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 Neil Cohen on April 13, 2009 at 11:45am
Hazmat Trianing.
Someone sent an email out about seeking sources for Hazmat Training and i did not know how to respond to the email.

Our CoBRA software is used for Hazmat training courses as a student learning aide and we offer the program to instructures at no charge for the software, just $250 a year to cover tech support and upgrade mailings. Whomever sent out the request and was looking for tools for hazmat training courses, please contact me
Comment by Tom Ricotta on April 7, 2009 at 9:48pm
Thanks IAN, I am very familiar with many forms of tight fitting respirators, the company i work for is just getting into using Loose fitting PAPRs we went with Bullard's version. Which uses a Tygon hood. The material it's made of is, one the other questions, the other was, type of filters do they make for them, i will check there web... Thanks
Comment by IAN on April 6, 2009 at 8:54pm
Tom the respirator yes is a 3M™ Breathe Easy™ Butyl Rubber Hood Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), usually use for decontamination in health care facilities. Is use in the National Disaster Life Foundation Courses ADLS, NDLS, BDLS, is not for using in the hot zone, and basically protect the medical personel for be exposed during decontamination of mass casualties incidents, as PAPR generate positive pressure, there is a minimun risk to be contaminated during the operations. An about the pillow during decontamination it goes to the trash, basically the priority is decontaminate the patient instead of his injuries but during the process responders try to take care of it as possible as they can.
Comment by Tom Ricotta on April 6, 2009 at 6:44pm
What type of respirator are they wearing in the lower photo? Some type of loose fitting PAPR?
Comment by Ben Waller on April 5, 2009 at 4:00pm

Just curious, what is the decon plan for the pillow splint on the patient in the bottom photo?

Comment by Jake Fireman on April 4, 2009 at 12:35am
HUH what a shock that Captain Busy started the HAZMAT group!!!! lol Well..he did write the book...literally
Comment by Deanna on March 26, 2009 at 9:45pm
Thanks, I'll check into that.
Comment by IAN on March 25, 2009 at 12:28am
Deanna and for all, If this help, and I hope so you can go to this web page or contact
David Hall, Direct Training Task Leader, EAI, an SAIC Corporation, 61 Responder Drive, Anniston, AL 36205, Toll Free 866-213-9553, Office 256-847-2132, FAX 256-847-2222,,

He is in charge for the courses in Anniston, all are free but you need to send the form sign by your Chief or your training supervisor to your State Training Coordinator or Point of Contact, you find them in the CDP web, after you send your documents, my suggest is to call your Point of Contact an let him know your interest, after that If you are approve you are going to received all you travel information at no cost.
Comment by Willie Brantingham on March 24, 2009 at 9:59pm
Deanna - Contact your County LEPC office, one of their functions is to provide HazMat training to the first responders. They should be able to help you and your department members. Stay Safe!
Comment by Deanna on March 24, 2009 at 3:48pm
I'm in the process of getting more Hazmat training. Our department does assist the local Army base and City fire departments. My chief is trying to get more people trained. So far I have my Awarness. I'm sure I will be able to learn something from you all.

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