ll meet to discuss an important topic in their own indomitable style! Last Firehouse Friday, we asked each to introduce themselves with their early recollections from their distinguished careers! Meet Jack – a […]
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Lack of applications leads to unprecedented move by FEMA!

5 days 2 hours ago
“Get your grants in for PPE!” An unprecedented recent announcement from FEMA  – it will be opening its Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program – COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) grant application period for a second round of funding.  The purpose of Assistance to Firefighters Grant-Supplemental (AFG-S) is to award grants directly to fire departments, non-affiliated EMS (NAEMS) […]
Kevin Cresswell

What did we learn from the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

1 week ago
Originally published on C&EN Early on the morning of April 21, 2010, Samantha “Mandy” Joye awoke to an ominous email. A colleague of hers was out on the Gulf of Mexico on board the R/V Pelican, one of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium’s research ships. In the distance, she could see smoke billowing into the sky. […]
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How to create a simple building evacuation diagram

1 week 1 day ago
Originally published on U.S Fire Administration In addition to exit signs that guide people to safety, some buildings — like hotels, hospitals, nursing homes and high-rise buildings — are required to post an evacuation diagram. These diagrams are critical to the safe evacuation of people during an emergency. However, there is no fire or building code […]
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Fire-adapted communities

1 week 1 day ago
Originally published on U.S Fire Administration What is a fire-adapted community? A human community consisting of informed and prepared citizens collaboratively planning and taking action to safely coexist with wildland fire through preparation. A fire-adapted community is where residents, agency partners, tribes, local elected officials, fire districts, public works departments, utilities, water districts, conservation and land […]
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CSB Issues New Type of Safety Product Entitled Dust Hazard Learning Review

1 week 1 day ago
Originally published on CSB September 10, 2020, Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a new contractor report stemming from the 2017 fatal dust explosion at the Didion Milling facility in Cambria, Wisconsin. The document entitled, “Dust Hazard Learning Review” produced for the CSB by Dynamic Inquiry LLC, gathered feedback […]
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Fentanyl — cheap, easy-to-make and deadly

2 weeks ago
Originally published on Stardem Its odorless, colorless, tasteless, cheap and easy to make. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, contributed to 523 deaths across Maryland in the first three months of this year. Dosed in several forms — both prescription and illicit — fentanyl has become widely […]
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Did EPA’s Non-Enforcement Policy Cause Lake Charles Chemical Plant Fire As COVID-Climate Disasters Pile Up?

2 weeks 1 day ago
Originally published on “Union of Concerned Scientists” In Westlake Louisiana, near Lake Charles, a chemical manufacturing plant fire last week increased the public health threat environmental justice communities are already facing. The fire released chlorine gas into the air, leading to a ‘stay at home’ order for residents who had not evacuated in anticipation of Hurricane Laura. […]
Ryan Henry

When it’s a 10-52 situation ….. Ricochet have your 6!

2 weeks 4 days ago
Ricochet has more than 25 years of experience producing sophisticated, high-tech gear for the rigorous and specialized needs of the military, industrial chemical workers and emergency first responders. Their exposure to the first responder needs has helped develop the skills, knowledge, and proven manufacturing techniques to provide the ultimate in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for […]
Kevin Cresswell

Inside Lebanon County EMS’ (mostly volunteer) hazmat team

2 weeks 6 days ago
Originally published on Leb Town It takes a special breed of person willing to protect the public’s safety as a hazmat first responder. Some characteristics, like being a caring and giving individual, are certainly shared by all 23 members who run with Lebanon County’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) agency — especially when you consider that […]
Staff Writer

Stay Compliant and Healthy Amidst the Pandemic With 49 CFR Training

3 weeks 6 days ago
Originally published on Hazmat University You may be aware that hazmat employees involved in transporting hazardous materials by highway/ground in the United States must follow the regulations listed in 49 CFR. You may also be aware that exporting and importing dangerous goods by air and sea requires compliance with international regulations in addition to 49 […]
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Protect Yourself and Your Family in a Radiation Emergency

3 weeks 6 days ago
Originally published on CDC Get inside. Stay Inside. Stay Tuned. Every day, we are exposed to small amounts of radiation from the sun and the earth. Radiation can affect the body in a number of ways, and the adverse health effects of exposure may not be apparent for many years. These can range from mild […]
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Preventing and Detecting Intentional Adulteration

3 weeks 6 days ago
Protecting Food Safety Goes Mobile Threats from terrorists, criminals and other anti-social groups who target the safety of the food supply are already a reality. Over the past thirty years, the possibility that chemical and biological agents and even radioactive materials might deliberately be used to harm civilian populations has been raised.  Intentional Adulteration or […]
Kevin Cresswell

SARS-COV-2 AND THE WAR AGAINST WMD (COVID-19 SERIES)

3 weeks 6 days ago
Originally published on WAR ROOM Any attempt to securitize a pandemic response must of course be mindful that a ‘war’ framework cannot be the only approach to fighting a pandemic, especially as our ‘fight’ is also against the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. The virus SARS-COV-2 may not be a biological weapon, but the effects of the […]
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The importance of collaboration in countering CBRNe threats

3 weeks 6 days ago
Originally published on Hazmatmag In what is a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging global environment, the importance of maintaining international cooperation in countering CBRNe threats has never been more crucial. The successful management of any form of cross-border hazard – be it biological, chemical, nuclear or otherwise – relies on targeted, sustained and collaborative action. The value […]
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The Struggle Against a WMD Black Market

4 weeks ago
Originally published on Fairobserver by Mohammed Al Saif  As of August 12, over 746,000 have died as a result of COVID-19 worldwide, with infections topping 20 million. Some experts are talking about the beginning of de-globalization, and economists are predicting a recession worse than the Great Depression. Both American defense and intelligence communities have stated that it does not believe COVID-19 […]
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IN DEFENSE OF ‘WMD’: A WAR OF WORDS AND THE CHALLENGE OF SWARMS

4 weeks 1 day ago
Originally published on WAR ON THE ROCKS The decision to invade Iraq was among the most controversial (and arguably worst) foreign policy decisions in modern American history. For many, the term “weapons of mass destruction” is inseparable from the war, motivated or justified as it was by fears that al-Qaeda would acquire Iraq’s weapons of mass […]
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