Hazardous Materials Course

Hazardous Materials Course

The National Burn Victim Foundation is conducting a nine-week course on the transportation and handling of hazardous materials.

Response to the course by fire fighters, police, insurance safety representatives, truckers and medical emergency personnel has been good according to course coordinator, Deputy Fire Chief Robert P. Horner III of the Plainfield, N. J., Fire Department.

“Twenty-four communities have been represented so far,” said Horner, “and we are getting a message. The message is that the majority of communities represented indicated that local governments have not addressed the potential of a hazardous materials incident in their areas.”

NBVF chairman, Harry J. Gaynor, said: “The chemical industry and truckers are generally extremely safety conscious when it comes to transporting and handling hazardous materials. However, an ever-increasing volume, human error, weather conditions, vehicle flaws or mechanical failure, all present the potential of a dangerous hazardous materials incident in New Jersey.”

Gaynor continued: “The National Burn Victim Foundation is proposing legislation that could significantly reduce some of the problems associated with identifying hazardous materials and therefore reduce the potential of a hazardous materials disaster in New Jersey. The legislation we are proposing makes good common sense and is a step forward in making New Jersey a safer place in which to live.”

There is no admission charge for the NBVF-sponsored hazardous materials course. Community officials, fire fighters, police, first aiders and industrial safety personnel may call (201) 731-3112 for more information, or write to the foundation at 308 Main Street, Orange, N. J. 07050.

Hazardous Materials Course


Hazardous Materials Course

Triton College in River Grove, Ill., has developed a hazardous materials course coinstructed by an organic chemist, Edward M. Fashing, and the college’s coordinator of fire science, Leo E. Flynn.

Every 1 1/2 years, the three-credit hazardous materials course is offered to Chicagoarea fire fighters and Triton students earning an associate degree in fire science. At the first offering, 40 students, took the course while the second offering attracted 82 students.

The course has three major objectives. First is to teach fire fighters which materials need special handling during a fire or to prevent a fire. Water-reactive material dangers are stressed. A second objective is to teach elementary inorganic chemistry and common and chemical nomenclature.

A third objective is to analyze various classical examples of chemical fires and fire fighting techniques from both the fire fighter’s and chemist’s viewpoints. Demonstrations show the hazardous nature of many chemicals.

The 18-week course has three-hour weekly sessions. The first half of each evening is devoted to various practical considerations of a specific topic. The second half is used for demonstrations and theoretical analysis by a chemist.

In addition to formal lectures, discussions, demonstrations and films, students are requested to present an optional oral or written report. Recent fires in the news are treated in terms of similar hazards found in the fire districts of the students.