Hazardous materials. For many, the word conjures images of large-scale incidents, even explosions, forcing mass evacuations. But the reality is that hazmat incidents can occur at much smaller scales – and still be dangerous. Look no further than the common carbon monoxide leak to understand the dangers of an invisible, odorless gas.
It is essential that fire departments supply their teams with the best equipment to match the level of training – Awareness, Operations, Technician – in order to safely handle the incident, whether stabilizing the scene or working in direct contact with the substance. After all, the right equipment in the right environment can mean the difference between life and death.
As departments consider their hazmat training and equipment options, it’s important to also understand the training levels, incident types, and PPE involved for any situation, as those factors will have a direct impact on purchasing decisions. Plus, consider the needs and equipment of other departments in your area, and even any regional hazmat teams that can contribute to the efforts.
This Firerescue1 How-to-Buy Guide tackles all these topics, highlights the vital role of hazmat equipment for any fire department, and offers best practices to help guide your equipment-selection activities.
Included in this guide:
- Key considerations before buying
- Questions to ask vendors
- Company directory
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