Firefighter Training, Firefighting, Hazmat

The New Tier II: An Expanded Preplanning Tool

Issue 11 and Volume 166.

BY ERIC G. BACHMAN In 1986, the Emergency Planning Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) was enacted as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). This legislation created the authority for facilities to report the use, storage, and manufacture of hazardous substances. It also mandated emergency planning and preparedness efforts for releases of specially categorized materials. This legislation impacts the fire service as facilities subject to the annual reporting criteria must submit site- and chemical-specific data to the host fire department. Information such as chemical inventories and storage locations, critical for fire department preincident planning and for post-dispatch operations, are provided. Fire department staff unfamiliar with or untrained in using this facility reporting tool may discard or ignore it. Not using this information in fire department preplanning can foster ill-preparedness and compromise the safety of personnel when called for a chemical emergency. Although the information below is not a…

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