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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.

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A Systematic Approach to Rescue Ops

Amid the chaos and excitement of any rescue operation, there are often important aspects of incident that can be overlooked. Sometimes, the sequencing of tasks becomes disjointed.

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Checklist for Buying Radiation Detectors

I want to share some thoughts about how we could perform better as emergency responders. A 40-year career has given me plenty of experience in all aspects of this business, good and disastrous. Let’s start with equipment purchases.

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Dealing with Opiod Overdose Epidemic

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. Rarely is this a case of accidental death, but it's certainly a lack of awareness.

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Accepting Different Ways of Thinking

Large platforms do have maneuverability issues, and do take time to set up. This has to be compared with the time, pumps, hose, foam, and staffing needed to develop a 5,000 gpm stream.