Preplanning Gases at Industrial Sites

11/01/2008
BY ERIC G. BACHMANUnderstanding the hazards that await you at industrial sites is part of preincident preparedness. What fire officers know before an emergency allows them to be better prepared. By obtaining essential information and conducting training on site-specific hazards and determining resource needs and their procurement, fire department leaders increase the chances of a successful outcome and firefighter survival. Preparedness efforts, however, should not focus solely on target hazards that present obvious operational challenges.Firefighters may perceive certain occupancies as low hazard or low risk. This perception can lead to complacency, with the result that preparedness effo...

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