Hazmat WMD Responders

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How to Handle a WMD / Hazmat Incident... "SCARIE PMS" by Michael Schlags

A more detailed accounting for how to deal with a Hazmat / WMD incident will be included on this site but for now, sans a lot of explanation, the below acronym SCARIE-PMS will pretty much get you through any incident. I've used it as a company commander for wildland incidents, MCI's, structure fires, hazmat incidents, etc.

If it's not simple, you won't remember it. So thinking about hazmat incidents for example, one could say that a hazmat incident is really scarie, specially at night... and always be safe... However you have to remember the acronym, trust me, it works. Nothing is worse that pulling up on scene and not having an immediate game plan.

S C A R I E - P M S

S - Size Up (1st on scene company officer relays all of this to the Battalion Chief)
C - Command (done right away, starts the incident command structure for escalating incidents)
A - Assistance (get help coming asap, you can always send them back
R - Rescue (worth the risk? candle to moth scenario? loser?)
I - Isolation (hot, warm and cold zones for mci, hazmat or WMD incidents)
E - Evacuation (or shelter in place)

P- Person Responsible (find someone who knows the building, the area, the chemicals, etc.)
M - Material Identification (what do you have? can it mix with water? what can go wrong?)
S - Stage incoming equipment and always be safe!

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Comment by Shawn on April 21, 2012 at 9:43am

Friendly Reminder To Get Ready For ERG 2012

Four years have passed since the U.S. Department of Transportation released the Emergency Response Guide 2008 which means that it's now time for a new edition of the ERG.


Like a trusty sidekick, the ERG should always be on your person or at least not very far from you if there is a possibility that the work you do will have you confronted with a HAZMAT incident at some point.


The Emergency Response Guide 2012 is due to come out very soon so be sure to make the switch from your ERG 2008 for the 2012 version.


There are some notable changes in the upcoming 2012 version that are not in the 2008 version. According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation those changes include:

  • Added Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE) chart to Fire and Spill Control section
  • Added an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) safe standoff distances chart to criminal/terrorist section

As well as several other notable changes. A summary of all the new changes can be seen at this link:


Another notable change involves the apperance of the ERG itself. There has been talk that the ERG 2012 will have the same cover style that it has always had (see below):


But there is also conflicting talk that the cover style of the ERG 2012 will be new and completely different (see below):

Either way, regardless of the cover that is finally chosen for the ERG 2012, the content inside will be different from the prior version which is why it is important to get it. Even if you don't get the ERG 2012 right away and continue to use the 2008 version for awhile, you should really make it a priority to obtain the 2012 version as soon as possible.

Comment by Shawn on April 17, 2012 at 8:28am

International Hazardous Materials Response Team Conference

The International Hazardous Materials Response Team Conference is taking place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland.

The conference begins May 17 and continues until May 20th. The conference is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IACF) and highlights the latest trends in HAZMAT emergency response, training and equipment.

Emergency responders serving in fire departments, the private industry, Dept. of Environmental Protection, the federal government and various other agencies are expected to attend this event. The large number of individuals and organizations means that there will be plenty of opportunities to network.

Wednesday, April 18, is the last day for early registration. Those who register early for the conference are able to attend at a cheaper rate rather than those who end up having to pay extra to attend because they missed early registration.

*Assessing Damage to Rail Tank Cars
*What Every Hazmat Leader Needs to Know to be Successful

*Emergency Response to Hydrogen Peroxide Incidents
*Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for Hazmat Preparedness and Response
*The History of Hazmat
*The Once in a Career Event
*Chemical Suicides: Information for the First Responder
*Hazmat Prevention for K-12 Schools

*HAZMAT teams and bomb threats/explosive devices

As well as many other workshops besides the ones listed here.

Even if you aren't able to make early registration and have to pay full price, the conference still sounds like it is very much worth attending. The 2012 conference is shaping up to be the best on record.

