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THMG048 – APIE, Part V


In the final episode of our five-part series, Mike and Bob finish their discussion of APIE and how it applies to hazmat.

Complete Show Notes

4:50 APIE Continued: P is for Plan

  • Also referred to as the hazmat huddle – when everyone gets together and talks about what they see and know to come up with a game plan
  • No matter your experience or rank, it’s very important that everyone has an equal say
  • It’s important to talk about what we can do, what our abilities are, and what our options are

11:20 What Are Our Abilities and Options?

  • Always be thinking about chemical and physical properties
  • If it’s a leak, figure out if you can stop it – is it a liquid, gas, or solid?
  • Is there a big hole, little hole, long hole, short hole, cap replacement, etc.?
  • Remember that your options are limited by what you have on hand
  • Can you stop the leak at the source?
  • Time is also a consideration – waiting for a resource could easily change how we move forward
  • Manpower is also a consideration – you could be working with a skeleton crew or have more than enough people

18:25 Choosing PPE

  • All forms of PPE have their own unique limitations and benefits
  • At the operations level, decon is simple – just open the line and wash it off like you’re doing an emergency decon
  • At the technician level, it’s a lot more than just a hose line and requires us to go deeper into decon
  • Making sure you can get harmful substances off of you is just the tip of the iceberg

23:50 Executing Your Plan

  • Once the ICS has been established, it’s time to set up our decontamination zones
  • The hot zone isn’t as well-defined as other zones and may need to be flexible as the scene changes in size
  • The cold zone is the area between the isolation line and the hot zone – this is where we put all of our standby resources
  • The warm zone is an area set aside for decon and as a place to hold people that can’t go into the cold zone yet
  • If the situation is bad enough, we may also need to consider downwind evacuation for the public
  • At that point, we’re ready to go in – communication is extremely important
  • Factors, environments, and situations change – you always need to be ready to take a step back and stop when the situation goes beyond the plan

29:20 APIE Continued: E is for Evaluate

  • We should constantly be evaluating what we’re doing – is it working? If it’s not, what can we change?
  • Be flexible with your ideas, and don’t hold on to an idea that isn’t working
  • If you’re entry level, communicate with your officer regarding what’s going on – help them see your little picture so they can better assess the big picture
  • Officers and chiefs need to trust their techs and remember that they know what they’re doing – if you feel you can’t trust them, that’s something to work on

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