1. Attempt at burning derailment vapor goes WRONG!
  2. PPE saves two lives (Video)
  4. New versions of CAMEOfm and Tier2 Submit
  5. MARPLOT 5.0.3 is now available for download
  6. Atmospheric Storage Tank fails under fire conditions (caught on helmet cam)
  7. MARPLOT 5.0.2 is now available for download
  8. CDC/NIOSH just answered the question... is LEVEL A needed for a NH3 release?
  9. New releases of WISER are available for every current platform
  10. Fire Protection Deficiencies to incorporate into our inspection programs and internal audit programs
  11. Today marks the 1-year Anniversary of "The Back Bay Blaze" where UNSAFE Hot Work Practices claimed the lives of two Boston FF's
  12. MARPLOT 5.0.1 is now available for download
  13. MARPLOT 5.0 Available for Windows and Mac
  14. Controlled vent and burn of product in derailed tank cars in Gainford, Alberta
  15. Crude By Rail Emergency Response 4-Hour Web-based Training
  16. So does the state of Ohio require an annual fire drill?
  17. Means of Egress: Handrails (USFA)
  18. Incidental Release or Uncontrolled Release of NH3 - What say you?
  19. HAZWOPER Question... Does a person who will ONLY participate in Decon be required to have Operations or Tech level training?
  20. OSHA HAZWOPER Citations @ manufacturer of plastic thermoformed products (HAZWOPER, PPE & HAZCOM; $49K)
  21. OSHA's First Aid and BBP training requirements
  22. Minor update versions of MARPLOT and CAMEOfm are now available
  23. Airline Respirator Hose Storage (firefighter fell unconscious)
  24. New Versions of CAMEOfm and Tier2 Submit are available
  25. Fire Dynamics: The A, B, C, D and K’s of Fire (USFA)
  26. WISER for iOS 3.1.1 Released & Important Ebola Resources
  27. How NOT to manage a Propane Release scene! (Video)
  28. Portable Extinguishers: Monthly Inspections (USFA)
  29. Drawing the line between “Operators” and “Emergency Responders”
  30. Knowing the limitations of your emergency response equipment
  31. SCBA Cylinder Retester Locations (PHMSA)
  32. Three Firefighters Injured While Recharging A Pressurized Water Fire Extinguisher
  33. EPA EPCRA citations @ Brewery (NH3 and $20K)
  34. Can FF Turn-Out Gear be repaired with "used" materials from other gear (NFPA Interp)
  35. NFPA BLEVE Training Video (Full 20 Minutes)
  36. UNPREPARED Emergency Escape Breath Devices (EEBD)/Emergency Life Support Apparatus (ELSA) (USCG)
  37. Storage Practices: Controlled Atmosphere Storage (USFA)
  38. SAFER Systems Unveils Free Chemical Emergency Response Smartphone App. With Real-Time Weather and Traffic Data
  39. OSHA Notice of stakeholder meeting - Emergency Response
  41. Why is 1910.120(q)(3)(iv) such a mystery?
  42. Fire Brigades paper work requirements
  43. Do you have good breathing air?
  44. Understanding Emergency and Standby Power Levels (USFA/NFPA)
  45. U.S. DOT Takes New Emergency Actions as Part of Comprehensive Strategy to Keep Crude Oil Shipments Safe
  46. BLEVE Training Video from Transport Canada
  47. BLEVE Training video from 1970's (Amazing footage)
  48. Explaining the mechanics of a BLEVE (NFPA)
  49. Drone fly-over at VA train derailment (Video)
  50. OSHA fines manufacturer of electrical power delivery products after multiple workers injured by acid mixture (HAZWOPER and $166,000)
