Hazmat Survival Tips: Terrorism, Sabotage, and Accidents -- Is There a Difference?

By Steve De LisiAlthough there are several definitions for the term “terrorism,” one that is relevant to first responders can be found in U.S. Code Title 22, which states that, “terrorism means a premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents.” The results from these acts of violence include a large number of casualties; fires; structural collapse; and possible exposure of victims and first responders to chemical, biological, or nuclear materials.Although the potential for these types of incidents is a concern for first responders, it is important to remember that an act of terroris...

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