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HazSim “making it real”

2 weeks 2 days ago
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 […]
Phil Ambrose

Begin With The End In Mind Part 2: D.E.C.I.D.E.

2 weeks 3 days ago
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.
Josh Fowler

Simulation: Hidden Dangers and Hazmat

2 weeks 4 days ago
Originally published by Fire Engineering This module focuses on the hidden dangers of a hazardous materials incident and the dynamics that affect a first-due company’s response. The aim of this is to provide the basics for you to expand your training arsenal to your district and your company’s target hazards. This is merely a springboard […]
Staff Writer

Success in leadership

2 weeks 5 days ago
A leader is only as good as their team and if their team is supported properly the entire group will overcome barriers much easier than if it were every person for themselves.    
Ryan Henry

Training For Reality

3 weeks 3 days ago
“In no other profession are the penalties for employing untrained personnel so appalling or so irrevocable”  – Douglas MacArthur, 1933. An assessment team jump starts the exercise by entering a suspected contaminated area to detect possible chemical agents, assess and report damage to critical infrastructure, and identify any possible chemical casualties who needed first aid […]
Kevin Cresswell

Hazmat training: The smart and the strong.

3 weeks 4 days ago
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 […]
Ryan Henry

The History of HazMat

3 weeks 6 days ago
The history of hazardous materials goes back as far as man can imagine chemicals being in existence. We have come a long way over the years and have had many major events, developments and breakthroughs in technology to get us where we are today.
Michael Shedd

A guide to the four levels of Hazardous Materials (HazMat) response

1 month ago
Originally published on HazmatMag Hazardous materials that are mishandled, incorrectly transported or used with malicious intent, can pose a substantial risk to human health and the environment. How effectively hazardous materials (HazMat) incidents are managed and resolved hinges on the knowledge, training and skill of those charged with response. In this article we examine the […]
Kevin Cresswell

Toxicity in obscurants- Smoke Grenades!

1 month ago
Written by Kevin Cresswell Introduction Obscurants are anthropogenic or naturally occurring particles suspended in air that block or weaken the transmission of particular parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, such as visible and infrared radiation or microwaves. Smokes are produced by burning or vaporizing some product.  Since World War II, Hexachloroethane (HC) screening smoke grenades have […]
Kevin Cresswell

Responding to Illicit Clandestine Laboratories: Methamphetamine Basics Part 1

1 month 1 week ago
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 […]
Michael Shedd

Law Enforcement Decon

1 month 1 week ago
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 […]
Michael Shedd

Hands-on HazMat Drills – Stop the leak!

1 month 1 week ago
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 downrange in the hot zone to ‘stop that leak’ may face physically demanding and challenging manipulative tasks while also wearing hot, humid, and cumbersome […]
Phil Ambrose

Industrial fire training helmet cam

1 month 2 weeks ago
Industrial fire fighting is intense and requires coordination with all hose lines like no other type of firefighting.  Watch here how industrial firefighters get it done.  Thanks to our editor Ryan Henry for the awesome footage. https://youtu.be/n0L84uhbnnA
Ryan Henry

Heroin Highways: From China White to Mexican Mud to Atlanta Snow – A 10,112 Mile Wide Problem

1 month 4 weeks ago
In the first edition of this series of clandestine lab response, we covered methamphetamine-related clandestine lab responses and some sampling/manufacturing methods. Today, we are shifting towards the ever-growing opioid issue, specifically discussing heroin and fentanyl along with various other drugs. First, let’s start with some background of current and past trends in the illicit and […]
Michael Shedd

NTSB Offers Safety Recommendations After Dallas Girl Killed in 2018 Home Explosion

3 months 1 week ago
Originally published by NBCDFW Federal regulators revealed new natural gas safety recommendations just shy of three years since a deadly home explosion in Dallas killed a child. On the morning of Feb. 23, 2018, a video recorded by 12-year-old Linda ‘Michelita’ Rogers showed her up and excitedly getting ready for a cheerleading competition when disaster […]
Staff Writer

HFD responds to gas explosion at Houston Federation of Teachers building

3 months 1 week ago
Originally published by abc13 HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Houston Fire Department is responding to a developing scene at the Houston Federation of Teacher’s building in southeast Houston. The building is located on the 2700 block of Sutherland Street. The president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, Zeph Capo, told ABC13 there was a gas […]
Staff Writer

Road reopened after hazmat crews respond to ‘large’ gas line break in Aurora

3 months 1 week ago
Originally published by FOX DENVER AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — Crews responded Tuesday afternoon to a natural gas line break in Aurora. According to Aurora Fire Rescue, the break occurred near the intersection of East 57th Avenue and North Dunkirk Street. The area is about 3 miles southwest of Denver International Airport. Residents in the immediate […]
Staff Writer

EPA Publishes 2019 Annual Toxics Release Inventory Report and Analysis

3 months 1 week ago
Originally published by EPA BOSTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 2019 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which shows that EPA and companies that manage chemicals continue to make progress in preventing pollution. The report shows that between 2018 and 2019 total releases of TRI chemicals decreased by 9 percent. For […]
Staff Writer
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