From the Introduction
This book is mostly structured around first-person interviews with nationally and locally recognized experts who have been in hazardous materials response for a number of years. To aid networking, the addresses and telephone numbers of all persons interviewed are listed at the end of each interview.
The central narrative theme of the book has been to detail the actual methods, procedures, techniques, tactics, and "lessons learned" of specific hazardous materials response teams (HMRT) drawn from a number of different categories. The object is to have readers find a ready source to provide knowledge of what a teamed, trained, and equipped HMRT uses for methods, tactics, procedures, tools, vehicles, instruments, equipment, strategies, leak/fire/spill control, prevention, remedial actions, decision making, incidents, containment, or hazards. This book answers many questions for emergency responders that they may need to know tostay alive.
Table of Contents
DOWNTOWN NUCLEAR ALERT
General Discussion of Nuclear Waste Disposal Springfield's Hazardous Materials Incident Springfield's Preparedness Responding to the Nuclear Fuel Incident Cleanup
BACKGROUND TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENTS
Cleanup Nuclear Energy Sites Cancer-Causing Pesticides Petroleum Polluters Water
THE "HAZARD" OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE
Hazardous Materials Response Teams Hazardous Materials Incidents 1993 Annual Report of the Houston (Texas) Fire Department HMRT
LOCAL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE TEAMS
The Kenosha Fire Department HMRT, Kenosha, Wisconsin New Berlin Fire Department Special Units, New Berlin, Wisconsin The Hazardous Materials Response Team of the Charlotte, North Carolina, Fire Department Mount Prospect, Illinois, Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team "Our World Begins at the Decontamination Reduction Zone"; The Hazardous Materials Unit of the Orange County Fire Department, Irvine, California Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Hazardous Materials Response Team
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TEAM FUNCTIONS
Thirteen Bogus Commandments of Hazardous Materials Response Background to Hazardous Materials Response Hazardous Materials Response May Be Different than Normal Fire Calls Incident Command Positions Hazardous Materials Operations Methods, Systems, and Strategies of Hazardous Materials Response
GETTING THE JOB DONE
Response to a Mystery Gas or Toxin at Riverside General Hospital in California The Basic Aspects of Chemical Protective Clothing Use and Reuse of Protective Clothing in Haz Mat Response Chicago, Illinois Fire Department Guidelines and Procedures for Hazardous Materials Incidents Understanding a Hazardous Materials Response Team's Operation Getting Down to Business Computers and Software at Hazardous Materials Incidents
FEDERAL AND STATE RESPONSE TEAMS
Fort Detrick Haz Mat Team of Frederick, Maryland Turning an Emergency into a Routine Response The Hazardous Materials Officers of the Virginia Department of Emergency Services Hazardous Materials and Emergency Medical Concerns in Desert Storm Naval Ordnance Station Haz Mat Response Team, Indian Head, Maryland
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRAINING, LEGISLATION, AND STANDARDS
Training Legislation National Fire Protection Association Standards
On-Scene Emergency Medical Services at Hazardous Materials Incidents Medical Surveillance of Hazardous Materials Response Teams Is Required by Law Hospital Care of Victims The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Research Materials Related to Medical Protection and Surveillance Toxicology: The Scientific Discipline of the Effects, Antidotes, Detection, and Other Studies Related to Poisons
REGIONAL RESPONSE TEAMS
Office of Emergency Preparedness Special Hazards Operations Team, Country of Cumberland, Carlisle, Pennsylvania The Sedalia-Pettis County, Missouri, Hazardous Materials Response Team The Hamilton Township, New Jersey, Emergency Response Team The Fredricksburg, Virginia, Fire Department HMRT Lake County, Illinois, Hazardous Materials Response Team The Hazardous Materials Response Team of Porter County, Valparaiso, Indiana Lake Area Mutual Aid Fire Departments Hazardous Materials Response Team, Wisconsin Washington County, Maryland, Emergency Services HIRT Northeast Haz Mat: Eleven Cities Take the Regional Approach to Haz Mat Response in Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas
INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE TEAMS
Emergency Spill Response at Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas Hazardous Materials Response Team at Boeing Defense & Space Company, Irving, Texas The Hazardous Materials Response Picture at Kodak Corporation in Rochester, New York Emergency Response with EmTech, a Private Response Contractor Serving Texas and the Southwest The Nationwide "Merit" Program of MCI Telecommunications Corp., Chicago, Illinois
LIABILITY AND INSURANCE FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE TEAMS
Liability for Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents How Deep Are Your Pockets? Liability in Hazardous Materials Response Don't Say Stupid Things Haz Mat Response Team Underwriting Eligibility Requirements
"MY MOST UNFORGETTABLE INCIDENT" (STORIES BY KNOWLEDGEABLE RESPONDERS)
Rem Gaade, Toronto Fire Department, Ontario, Canada Frank Docimo, Turn of the River Fire Department, Stamford, Connecticut William E. Clayton, Stow Fire Department, Stow, Massachusetts Jack Henderson, Chautauqua County, New York Captain Jerry Grey, San Francisco Fire Department HMRT, California Chief John Eversole, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago, Illinois
RESEARCH SOURCES AND RESOURCES
Associations Books Catalogues Conferences "Hotlines" and Other Telephone Numbers Networks (Computer) Training Software and Data Bases Visual Aids Lending Library
Hazardous Materials Incidents (by Date)
Appendix A: Directory of Hazardous Materials Response Teams
Appendix B: Hazardous Materials Markings, Labeling, and Placarding Guide
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