  51. New Emergency Kit "C" Instructional Video Now Available (Video)
  52. Are you maintaining your LEVEL A suits "by the book"?
  53. Scott Safety Announces the Scott Extended Life 30-Year Cylinder
  54. Newly Released B-Kit (Ton Cylinder) and C-Kit (Chlorine Tank Cars & Tank Trucks) Now Available and FREE Download
  55. OSHA's emergency response expectations in 1910.120
  56. Electronic Incident Command System (ICS) Forms from USCG and NOAA
  57. Take a walk with Firefighters investigating a 4,000 pound NH3 release (Video)
  58. The difference in DECON
  59. EPCRA Reporting of Releases
  60. LEARNING from Training Errors - Live Fire Drill spayed jet fuel onto prop instead of water
  61. Evaluation and Acceptance of Emergency Breathing Support Systems (EBSS) Incorporated into SCBA Approvals
  62. (UPDATED on 3/10/14) Friendly Tier II reminder for Ohio facilities (FD/LEPC Approval Signature)
  63. Fatal Foam System Discharge
  64. WebWISER 4.5 is now available
  65. MSHA has updated the coal mine rescue team certification criteria
  66. Are Ohio Fire Departments required to have a Respiratory Protection Program?
  67. Ohio Firefighters and Safety Standards
  68. Characteristics of the Incident Command System: Part 5 (USFA)
  69. New versions of CAMEOfm and Tier2 Submit are now available
  70. Characteristics of the Incident Command System: Part 4 (USFA)
  71. WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available
  72. A new version of MARPLOT is available (4.2.4)
  73. NIOSH Updates Methodology for establishing IDLH Values
  74. OSHA's Frequently Asked Questions on HAZWOPER (1910.120)
  75. Characteristics of the Incident Command System: Part 3 (USFA)
  76. Buyer Beware! Don’t Be Fooled by Online-Only CPR or First Aid Certification Scams
  77. Characteristics of the Incident Command System: Part 2 (USFA)
  78. Characteristics of the Incident Command System: Part 1 (USFA)
  79. How NOT to handle an emergency (NOX release over major highway) Video
  80. NH3 Suppression Tarp - HIGHLY EFFECTIVE (video)
  81. Liquefied Natural Gas Safety and Emergency Response Video (PHMSA)
  82. Fire Pumps: Cavitation (USFA)
  83. New versions of ALOHA and CAMEO Chemicals are now available
  84. PART II - Scene Management is a function of IC (20 Ton NH3 Release)
  85. Standpipe Systems: Standpipe Hose Connection Clearance (USFA)
  86. Baltimore Derailment crossing Impact and Explosion (Video - 5/2013)
  87. National Academies Press Releases New Volume of AEGLs Publication
  88. Employers CHOICES differ between EPA and OSHA with Emergency Response decisions
  89. Infamous video of FF blown off Ladder Truck in Pasadena, TX
  90. Scene Management is a function of IC
  91. FREE Emergency HAZMAT Planning Guide
  92. The lost art of preplanning and the role of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
  93. West, TX Explosion and Community Emergency Response Plan?
  94. HIGH CHALLENGE Warehousing: Ammonium Nitrate as a typical case study (NFPA)
  95. Sprinkler System's OS&Y Valves
  96. Chlorine and Mouthpiece Emergency Escape Respirators
  97. A new version of MARPLOT is available (4.2.3)
  98. Modified Emergency Kit “C” Application for Certain Dual Valve Systems
  99. EPA publishes "Area Contingency Planning Handbook"
  100. UPDATE to the "Ammonia behaving badly... it is suppose to rise!" (Video)
  101. The Role of Scene Assessment or Size-up (USFA)
  102. CAMEO Chemicals 2.4 is now available
  103. What training is REQUIRED for "Incident Commanders"?
  104. FDA looking to REQUIRE AED approvals
  105. WISER for iOS 3.1
  106. “Getting Ready for the Unimagined:” Looking at the Emergency Operations Plan (USFA)
