This week some considerations for handling a hazardous material incident. We will approach this from the perspective of firefighters responding to an incident rather than a specialized trained hazardous materials team.
We talk about some very basic material such as how to determine which of the hazardous material incident classifications your department is capable of handling, how to identify the product involved by multiple sources (3-5) and the hazardous material zone system. We also direct you to load the WISER software and app for your smartphone or desktop and learn about that as well.
We discuss that the size, scope, and magnitude of the problem may also dictate your department’s capabilities.
Recognize and identify the situation, isolate and deny entry (to civilians as well as firefighters) eliminate all sources of ignition, call for additional resources and develop a mitigation plan.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by email or by voicemail at 774-987-9414 for information about online hazardous materials training for your department.