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Hazmat Training & Rescue


Hazmat Survival Tips: Using Shipping Papers during Highway Transportation Incidents

March 29, 2011

During a highway transportation incident, shipping papers are valuable documents that can enable first responders to conduct an accurate size up, Steve De Lisi writes.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Detecting Possible Criminal Activity

March 2, 2011

While operating at the scene of any incident involving hazardous materials, first responders should always ask themselves if the event could involve any type of criminal activity, Steve De Lisi writes.

Hazmat Survival Tips: 10 Resolutions to be Better Prepared During 2011

January 18, 2011

As a firefighter, the public expects you to “be prepared. After working with first responders tasked with dealing with hazardous materials incidents, Steve De Lisi's recommendation for a New Year’s resolution for 2011 is to be better prepared for these events.

Beyond the Rule of Thumb -- Survival Tip 58

December 21, 2010

Steve DeLisi talks about the importance of planning, preparation, and evaluation when dealing with first responders.

Designing a Full-Scale Exercise for a Terrorist Incident

November 26, 2010

Steve De Lisi discusses how to design a training exercise to prepare firefighters and first responders for a mass-casualty incident resulting from a terrorist attack. 

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

October 25, 2010

There are no simple solutions to responding to mass-casualty incidents, but firefighters must be prepared to respond to this type of incident, whether or not you are located in area that you believe may be a target of terrorism. Steve M. De Lisi writes about how we cannot be complacent with regard to our training for mass-casualty incidents, whether they are caused by terrorists, sabotage, or accidents.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Could Today be the Next September 10?

September 20, 2010

Nine years ago in the wake of the terror attacks of 9/11, all firefighters and first responders understood the need to prepare for a possible terrorist attack. The intervening years have lessened our focus on the terror threat, writes Steve De Lisi, who argues against complacency in preparing for such an incident.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Interpreting Readings from Atmospheric Monitors

August 26, 2010

Steve De Lisi writes that firefighters must be able to correctly interpret the numerical readings provided by atmospheric monitors so that they can make informed and defensible decisions at hazmat incidents.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Summertime Hazardous Materials Incidents

June 20, 2010

Summer weather conditions can affect responders dealing with a hazardous materials incident. Steve DeLisi discusses potential problems for firefighters responding to a hazmat call in the summer heat.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Dealing with a Vehicle Fire Involving an Acrylic Polymer Powder

May 26, 2010

Steve De Lisi recounts a call in which firefighters responded to a vehicle fire involving an acrylic polymer powder and how their diligence in adhering to protocol enabled them to safely mitigate the incident.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Dealing with a Spill of Sodium Hydrosulfite

April 27, 2010

Steve De Lisi recounts an incident in which firefighters responded to a tractor trailer crash that released a substantial amount of a substance whose primary component was sodium hydrosulfite. The incident shows the need for first responders to be alert and pay attention to hazardous materials “clues” when responding to any incident.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Scare at Abandoned General Store

March 22, 2010

Steve De Lisi recounts an incident in which responders were alerted by agencies conducting a criminal investigation to numerous chemicals hidden in an abandoned general store. The question is, how many buildings like this are in your area? 

Hazmat Survival Tips: Beyond the Rule of Thumb

February 23, 2010

Although “rule of thumb” is generally defined as a procedure or rule based on experience or practice, Steve De Lisi and his team used it in the sense that if you could cover your view of the incident with your thumb, you were far enough away. Steve discusses what it takes to survive when intervention is needed at a hazmat incident.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Working with Cleanup Contractors

January 25, 2010

During many incidents involving a hazardous material release, “cleanup contractors” clean up and remove the spilled chemical. Steve De Lisi writes about what first responders should know to deal effectively with these contractors.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Learning from the Experience of Others

December 19, 2009

Besides learning from your own on-the-job experience, one of the best ways to discover how to safely manage emergency incidents is to learn from the experience of others.  Steve De Lisi presents various situations faced by first responders and questions posed to them.

Hazmat Survival Tips: 10 Initial Response Considerations for First Responders

November 23, 2009

Steve De Lisi focuses on 10 response considerations that firefighters sometimes overlook despite their training and best efforts to manage an incident effectively.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Preventing Damage to Underground Utilities

October 19, 2009

Steven De Lisi looks at what you can to do to protect underground utilites during hazmat incidents to stop a bad situation from getting worse.

Hazmat Survival Tips: On To Plan B

September 21, 2009 It's not enough to have a backup plan, Steve De Lisi writes. Crews must be able to put Plan B into motion seamlessly and under adverse conditions. Are your ready for a worst-case scenario?

Hazmat Survival Tips: Equipment Concerns for First Responders

August 20, 2009 Regardless of your level of sophistication, it's the little things that will trip you up. Steve De Lisi describes a diesel fuel spill scenario gone wrong and asks how your department would respond.

Hazmat Survival Tips: Making Informed and Defensible Decisions

July 17, 2009 To survive legal scrutiny, first responders need to make informed and defensible decisions. Steve De Lisi has 10 tips on defending your actions.

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