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Revisiting the Gulf Coast Hurricanes

Revisiting the Gulf Coast Hurricanes

In the aftermath of any major catastrophe it is all too easy to find fault; fault with anybody or anything, just so long as we can fix blame.

August 31, 2021

Safeguarding the Irreplaceable

Safeguarding the Irreplaceable

When a traditional system doesn’t cut it, seek a Special Hazards approach to your fire protection.

August 1, 2021

Hazmat: Notifying John Q. Public

Hazmat: Notifying John Q. Public

When the big bell rings it is "all hands on deck" to load up and get underway. We have to remember the most important element, namely communication with John Q. Public.

July 27, 2021

Is a Mirrored Rope System ERNEST?

Is a Mirrored Rope System ERNEST?

The ERNEST principle analyzes any rope system by the common reasons that rope rescue systems fail. Particularly, whenever a rope rescue system must rely on two or more anchors to achieve an adequate load support.

July 14, 2021

Hydrogen Fluoride: To Ban or Not to Ban
What, Where, and How Much?

What, Where, and How Much?

Unfortunately, even the most sophisticated detection and alarm systems have one inherent drawback: no alarm is of any value if no one is around to hear it and respond appropriately.

June 8, 2021

Fire System Maintenance Starts at the Tank
Psychological Trauma Among Firefighters
How to Treat Bromine Exposure

How to Treat Bromine Exposure

Bromides can act as central nervous system depressant and can lead to irritability, confusion and coordination problems, as well as hallucinations and coma.

May 12, 2021

A Safe Approach to Swift Water Rescue

A Safe Approach to Swift Water Rescue

One important item in the surface water rescue standard (as in all the others) is the choice and utilization of the appropriate PPE.

May 12, 2021

Chlorine Gas: Munition or Commodity?

Chlorine Gas: Munition or Commodity?

I have revisited chlorine in the hope that my small contribution may engender a heightened sense of urgency and increased awareness of the risks of allowing this material to get into the hands of those who would do us harm.

March 31, 2021

Facing an Active Shooter Situation

Facing an Active Shooter Situation

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed a series of materials to assist businesses, government offices, and schools in preparing for and responding to an active shooter.

March 24, 2021

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