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Harris County Public Information Officer Re-Appointed to FCC Committee

Wed, Aug 26, 2015

Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Public Information Officer, Francisco Sánchez, Jr. has been re-appointed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue serving on the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). 

Labelmaster Offers 2016 Edition of Emergency Response Guidebook

Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Labelmaster offers the 2016 edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) -- a must have for anyone who handles or transports dangerous goods (hazardous materials). 

Tianjin Death Toll Continues to Grow

Sun, Aug 16, 2015

Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 on Sunday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination

Fire Sends Smoke Skyward at Tianjin (China) Site

Sat, Aug 15, 2015

Fires shot plumes of black smoke into the sky Saturday at the site of a chemical warehouse in Tianjin, China, where explosions earlier this week killed at least 85 people

Washington Chlorine Accident Leaves Eight in Critical Condition

Thu, Aug 13, 2015

That’s how Spokane, Washington, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer described crews arriving Wednesday knowing that dangerous levels of chlorine gas were in the air, people inside were in desperate need of help, and there was no hazardous materials team on their tail to make sure it was safe to go in.

How Phoenix Fire Department Improves Training

Tue, Aug 4, 2015

Captain Jeff Zientek shared with us how the HazSim training improves response times and decision making. 

New Hurricane PSAs Urge Residents to Prepare

Wed, Jul 29, 2015

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has produced new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) urging hurricane preparedness.


Firefighter Injured at Pasadena Courthouse Fire

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Fire crews found various hazardous materials containers while responding to a small fire in a storage room at the Pasadena Courthouse early Monday, prompting a HazMat response that temporarily shut down the surrounding area.

SC Firefighters, Hazmat Crews Secure Ammonia Leak

Fri, Jul 24, 2015

Columbia firefighters and hazmat crews responded to a gas leak at the Tyson processing plant on Bluff Road early Friday morning.

Harris County (TX) Social Media Exercise Helps Prepare Responders for Disaster

Tue, Jul 21, 2015

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is hosting a social media disaster exercise on Wednesday, July 22nd at Houston TranStar. 

Washington D.C. Metro Adds Fire Liaison Staffer to 'Nerve Center'

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

Metro has added a fire/rescue liaison to its "nerve center" following the fatal smoke incident in January.

VIDEO: TX Crews Extinguish Fire After Barges Collide

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

Fire crews have put out a fire that broke out aboard a barge after it collided with another barge near Galveston. The fire erupted on the barge carrying about a million gallons of the petroleum product naphtha.

Japanese Firefighter Shares Experiences With Yakima County (WA)

Sat, Jul 18, 2015

Few countries know how to deal with widespread disaster better than Japan, and on Thursday, Japanese firefighter Junichi Matsuo told his Yakima Valley counterparts what it was like to respond to the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 13,000 people

See Center for Domestic Preparedness Training in Action on YouTube

Sat, Jul 4, 2015

Responders interested in training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness can now view video descriptions of courses, as well as news stories and podcasts on CDP training and events on YouTube.

Thousands Go Home After Tennessee Train Fire Forced Evacuation

Fri, Jul 3, 2015

About 5,000 residents evacuated after the derailment of a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas in eastern Tennessee were allowed home on Friday as investigators looked into the cause of the fiery accident.

Fire Burning After Hazardous Rail Spill in Tennessee

Thu, Jul 2, 2015

A fire continued to burn Thursday afternoon at the site where a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, and officials said firefighters have been trying to keep neighboring rail cars cool as they make efforts to move them away from the flames

Free Training Materials for Transportation Rail Incidents

Sat, Jun 27, 2015

A firefighter has been taken to a Flagstaff hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation after a mobile home fire in Doney Park.

Buffalo (NY) Firefighters Respond to Train vs. Tractor-Trailer Collision

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

On June 23. 2015 at approximately 10 a.m., Buffalo (NY) firefighters responded with a full first-alarm assignment to a reported collision between a train and tractor-trailer. Kevin Brautlacht has photos from the scene.

200 Columbia City (IN) Homes Evacuated After Factory Fire

Sun, Jun 14, 2015

A Columbia City fire left workers and residents in the dark last night, with many being evacuated from their homes.

Deutsche Messe and Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Announce Cooperation

Sat, Jun 13, 2015

On Friday, June 5, Hannover Fairs Australia (an Australian subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG) and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) finalized a partnership agreement for a new exhibition in Australia.

Indianapolis Firefighters Extinguish Commercial Fire

Fri, Jun 5, 2015

Indianapolis firefighters responded Thursday to a reported fire at Leed Thermal Processing Inc.

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