  107. Emergency Egress and Fire Doors
  108. Fire Extinguishers... Did you know they have to be identified?
  109. A rescue caught on tape, FF's rescue 4-year old from 2nd floor
  110. FREE "Incident Safety Officer (ISO)" Training videos (4 Parts)
  111. FREE NFPA Guide to Understanding & Implementing NFPA 1500, 1720, and 1851
  112. How long does a 4500 psi SCBA cylinder really last
  113. Respirators and Emergency Working Conditions
  114. Incident Commander Characteristics (USFA)
  115. Emergency SCBAs and OSHA requirements
  116. Key Changes to NFPA 1981/1982 SCBA Requirements
  117. The Incident Commander (from USFA)
  118. SCBA's and LOW TEMPERATURE use and storage
  119. FREE Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) Training
  120. Mandatory elements of a HAZWOPER baseline physical examination
  121. CHLOREP Informational Bulletin: 2012 DOT/TC Emergency Response Guidebook
  122. Ray O'Brocki, of the Baltimore Fire Department, explains how night clubs and other high-capacity facilities deal with fire safety
  123. 2012 DOT ERG Training Video (21 Minutes)
  124. What you need to know about nightclub safety (NFPA Video)
  125. The FULL and UNEDITED Station Nightclub Fire Video (from within)
  126. BLEVE in the back of pickup at drive thru (Video)
  127. A VERY POWERFUL FIRE SAFETY message (Station Nightclub Survivor)
  128. Vent and Burn Training Video from Transport Canada
  129. Inspection Techniques: Egress Door Hardware Considerations
  130. Chlorine Leak video footage (17K pound 2002 Festus, MO)
  131. CI C-Kit Training Video
  132. On "oldie" but a goodie... Original CI C-Kit Video
  133. New versions of CAMEO 2.4 and Tier2 Submit
  134. Pipeline Safety: Communication During Emergency Situations
  135. Just The Facts...About The C-Kit (From CI)
  136. Shelter-in-Place Suggestions
  137. Cracking and Ruptures of SCBA Aluminum Cylinders Made from 6351 Alloy
  138. Safety Advisory; High Pressure Aluminum Seamless and Aluminum Composite Hoop-Wrapped Cylinders
  139. USFA Special Report: Prevention of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Failures
  140. 2012 DOT ERG by the numbers
  141. SCBA Cylinder Catastrophic Failure from Stress Corrosion Cracking
  142. Hydro-Testing of SCBA Cylinders
  143. CAMEO Chemicals mobile site now available
  144. The new "Table 3" in the 2012 DOT ERG
  145. Chemical facility faces ammonia leak penalty
  146. CHLOREP Informational Bulletin: 2012 DOT/TC Emergency Response Guidebook
  147. UL warns of counterfeit UL Mark on single-jacketed fire hose
  148. A "vent and burn" operation on I-10 in LA
  149. NEW version of CAMEO Chemicals is now available
  150. Emergency Response Equipment Maintenance
  151. Mandatory elements of a HAZWOPER baseline physical examination (OSHA LOI issued 7/2012)
  152. Columbus, OH Derailment Fire
  153. WISER for iOS 3.0 - Now Available in the Apple App Store
  154. Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Remaining Service-Life Indicator Performance Requirements
