Milk powder or anthrax? Why you need a chemist in your pocket

When fire crews attend incidents involving unknown, potentially hazardous materials, Hazmat officers are called on to perform complex chemical analysis, often in high-pressure situations. In this article, Dan Haggarty, Head of Emergency Response for the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC),…

Chemdata® Licences Donated to Help Train Bosnian Firefighters

Earlier this year, The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) donated licences of its world-leading chemical hazard database, Chemdata, to the International Fire and Rescue Association (IFRA) as part of a relief mission to Cazin in North West Bosnia starting on 18…

‘Responding to a thimbleful or a lorry load? The value of proportionate advice in chemical incident response’

The majority of chemical incidents attended by emergency service crews typically involve spills between 1 and 25 litres. However, most chemical hazard databases only provide advice on handling spills of 200 litres or more. This often leads emergency services to…

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