From the Publishers Desk

Issue 8 and Volume 134.

From the Publishers Desk departments Independent Federal Watchdog Guards Transportation Safety The expanding interest of the fire service in learning how to handle hazardous materials incidents is the result of an obvious fact of life. The transportation of hazardous materials by truck, railroad, ship, air or pipeline exposes every fire department to the possibility of having to handle an incident involving these materials. Much of the credit for improving haz-mat transportation safety goes to the National Transportation Safety Board, the independent federal watchdog that reports directly to the President. A prime virtue of this board is that it regularly checks on whether its safety recommendations have been implemented. A case in point is the NTSB action a couple of years ago that resulted in specification 112 and 114 railroad tank cars being retrofitted with headshields to resist punctures of tank heads, insulation to provide thermal protection in a fire, and…

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