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THMG139 – Interview with Mike Callan, Part II


In part 2 of a 2 part series, Bob and Mike conclude their discussion with Mike Callan.

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Complete Show Notes

2:45 Public Utility Commissions and Education

  • Mike works with students on placarding – they don’t always know the colors but can always identify corrosives
  • Story about firefighters, SCBA, and placarding – tied back to Mike’s Gonzo character

5:30 Story/Lesson: Tear Banner Guard® Tape Down When You Back Up

6:00 Story/Lesson: Wear the Right Level of PPE

8:30 Fire Engineering Magazine

  • Designed to serve as a resource for training
  • Founder wrote Fire Service Hydraulics
  • Mike went down and talked to him a few years ago

11:00 Story/Lesson: Hazmat Armchair Quarterbacks

16:30 Growth & Gaps in Hazmat

  • The fundamentals have never changed and never will – awareness, recognition, and identification
  • We’re paying huge amounts of money for identification devices, but most of them don’t tell us what the substance will do to us
  • Plus, many of these meters also don’t give us dosage amounts for safe, unsafe, and dangerous chemicals
  • Understand that it’s always about exposure and the human element – information management is critical to success
  • We need a solid knowledge foundation – be generalists and have a well-rounded information base so you can help your fellow firefighters
  • Hazmat always has to be practical – as we get more sophisticated, we’re not necessarily as practical as we need to be
  • There’s no such thing as an unknown, and the more you know, the more you can build on it

24:50 How to Contact Mike

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