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Situational Awareness for the Modern Responder

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Responders from departments of all sizes need to prepare and train regularly to handle situations involving bombings, weapons of mass destruction, active shooters, and even everyday instances that escalate into unexpected dangers, writes James Kutz.

Regional Exercise to Test Emergency Preparedness for a Mass Casualty Incident

Mon, Apr 13, 2015

The SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) will be hosting its annual RHPC (Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition) CMOC (Catastrophic Medical Operation Center) functional exercise April 14-16 at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Hazmat: Initial Actions and Chemical Assessment

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

How do you translate stats on how the hazardous material will behave into strategy and tactics? Kristina Kreutzer

Community Hazards and Vulnerabilities and the Fire Service

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Each fire department should complete a hazard and vulnerability analysis with its emergency management authority and law enforcement partners using the above process for its community, writes Mark Wallace.

CSB Releases Report on Tenth Anniversary of Tragic Explosion and Fire at BP Texas City Refinery

Mon, Mar 23, 2015

Today the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety message to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the accident at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, that killed 15 workers and injured 180 others. In the message Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso emphasizes the need for continued safety improvements across industry in order to prevent similar accidents from occurring.

Florida Firefighters Extinguish Four-Alarm Warehouse Fire

Thu, Mar 5, 2015

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews have put out a 4-alarm fire at a warehouse in Opa-locka, after nearly three hours of battling the flames.

Smiths Detection Expert to Present at International Association of Fire Chiefs 2015 Hazmat Conference

Sat, Feb 28, 2015

Smiths Detection hazmat expert Dr. Chris Weber has been selected to give two presentations at the industry's flagship event, the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference 2015. 

U.S. DOT Ready to Proceed with West Virginia Derailment Investigation

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced that is now able to move forward with its full-scale forensic investigation into the derailment outside of Montgomery, West Virginia, followed by a slower start earlier this week hampered by weather and safety concerns.

WPI announces progress in "firefighter locator" research

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Research undertaken by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in response to the December 3, 1999, tragic Worcester (MA) cold storage warehouse fire that took the lives of six firefighters may soon be perfected enough to be released in the marketplace and be used by first responders to help them work more safely and effectively.

DOE Launches Emergency Response Hydrogen Training Resource

Sun, Feb 22, 2015

The Energy Department's Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) announces the launch of a new, free, online national hydrogen safety training resource for emergency responders.

West Virginia Train Derailment Sends Crude Oil Cars into Kanawha River

Mon, Feb 16, 2015

Multiple tanker rail cars carrying crude oil derailed Monday afternoon in Fayette County, triggering explosions and a 100-yard-high flames as several cars rolled through a residential subdivision and into the Kanawha River. CSX officials say "at least one rail car appears to have ruptured and caught fire."

USFA Coffee Break Training: Hazardous Materials - Fuel Hoarding and Container Sizes

Sun, Feb 8, 2015

The student will be able to identify maximum allowable flammable and combustible liquid container sizes.

Morristown (NJ) Fire Causes Heavy Damage to Stores

Sat, Jan 31, 2015

Dozens of firefighters and emergency management officials before dawn Saturday were still battling smoke billowing from the roofs of 82-84-86-88 Elm Street, six hours after 911 calls came in about a fire at 11:14 p.m. Friday.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Regulatory Collaboration: Hazardous Materials

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Although various codes are overall very complete in regulating the storage, use, and handling of hazardous materials, certain ambiguities may need clarification. Thomas Sawyer

How Well Do You Know Your Meters? Part 2

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Metering has become an integral part of being a firefighter; just about every run to which we respond involves some type of hazmat situation, writes Kevin Yoos.

Crews Extinguish Lima, Ohio Refinery Fire

Sat, Jan 10, 2015

The Husky refinery in Lima was the site of an explosion and fire Saturday, where windows were blown out and the force of the explosion was felt at least 10 miles away.

Numerous Departments Battle Large Fire at Tennessee Wood Products Business

Wed, Jan 7, 2015

A number of fire departments are battling a large fire at a wood products business in Mosheim, Tennessee, according to news reports.

How Well Do You Know Your Meters? Part 1

Mon, Dec 29, 2014

Kevin Yoos reviews two recent events that will hopefully make you think twice about a simple carbon monoxide alarm.

Reducing the Incidence of Cancer Among Firefighters: Jacksonville's Best Practices

Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Trevor Nelson-Research shows that firefighters have higher cancer and mortality rates and twice the rate of mesothelioma as the general U.S. population. Here's what one Florida department is doing to beat the odds.

When Heroes Fail: a Story of One Rescuer

Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Ian Bland-Firefighters train to succeed and fight to win, but as one rescuer explains in recounting a failed rescue and its lasting impact on those involved, being ready still may not be enough.

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