Hazardous Materials Incidents: Surviving the Initial Response

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PennWell Books, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 259 pages
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First responders who arrive on scene of a hazardous materials incident may be assigned to an engine, ladder truck, rescue, or ambulance with very little sophisticated HAZMAT equipment. Despite these limitations, their actions during the initial response will often set the stage for the success or failure of the entire event.



Many incidents start out as minor “routine” events that suddenly escalate when something goes terribly wrong. Perhaps first responders did not anticipate the involvement of hazardous materials in a response to a rear-end collision involving two passenger vehicles, an EMS call at a residence for difficulty breathing, or a trash fire. That is until it was too late!



First responders, despite their best intentions, can quickly become part of any hazardous materials problem. The results can be first responders who are killed or seriously injured, or those who suffer devastating illnesses years after exposure to a hazardous material.



Even if you have hours of training on hazardous materials response, this book will provide every reader with…



• Practical advice based on the real-life experiences of first responders



• A one-stop source on topics such as atmospheric monitors and class B foam



• Steps to managing “routine” incidents to prevent them from becoming disasters



• Limitations of federal hazardous materials regulations you need to know



• Real-world examples of first responders who won (or lost) the battle with hazardous materials First responders who arrive on scene of a hazardous materials incident may be assigned to an engine, ladder truck, rescue, or ambulance with very little sophisticated HAZMAT equipment. Despite these limitations, their actions during the initial response will often set the stage for the success or failure of the entire event.



Many incidents start out as minor “routine” events that suddenly escalate when something goes terribly wrong. Perhaps first responders did not anticipate the involvement of hazardous materials in a response to a rear-end collision involving two passenger vehicles, an EMS call at a residence for difficulty breathing, or a trash fire. That is until it was too late!



First responders, despite their best intentions, can quickly become part of any hazardous materials problem. The results can be first responders who are killed or seriously injured, or those who suffer devastating illnesses years after exposure to a hazardous material.



Even if you have hours of training on hazardous materials response, this book will provide every reader with…



• Practical advice based on the real-life experiences of first responders



• A one-stop source on topics such as atmospheric monitors and class B foam



• Steps to managing “routine” incidents to prevent them from becoming disasters



• Limitations of federal hazardous materials regulations you need to know



• Real-world examples of first responders who won (or lost) the battle with hazardous materials
 

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Contents

Beyond the Rule of Thumb
What is a Hazardous Material?
The Role of First Responders
Planning for a Hazardous Materials Incident
How Not to Become Part of the Problem
Who First Responders Should Call to Get Help
Documents First Responders Can Use for Effective Decision Making
Idenitfying the Material
Fixed Facility Incidents
Routine Hazardous Materials Incidents
Understanding Atmospheric Monitors
Understanding Class B Foam
Managing the Initial Phase of a Hazardous Materials Incident
Is the Incident a Crime Scene?
Cleanup Recovery Reimbursment and Scene Restoration
Managing the Initial Phase of a Hazardous Materials Incident

Characteristics of Containers
Evaluating the Environment
Defensive Actions for First Responders
Highway Transportation Incidents
Railroad Transportation Incidents
Hazardous Materials Warning Labels
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Steven M. De Lisi is the Deputy Chief of the Virginia Air Guard Fire Rescue located at the Richmond International Airport. The department provides fire protection and aircraft rescue for the 192nd Fighter Wing. De Lisi is a Hazardous Materials Specialist and chairman of the Virginia Fire Chief's Association's Hazardous Materials Committee. He is also an adjunct instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and in that capacity coordinates delivery of a statewide environmental crimes investigation training program. He has an associate's degree in police science, a bachelor's degree in public administration, and a master's degree in public safety leadership. He recently received the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. De Lisi has written several articles for Fire Engineering magazine and is a frequent speaker at PennWell's Fire Department Instructor Conferences. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Virginia Association of Hazardous Material Response Specialists, and a former member of the National Fire Protection Association's committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing.

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