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Hazards and Hazmat

The hazards and hazmat topic section covers operations involving hazardous materials, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) incidents.

Teutopolis and Montrose firefighters were recognized for bravery during an anhydrous ammonia tanker crash
The latest methods and the strategic value of implementing Gas Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) devices
Tanker carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline on I-95 in Norwalk was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer and a car
Leadership
Fire service leader, FireRescue1 contributor used writing to share his cancer experience with other firefighters
The vessel was carrying 764 tons of hazardous materials, including flammables and corrosives, in 56 containers
Animal Rescue
The Modesto Fire Department said the oxygen level inside the house was at 16% due to high levels of ammonia from “extensive urine”
The Princeton Fire Department purchased six Level A suits for hazardous materials incidents
Early ventilation is a key element in reducing cancer risk for firefighters
Check your knowledge of carbon monoxide poisoning causes, symptoms and protective strategies on scene
CO poisoning is a life-threatening emergency and victims must be removed from the environment immediately without placing the rescuers in danger
A house explosion and a semi-truck blast resulted in the death of one firefighter and at least 18 injured between the two scenes
The mutual aid fire in Epping saw tankers, a foam trailer and an ARFF rig from a regional airport on the scene
Chicago firefighters fought a 3-alarm fire in frigid conditions after an earlier house fire that injured three firefighters
Carbon dioxide was pumped into Hold No.1 onboard the Genius Star XI as the ship stayed off the coast of Dutch Harbor
The guide shares strategies to mitigate the risks associated with lithium-ion battery fires
The fire that spread quickly over 8 acres was fed by pallets, cars, construction materials, hand sanitizer and other items being stored under the freeway in an industrial neighborhood
Roll on/roll off vessels like the Grande Costa d’Avorio can pack thousands of vehicles of various conditions
Hazmat teams removed debris from underneath a mile-long section of I-10 for an inspection of the freeway
In Public Safety
Orange County officials shut down local schools after testing found high levels of asbestos, lead, arsenic, and nickel
First responders, hazmat teams investigated suspicious envelopes at four sites across two counties
Explosion
A shelter-in-place order was given to residents near Sound Resource Solutions in Shepherd
Four synagogues and a university were sent intimidating letters creating hazmat investigations
How to address real-world scenarios
Chattanooga firefighters thought they were responding to just a vehicle fire at metal recycling facility
The fire in Solvay sent up a large plume of orange-colored smoke seen for miles
Paramedics evaluated, transported three people to hospitals for additional testing as firefighters evacuated judges’ chambers
11 patients from the Orange County hazardous materials incident are listed in stable condition