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2 Killed in Northwest Houston Factory Explosion

Leaking polypropylene at the site has been brought under control.

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Hazmat Leak in California Triggers Evacuation

The chemical plant spilled nearly 250 gallons of acrolein.

Caustic Chemical Spills from Overturned Truck in Georgia

Emergency response closes local intersection nearly half a day.

French Workers Exposed to Cyanide Leak

At least five people hospitalized for treatment.

Interoperability Issues Complicate Electronic Data Transfers

An emergency responder is assigned to handle the radiological monitors at a hazmat incident. Several different brands of monitors are in use. Even those made by same manufacturer may be different models with modified operating instructions.

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.

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.

Having Fun Teaching Hazmat Training

For hazmat training to be absorbed into the brain as both information and hands-on skills it has to be interesting and fun. How do you achieve that?

Innovation: An American Hallmark

From the time that some long forgotten firefighter discovered that a hollowed out log fitted with a piston and a restriction at the end could be used to direct a stream of water onto the heart of a fire, firefighters have been involved in the evolution of emergency response tools and equipment.

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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.