Hazmat

NFPA Announces New EV Resources and Guidelines

As electric vehicles (EV) enter our roadways, the National Fire Protection Association has introduced a series of free resources, guidelines, and information to help raise awareness about EV fires and safe EV charging practices at home. According to the International Energy Agency, global sales of electric vehicles exceeded 10 million in 2022 and are expected […]

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MVD Adopts “Include” as Fourth Strategic Goal

By adopting Include as a strategic goal, we emphasize our strong commitment to DEI.  As modern fire chiefs, ensuring the members of our departments are prepared and equipped to meet the challenges of the job is not enough.  We, and our changing society, demand that today’s fire and emergency service leaders, and emerging leaders, adapt

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Understanding ISO and How to Improve Preparedness Before Your Next Review

ISO reviews play a critical role in evaluating the performance of fire departments. When the time comes for your next audit, will you feel confident you understand what training records need to be reported to the ISO and how to get the best score possible?

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Colorado’s fire districts called 911 about property taxes and lawmakers answered

It isn’t an exaggeration to say that without the Colorado legislature voting to fully backfill the state’s more than 250 fire protection districts, communities throughout this state wouldn’t be adequately protected in times of emergencies. More than 70% of Colorado fire departments are fire protection districts, which means they are almost completely funded by property

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Free Training on Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-Ion Batteries

Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL’s) Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has created a free online training module, Science of Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-Ion Batteries, to help firefighters better understand the physical phenomena that determine how hazards develop during lithium-ion battery incidents.

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Investigation: Lack of Training a Factor in Fatal Plant Explosion

In late June, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its final investigation report on the 2020 propylene release and explosion at the Watson Grinding facility in Houston, Texas, that fatally injured two workers and a nearby resident and damaged hundreds of neighboring homes. The CSB’s final report highlights two key safety issues:

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Spotlight on Success: Denver Fire Department Wellness

Science to the Station: A health & wellness alliance is a community of scientists and fire service professionals dedicated to providing critical information needed to improve the safety and health of firefighters and other first responders. Denver Fire Department has become an industry leader in fire, fighter health, and wellness. Join their team to hear

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Fire Officials Unaware of Railroad Maintenance that Sparked Fires

The fires and railroad personnel denying access to local fire departments came just months after a Norfolk Southern train carrying volatile chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, prompting evacuations of nearby residents as those chemicals burned. The company has been criticized for minimizing safety measures to maximize profit.

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