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Globally Harmonized System      

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.


Hazmat Equipment & Training Articles

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...
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...

Ethanol Safety Seminars Scheduled for Two Tennessee Cities

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), in partnership with the Knoxville & Holston River Railroad and Nashville &...

Senators Collins and Murray Introduce Bill to Increase Safety Resources for Short Line Rail

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Patty Murray (D-Washington), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Appropr...

Hoarding Suspected in Fatal Connecticut Home Collapse

A 66-year-old woman was found dead under a pile of debris in her home in Cheshire, Connecticut.

Complete References for 'Questioning Spinal Stabilization'

A complete list of reference for Rommie Duckworth's June 2014 Fire Engineering article, "Questioning Spinal Stab...

Hazmat Response to Virginia Tractor-Trailer Fire

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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.


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.


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

Cause of Fire at Williston (ND) Company Unknown

Authorities are unable to say what caused a large industrial fire in Williston to ignite.


RIT Operations: Making the Stairs

Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Department Firefighter Donald L. Wedding offers this Tradidions Training drill which focuses on the sublevel removal of a downed firefighter.

Structural Firefighting

KS Department Fights Third Fire in Three Days

Manhattan Fire Department firefighters were called to battle a fire less than a block away from a fire they fought the night before early Wednesday morning.

Wildland Firefighting

CO Wildfire Grows to 8,000 Acres

The Alkali Fire was first reported on private land 14 miles north of Maybell in Moffat County.


New Handheld Radiation Detector Offers Enhanced Threat Detection

Security professionals who are responsible for ensuring public safety by detecting, locating and identifying radiological threats can now simplify and accelerate their work using a new handheld radiation detector with nuclide identification capabilities.


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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DEUS Rescue Introduces New Line of Harnesses

July 24, 2014 DEUS Rescue, a provider of innovative vertical rescue solutions, today introduced its new line of rescue harnesses, t...

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