Sizing-up hazmat incidents

In the world of fire and emergency services, hazardous materials incidents have some of the most devastating outcomes in regard to life, property, and environmental losses. For years, emergency responders and specialists have collaborated in an effort to limit these…

The risks posed by asbestos to firefighters remains

Despite its use being outlawed in the UK in 1999, (five years ahead of the European deadline) asbestos remains an ongoing threat to firefighters. Its widespread use in buildings throughout Britain means the problem is not going away any time…

DQE Sentry Shield Powdered Substance Defense Kits Deliver Hazardous Opioid Exposure Protection

Opioid use in the United States is increasing dramatically. The effects of increased encounters with opioids on law enforcement and first responders can be deadly. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, “Since fentanyl can be ingested orally, inhaled…

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),…

HCN and CO in firefighting and emergency medical services

Smoke and gases generated in today’s fires are more dangerous than they’ve ever been. Thankfully more knowledge and better equipment can help us deal with that increased danger. Have you or members of your team experienced a headache, sore throat…

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