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HAZOPS® TECHNOLOGY BRINGS INTEROPERABILITY TO LAFD HAZ-MAT SQUADS

Issue 2 and Volume 159.

BY CAREY HARRINGTON The concept for Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) HazOps® Squad 4 was born of a conversation that took place at a conference between David Lamensdorf, president/CEO of Safe Environment Engineering (SEE), and members of the LAFD Haz Mat Team. Lamensdorf was demonstrating the company’s interoperable system at the time. When the LAFD and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) members saw how the system could transmit signals from harsh environments to an external viewer, one of the haz-mat team members walked Lamensdorf over to his car, popped open the trunk, and pointed to several gas, radiological, and chemical meters. “Look at this,” the haz mat team member said; “nothing is linked. Besides that, I can’t even read the meters in level A suits.” With that problem in mind, Lamensdorf began a four-year journey into interoperability and first response. The ultimate result was the HazOps® system the…

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