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Is It Safe To Go Back Into A Nuclear Reactor Building? A Lesson In Leadership

Having survived twenty seven years on a state wide regional response hazmat team, I am lucky to have been exposed to some of the best leaders not only in my own local fire department, but in the 25 different departments across Southeastern Massachusetts as well. Across the state, there are elected positions to handle the …

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Guns And Hoses

Key Takeaway: With an ever-increasing need for joint police/fire ops, how often do we interact? Grant Coffey discusses trends and actions to consider. I grew up in a family of public servants – eight firefighters and four police officers. It felt so natural to be around them. Odd schedules, frequent absences, rowdy friends, serious injury …

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The Science of HAZMAT and CBRNE Emergency Response

Emergencies involving Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) substances are some of the most dangerous situations faced by emergency first responders. Between 1980-81 and 2015-16, the number of reported HAZMAT related emergencies responded to by the fire and rescue services of Great Britain increased by approximately 67%. These types of …

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We Don’t DO Hazmat: A Rural Chief and Company Officer Primer

So often, rural agencies will assume that by declaring, “We Don’t DO HazMat!”, that they are exempt, or excluded, from any formal Hazardous Materials responses and training. Nothing could be farther from the truth! They are not only responsible; it is part of being an all-hazards agency. The choice is no longer ours whether we …

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