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THMG043 – APIE, Part I


In this episode, we begin discussing APIE, an acronym that helps us break down the decision making process when responding to situations.

Complete Show Notes

6:45 What is APIE?

  • Acronym that stands for analyze, plan, implemen, and evaluate
  • Helps us break down an overwhelming situation step-by-step to handle any call
  • It doesn’t tell us what to do and isn’t an SOP for action
  • Instead, it helps guide our thought process and helps us logically break down what’s in front of us using information, science, and facts

8:00 Hazmat Drill Nugget from Hazsim Training Systems

  • Dexterity drills in a Level A suit
  • We all know how difficult it can be to operate in these suits, especially with tools

10:30 Where Does APIE Start?

  • Think of hazmat as a jigsaw puzzle where each piece of information is like a single piece of the puzzle
  • No one piece of information tells us about the big picture – we have to gather the pieces to figure out how they go together
  • Once these pieces are lined up, the situation makes sense
  • Size-up starts each day when you wake up and prepare yourself for what you’ll face each day – includes factors like temperature

13:15 When the Run Comes In

  • The next thing you have to size up is when the run comes in – hopefully your dispatcher is on the ball because they can provide really great information
  • They can collect information likeā€¦
    • The product that’s involved
    • The possible situation surrounding the emergency
    • How many victims there are and what kind of injuries they have
  • Injuries are important in hazmat – signs and symptoms can help rule in or rule out certain chemicals when you’re in the unknown or help you verify what you’ve been told
  • Also helps you select your meters and PPE
  • Dispatcher can also tell you the condition of the container and provide call back numbers

18:40 On Our Way to the Scene

  • Hazmat teams can gather a lot more information than firefighters because we’re traveling further and can receive more information en route
  • Take the information you receive from first due units with a grain of salt – there have been many situations where the information was wrong
  • Once you arrive on scene, you can start to gather a macro view of the emergency
  • Things to ask about and figure out on your way:
    • What’s the place and what’s it used for?
    • Residential, commercial, or industrial?
    • What’s around and what are the exposures?
    • If there’s more than one building, are they connected?
    • If we’re on the road, are we on storm drains? Think about lakes, rivers, and oceans
    • Can you see what’s happening with the product from a distance? This allows us to take in as much information as possible from a safe distance
    • What do we hear and see? Do we smell anything?

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