Hazmat Survival Tips: Emergency Response to an Incident Involving Radioactive Materials

01/19/2009
Beyond the Rule of ThumbSurvival Tip 36by Steven De LisiThis edition features a summary of a real-world hazardous materials incident. It's not simply a "war story" but an example that demonstrates that incidents with a "favorable outcome" result from the deliberate actions of first responders before and during the incident. A first responder once offered his view of safety on the fireground: "I'd rather be lucky than good." Unfortunately, luck can only carry you so far on this job-the rest is up to you.In this particular incident, a local fire department and its hazardous materials team were dispatched to a construction site for an accident involving a soil moisture-density gauge. The de...

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