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Hazmat Survival Tips: Equipment Concerns for First Responders

08/20/2009
Beyond the Rule of ThumbSurvival Tip 43By Steven De LisiYour fire station is dispatched to a report of a diesel fuel leak from a tractor trailer. Arriving on-scene as the officer with the first-due engine, you discover that the truck attempted to make a sharp turn in a shopping center parking lot. While doing so, the bottom of the fuel tank struck the concrete curb of a median causing a gash about three inches in length. As a steady stream of fuel spills from the tank, you notice it traveling toward a nearby storm drain. You know that the drain leads to a creek behind the shopping center, which in turn leads to a major waterway a few miles downstream. As a first responder trained to the o...

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