Leadership

Special Teams in Memphis Handle HazMat Incidents

Issue 7 and Volume 134.

Special Teams in Memphis Handle HazMat Incidents FEATURES Photo by Training Division, Memphis Fire Services The Memphis, Tenn., Fire Department had good reason to be concerned about hazardous materials incidents. Known as “the agricultural chemical center of the mid-south,” Memphis is a transportation hub. Six major rail terminals within the city make Memphis the third largest rail center in the nation; only Chicago and Denver are larger. The Illinois Central Gulf complex is the second largest railyard in the United States. There are 70 major truck terminals within the metropolitan area, and through the Port of Memphis moves the third highest level of barge traffic in the country in terms of tonnage. Federal Express Corp., transporter of nearly 90 percent of all small-package hazardous materials shipments, has its headquarters in Memphis. Response teams organized In early 1978, Robert W. Walker, director of Memphis fire services, authorized two hazardous materials REACT…

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