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 SS
- 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 backR
- 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!