Hazmat

Fire Safety for Electric Vehicles and Other Modern Vehicles in Parking Structures

In spite of the global supply chain issues and loss of vehicles in the Felicity Ace cargo ship fire, the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) has been on the move, hitting 6.6 million in 2021, which is more than triple their market share from two years earlier. While this might be good news for our …

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100 firefighters battling fire at vacant warehouse in St. Louis

St. Louis firefighters are on the scene of a large fire at an abandoned warehouse near the Mississippi River just north of the Gateway Arch.The St. Louis Fire Department said the fire is at a warehouse near the intersection of North 1st Street and O’Fallon Street. The first call for the fire came out at …

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FDNY Commissioner Kavanagh lays out vision for fire department

One day after becoming the first woman to lead New York City’s Fire Department in its 157-year history, FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh joined “Mornings on 1” to lay out her vision for the FDNY. Kavanagh, who came into the FDNY in 2014 with a management background, said technological innovation, collaboration between city agencies and diversity …

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Will Hazmat Teams be Affected by EPA ‘Forever Chemical’ Rule Changes?

In late August, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a preliminary document, which indicated the agency wants to classify “forever chemicals” as hazardous substances. These perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) are part of EPA’s overall effort to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — known as PFAS. EPA says PFOAs and PFOSs are two of the …

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Professional Development: Tips on How to Get Your Program Started

To be a student of the job means you chase unfamiliar factors tirelessly until you find a solution or answer. Seeking the answer on how to start and manage a Professional Development Program became my newfound passion in the fire service. The development and implementation of this program began as a priority for McHenry Township …

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Lithium-ion Battery Safety and Tactics

The increase in popularity of battery-operated mobility devices, like scooters, skateboards and bicycles has meant a dramatic increase in fires in New York City caused by lithium-ion batteries with sometimes fatal consequences. Lt. John Cassidy, Haz-mat Company 1, discusses the dangers of these batteries, tactics and procedures operational units can take at these incidents. Battalion …

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Drones in Fire Departments: The Step-by-Step Process to Create a Drone Program

Given the size of the city of L.A., the potential bureaucratic hurdles required to actually launch something so new were significant. In this article, we’ll share the step-by-step process that was followed for the LAFD’s drone program approval to be expedited, so that the department could have UAVs at their disposal to help with the …

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