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What Is The Globally Harmonized System?


Eric Bachman writes that firefighters need to become acquainted with the Globally Harmonized System for the classification and labeling of chemicals.

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NTSB: New Jersey Train Derailment and Hazardous Material Release Caused by Lack of Crew Training to Identify Locked Bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined today the probable cause of a derailment at Paulsboro Brid...

Open Road for Hazmat Trucking in New York Outside of New York City

For the first time in 14 years, federal officials have updated the nation's list of roadways where states restrict th...

Apply for Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award

More than 25 million people around the world boldly, selflessly, and courageously engage in fire safety and disaster ...

Crude Oil By Rail Information and Hazards

Jeff Simpson discusses the response tactics firefighters should employ when responding to these hazardous materials i...

New Handheld Radiation Detector Offers Enhanced Threat Detection

Security professionals who are responsible for ensuring public safety by detecting, locating and identifying radiolog...

WI Firefighters Respond to Reported Ammonia Leak

Fond du Lac firefighters responded to Laack Cold Storage after someone reported smelling ammonia in the area around 1...

Slow Response to ND Oil Company Fire Raises Concerns

The explosion and fire that started around midnight Monday and raged for much of Tuesday at the Red River Supply plan...

The Dangers of Hoarder Fires

The dangers don't stop when the fire goes out, writes Ryan Pennington.

Obama Signs Emergency Disaster Declaration for WA Wildfires

The president's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide assistance for emerge...

Florida Departments Reconsider Hazmat as Grant Funding Decreases

Marion County Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials crews have responded to reports of a fishy white powder in local gove...

IAFC's Metcalf: "major problems" with grant proposal

Bill Metcalf, International Association of Fire Chiefs president and chairman of the board, identified "major pr...
Fire Crews Battle 2-Alarm Lancaster (PA) Fire

Fire Crews Battle 2-Alarm Lancaster (PA) Fire

An electrical fire heavily damaged a building Monday evening at High Steel Structures Inc. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Vacant Rochester (NY) Commercial Structure Linked to Terrorism Burns

Vacant Rochester (NY) Commercial Structure Linked to Terrorism Case Burns

Firefighters responded to a fire Sunday evening in a vacant structure whose owner is suspected of being involved in t...

Former Cleveland Firefighter Sentenced for Stealing Hazmat Equipment

A former Cleveland firefighter was placed on probation Monday for stealing hazardous material equipment from the city...

Report: New Boston Fire Commissioner Named

The Boston Globe reports that longtime Boston Deputy Chief Joseph E. Finn will succeed Roderick J. Fraser Jr. as fire...

Employees of Cleveland Company Evacuated After HAZMAT Scare

Firefighters Battle Flames at Michigan Pool Company

Firefighters from several fire departments along with a hazmat team battle a fire in a pool equipment warehouse facil...

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SURVIVAL ZONE

Firefighter Technology Roundup: USAR Locator and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technology that may be of interest to firefighters, including a locator for urban search and rescue operations, wall-scaling technology, and a tool for increasing situational awareness over expansive fire scenes, such as in wildland firefighting.

SUBURBAN FIREFIGHTING

Big Storms, Big Emergencies

In this course, discuss the reason unusual conditions lead to unusual problems during big storms and discover how to preplan with your local utility. Learn the hazards bystanders pose to first responders and how to identify critical and dangerous infrastructure in your area.

First Due Battalion Chief

First-Due Battalion Chief: Information Is Vital

When it comes to firefighting in modern buildings, building construction information can go a long way toward keeping firefighters safe, Dan Sheridan writes.

From the Jumpseat

From the Jumpseat: The Safety/Identity Conflict

Do the stories that make up how firefighters think of themselves actually make it more difficult for them to operate safely on the fireground? Mark J. Cotter reviews a scientific study that says yes.

Dunn's Dispatch

Dunn's Dispatch: Rekindle Fires

Preventing a rekindle is a team responsibility. Vincent Dunn discusses the implications of a rekindle and the importance of overhaul operations.

Engine

Challenges to Implementing PPA: Q&A

American Fork (UT) Fire & Rescue Chief Kriss Garcia recently conducted a Webcast entitled "Challenges to Implementing PPA." Here are his responses to some questions asked during the presentation.

Industrial Firefighting

Kimtek's MEDLITE Transport a Perfect Fit for 2014 Yamaha Viking

In its new lineup of larger side-by-side utility vehicles, Yamaha Motor Corporation has introduced the 2014 Yamaha Viking, a new UTV model that readily accommodates the Kimtek MEDLITE Transport skid units.

RIT

Firefighters Escape Close Call in Wind-Driven Fire

Five members of the Boise (ID) Fire Department narrowly avoid being buried in a structural collapse.

Structural Firefighting

Woman Dies in CA High-Rise Fire

A body was found in one-alarm fire in a high-rise building near the San Francisco Golf Club Friday morning.

Wildland Firefighting

Fire Threatens Homes Near Grants Pass (OR)

Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire that threatened seven rural homes in drought-parched woods about 15 miles southwest of Grants Pass.

HAZMAT

NTSB: New Jersey Train Derailment and Hazardous Material Release Caused by Lack of Crew Training to Identify Locked Bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined today the probable cause of a derailment at Paulsboro Bridge in New Jersey, which resulted in a hazardous material release.

PREINCIDENT INTELLIGENCE

Responsibility and Response Ability, Part 2

If a fire department does not know its responsibilities, the effectiveness of its response ability will be hampered, and responder safety will be compromised, writes Eric G. Bachman.

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