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VFIS videotape addresses catastrophe response

"Surviving Catastrophe in Emergency Services" videotapes of a VFIS International Critical Incident Stress Foundation April teleconference are available. The teleconference, part of the 3rd World Congress on stress, trauma, and coping in the emergency services professions, features a panel consisting of firefighters, law enforcement agents, emergency medical personnel, nurses, disaster workers, fire chaplains, and international stress experts. Among topics covered are mitigating the impact of cat

“THIS LOOKS SERIOUS…THOUGH ITS HARD TO TELL THROUGH THESE BINOCULARS”

A number of years ago, a mixed-chemical spill occurred on Interstate 10 in Arizona. When I arrived at the scene, the road had been closed for more than three hours and a load (comprised of dozens of mixed chemicals) was burning.

“THIS LOOKS SERIOUS…THOUGH ITS HARD TO TELL THROUGH THESE BINOCULARS”

A number of years ago, a mixed-chemical spill occurred on Interstate 10 in Arizona. When I arrived at the scene, the road had been closed for more than three hours and a load (comprised of dozens of mixed chemicals) was burning.

CHEMICAL DATA NOTEBOOK SERIES #105: SODIUM HYDROSULFIDE

Sodium hydrosulfide is a water-reactive, toxic, corrosive, irritating, colorless-to-lemon-colored, flammable solid with an odor of rotten eggs. Its common uses include bleaching; chemical milling solutions; the dehairing of animal hides; glassmaking; ore flotation; paper pulping; the processing of dyestuffs; and the manufacture of cellophane, rayon, and many chemicals.

House Natural Disaster Task Force adopts fire service recommendations

Established in February 1994, the House Natural Disaster Task Force released its report on preparing for and responding to natural disasters. Co-chaired by Reps. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Emerson (R-MO), the task force discussed ways to fund the massive recovery programs voted on by Congress in the wake of large-scale disasters. Reps. Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), co-chairmen of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, were appointed to serve on the task force. They worked

SYSTEM MATEL HARD WIRE COMMUNICATION

Television Equipment Associates, Inc.: Provides communications between organizations (fire, police, and medical) during disaster operations. Over 30 self-contained and portable stations can be set up instantly. Will accommodate seven simultaneous duplex conversations. Can interface to either radio or public telephone.

PUBLICATIONS

Mosby Lifeline: Emergency Care for Hazardous Materials Exposure by Alvin C. Bronstein and Phillip L. Currance, Basic Dysrhythmias: Interpretation and Management by Robert J. Huszar, and Prehospital Systems and Medical Oversight, second edition, by Alexander Kuehl.

CHEMICAL DATA NOTEBOOK SERIES #87: CALCIUM OXIDE

Calcium oxide is a water-reactive, corrosive, irritating, nonflammable, odorless, white or grayish-white lump or powder. It is used in the manufacture of bricks, cement, glass, mortar, paper, plaster, poultry feed, pulp, stucco, and chemicals such as alkalis, bleaches, drilling fluids, fungicides, insecticides, and lubricants.

AMMONIA HAZARDS

Ammonia, often referred to as anhydrous ammonia, is a colorless gas with a bitter taste and a sharp, intensely irritating, characteristic odor. It is one of the highest-volume chemicals produced in the United States and is found in industry, agriculture, and all modes of transportation.

CHEMICAL DATA NOTEBOOK SERIES #67: SODIUM NITRATE

Sodium nitrate is an oxidizing, relatively stable, white-to-colorless, odorless, ionic crystalline solid of moderate toxicity with a salt-like, slightly bitter taste. It is a very popular and common chemical used in the manufacture of explosives (such as dynamite and black powder), fertilizers, food additives, glass, matches, meat preservatives, pharmaceuticals, pottery enamel, pyrotechnics, refrigerants, and other nitrates of sodium salts.