Those with IAFC membership pay less than those without membership whether for early or regular registration. However, there are scholarships available for those who are unable to pay full price for the conference.

For those who are interested in attending they can find out more at:

Comment by Shawn on July 13, 2011 at 1:24pm
For those of you living in or around York County in the state of Pennsylvania, the York County Hazardous Materials Response team is desperately in need of new members.

The team is going through a dire crisis directly related to manpower shortages and may have to disband if it cannot increase it's ranks.

In 2004, the team had 54 members while today it only has 20 members. The team requires at least 10 members per call.

The team is entirely made up of volunteers.

York County HAZMAT is a highly trained and equiped team under the command of the County of York Department of Emergency Services.

If the team's ranks continue to drop in number, the team will be disbanded and a HAZMAT team from a neighboring county will be tasked with handling HAZMAT incidents in York County.

Of course, waiting for a HAZMAT team from another county could allow a toxic substances to spread and endanger property, the environment and lives.

If you live in the area and want to be apart of a HAZMAT team, here is your opportunity.

Those with questions about joining or wanting to offer assistance are encouraged to call Tom Graybill at (717)840-2913.

The following are helpful links to the team's home page and a news article on the situation:

*York County HMRT:

*CBS News 21 - York Co. hazmat team needs volunteers:
Comment by George Parker on May 17, 2011 at 8:08am
Gryphonoilfields & logistics (UK) is currently recruiting workers willing to travel abroad for oilfields jobs.
Responds to Fire, Hydrocarbon and Toxic Gas Release, Rescue and Fire Loss Control related situations.

List of work opportunities includes many support roles such as Fire fighter jobs,Welders, Heavy Trucking jobs,Crane operators ,HSE officers, logistics support and power generation support.

Project plan is 2011-2015.
For more details send in your resume/CV via email:
Comment by Kevin Schulz on May 3, 2011 at 11:59pm
Looking for a great hazmat awareness powerpoint and lecture. Can anybody help?


Comment by Jessica J Joiner on April 6, 2011 at 3:23pm
Good Afternoon everyone!

Below you will find a copy of the most current training calendar for the Center for Domestic Preparedness (April-September 2011)as well as a copy of our Resident Program List which coincides with the calendar.

Current Resident Tng Calendar.ppt

New Program List 3-16-11.xls

Our training is completely funded at no cost to you or your organization for state, local and tribal responders and includes round trip flight arrangements into Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), transportation to and from the Center, meals and snacks during training period, lodging, training and training material. We do cover some fees associated with getting to the airport, airport parking, baggage fees and returning home. We will pay mileage for someone who chooses to drive their personal vehicle, .50 cents a mile not to exceed the price of an airline ticket from the same location.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you!!
Comment by Stephen Messer on March 24, 2011 at 12:35am
Would like to invite all to join the CBRNE Response group on Firefighternation!!!!
Comment by Alison Aprhys on February 7, 2011 at 4:56pm
Hi everyone, I'm a volunteer firefighter with the CFA in Victoria, Australia.

This is an interesting forum, I look forward to reading more about the Hazmat experiences in this group. So far I have only completed my Hazmat Awareness course but I am looking forward to learning more down the track.

FYI here is a link to an article I wrote about the Hazmat experts within CFA.
Comment by Harry Baker on December 1, 2010 at 3:30pm
I agree, great program. Question about the adashi program if you guys have any input on it. We respond to alot of unknowns I cant figure out how to start a action log without a chemical name. I then need to go to our cobra progam because it will let me start a action log without a chemical name. Then lol if you have the cobra system is there a way to generate a formal report on it. I truly dont think there is a answer for either of my questions thou I would like to think I am missing something. Always willing to learn if you guys know. I am glad to see some movement here on the board.
Comment by Mike on December 1, 2010 at 12:37pm
The WISER program is an excellent resource. I strongly recommend it as one of your tools. I have used it online and as a stand-alone program. Well worth the price, which is free.

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