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Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations

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    ISBN: 9781449641542

International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Fire Protection Association, Rob Schnepp

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A fire fighter’s ability to recognize an incident involving hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is critical. They must possess the knowledge required to identify the presence of hazardous materials and WMD, and have an understanding of what their role is within the response plan. The second edition of Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations will provide fire fighters and first responders with these skills and enable them to keep themselves and others safe while mitigating these potentially deadly incidents.

Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, Second Edition meets and exceeds the requirements for first responders within the 2013 Edition of NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. Additionally, the material presented also exceeds the hazardous materials response requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations provides in-depth coverage of:
  • The properties and effects of hazardous materials and WMDs
  • How to calculate potential danger and initiate a response plan
  • Selection, use, advantages, and disadvantages of personal protective equipment
  • Mass and technical decontamination
  • Evidence preservation and sampling
  • Product control
  • Victim rescue and recovery
  • Air monitoring and sampling
  • Illicit laboratory incidents
The second edition features:
  • A new chapter on Fire Smoke designed to teach hazardous materials responders how to prevent, protect, detect, diagnose, and appropriately treat smoke inhalation. 
  • Knowledge and Skills Objectives correlated to the 2013 Edition of NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. 
  • Detailed step-by-step skill drills with which include the corresponding NFPA job performance requirement.
  • Scenario based learning tools including You are the Responder, Responder in Action, and Voices of Experience case studies to encourage critical thinking skills.
  • Responder Tips and Safety Tips to provide helpful advice from hazardous materials veterans.

Table of Contents:
Chapter  1  Hazardous Materials: Overview
Chapter  2  Hazardous Materials: Properties and Effects
Chapter  3  Recognizing and Identifying the Hazards
Chapter  4  Estimating Potential Harm and Planning A Response
Chapter  5  Implementing the Planned Response
Chapter  6  Terrorism
Chapter  7  Fire Smoke: Responder Health and Safety 
Chapter  8  Mission Specific Competencies: Personal Protective Equipment
Chapter  9  Mission Specific Competencies: Technical Decontamination
Chapter  10  Mission Specific Competencies: Mass Decontamination
Chapter  11  Mission Specific Competencies: Evidence Preservation and Sampling
Chapter  12  Mission Specific Competencies: Product Control
Chapter  13  Mission Specific Competencies: Victim Rescue and Recovery
Chapter  14  Mission Specific Competencies: Response to Illicit Laboratories
Chapter  15  Mission Specific Competencies: Air Monitoring and Sampling
Appendix  A  An Extract From: NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/ Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, 2013 Edition 
Appendix  B  An Extract From: NFPA 473, Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, 2013 Edition 
Appendix  C  OSHA 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
Appendix  D  ProBoard Assessment Methodology Matrices for NFPA 472, 2013 Edition

About the Authors:
International Association of Fire Chiefs

Established in 1873, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is a powerful, professional membership organization of more than 12,600 chief fire and emergency officers. The mission of the IAFC is to provide leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers, and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services, and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities. Members of the IAFC are the world’s leading experts in fire fighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation.

National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, building, electrical, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden for fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Developer of the National Electrical Code®, and 300 other codes and standards through a full, open-consensus process, NFPA also produces educational curricula, including the Risk Watch® community-based injury prevention curriculum and the Learn Not to Burn® fire safety curriculum. NFPA headquarters is in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Rob Schnepp

Rob Schnepp has over 20 years of fire service experience, currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Special Operations for the Alameda County (CA) Fire Department. He is an instructor for the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, providing hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction training internationally. Mr. Schnepp is a current member of the NFPA 472 Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel, and is a former hazardous materials team manager for California Task Force 4, FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team.
With a variety of published works covering several fire service topics, including numerous articles in Fire Engineering Magazine, Mr. Schnepp is also an established author. He is a member of the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board and sits on the executive advisory board for the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).

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