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Steve De Lisi recounts a real-world hazmat incident involving radioactive materials in which prudent choices by firefighters resulted in a favorable outcome.
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.
Survival Tip 8 - Preplanning Foam Fire Suppression Capabilities First responders should be capable of preplanning the maximum foam fire suppression capability of apparatus before an incident occurs.
When responding to a call, how many firefighters consider the possibility of hazardous material involvement? Steve De Lisi details incidents that prove the need for considering hazmat in your size-up.
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.
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.
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.
On some occasions, firefighters must obtain evidence from hazmat incident scenes to prosecute criminals. Steve De Lisi details how to do so.
Does your department provide documented formal training on the use of atmospheric monitors? Steve De Lisi writes about the need for this instruction and how you can arrange it for your department.
Many first responders are unaware of important aspects of using the Emergency Response Guidebook. Steve De Lisi discusses some common ERG misconceptions.