  155. Threshold Planning Quantities for EHS revised
  156. Introduction to the 2012 DOT Emergency Response Guide Book from PHMSA (Video)
  157. 2012 DOT Emergency Response Guidebook available for download
  158. Emergency Response Guidebook 2012 Summary of Changes (April 2012)
  159. The future of fixed fire protection????
  160. What's wrong with this scene?
  161. Who falls into OSHA’s HAZWOPER “Awareness” group?
  162. Volunteer Emergency Responders - who enforces their safety?
  163. Emergency Response Resources Side-by-Side Comparison
  164. PHOSGENE Emergency Response Data (insert for ERP)
  165. METHANOL Emergency Response Data (insert for ERP)
  166. HYDROFLUORIC ACID (HF) Emergency Response Data (insert for ERP)
  167. CHLORINE Emergency Response Data (insert for ERP)
  168. Ammonia Emergency Response Data (insert for ERP)
  169. Ammonia Exposure – Pre-hospital Medical Management
  170. Sample Protocol for a Response Plan (General Outline)
  171. What are Public Exposure Guidelines?
  172. What are Protective Action Criteria for Chemicals (PACs)?
  173. What are Temporary Emergency Exposure Limits (TEELs)?
  174. What are Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs)?
  175. What are Emergency Response Planning Guidelines (ERPGs)?
  176. My podcast with Garden City Ammonia Program on ER
  177. Breaking down 1910.120(q)(2) Written ERP requirements
  178. Analysis of an ammonia spill and response
  179. Medical Fact Sheet for Ammonia
  180. How to use the DOT Emergency Response Guide Book (video)
  181. "Shelter-in-Place" may not be as EASY as it sounds
  182. Understanding OSHA's HAZWOPER standard for Emergency Response
  183. HAZMAT Team members MUST have an EXIT PHYSICAL
  184. New versions of ALOHA and CAMEO Chemicals are now available (3/22/12)
  185. The OLD and NEW IDLH and a little history about the MOST important term for any HAZMAT Technician
  186. Next Generation Breathing Apparatus A MUST SEE if you use SCBA's
  187. NUCOS: Unit Converter for Spill Responders
  188. FREE Training Resources for Responding to Ethanol Incidents
  189. Emergency Planning and Preparedness (CSB Video)
  190. Emergency Responders and Fit Testing
  191. Wind Socks… a critical piece of Equipment?
  192. Another how NOT TO RESPOND video (Ammonia Tanker)
  193. 1984 Mexico City BLEVE (1984)
  194. Crude Tank "Boilover" Explanation (2 Videos)
  195. Properties of Anhydrous Ammonia
  196. UPDATE - Calling the National Response Center
  197. 911 Call - 28-year old killed by forklift
  198. How NOT to respond to an Ammonia Leak!
  199. Anhydrous Ammonia Pipeline Rupture
  200. SCBA Cylinder Failure Incident
  201. Oxygen Depletion in Level A Hazmat Suits
  202. Ammonia Gas can deliver you shrink wrapped!
  203. New versions of ALOHA and CAMEO Chemicals are now available
  204. NIST Study Finds Failure Points in Firefighter Protective Equipment
  205. Comparing Results of Two Chlorine Release Field Experiments—Wild Stallion and Jack Rabbit
  206. Application of source term and dispersion models in developing Protective Action Distances in the Emergency Response Guidebook
  207. Siting of emergency response equipment & personnel?
  208. Does your ERP contain SPECIFICS?
  209. How do all the different levels of HAZWOPER training fit together and what level do I need to respond?
  210. PERFECT Example of a "Pre-Planning" lapse!
  211. Can your local Fire Department meet your needs?
  212. Who calls 911? (Alias: who-calls-911)
  213. Hands-On Railcars - Anhydrous Ammonia (Video)
  215. Off-Site Emergency Response Training Limitations
  216. Fire Door Basics
  217. Are all EXIT signs created equal?
  218. FIRE EXTINGUISHER FATALITY and inspections
  219. SIMPLE and CHEAP methods for on-scene medical monitoring
  220. What makes a "response" an "emergency response" under 1910.120
  221. Medical Monitoring of a HAZMAT Team
  222. Understanding 1910.120 as it applies to a HAZMAT team
  223. Liquid Nitrogen BLEVE Demo Vid #1
  224. Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE)
  225. BLEVE Training Video Part 1 - EXCELLENT Info
  226. BLEVE Training Video Part 2 - EXCELLENT info
  227. Bleve Test - LPG Railcar (Video)
  228. 1983 Murdoch, IL LPG Railcar BLEVE (Video)
  229. BLEVE - Explanation from NFPA (Video)
  230. BLEVE Training Video
  231. States of Matter (Video)
  232. Standpipe Systems...What is required?
  233. Fire Hoses on Standpipe Systems...To connect or not to connect!
  234. The OLD and NEW IDLH and a little history about the MOST important term for any HAZMAT Technician
  235. Dangerous misunderstanding around a B.L.E.V.E.
  236. Ethanol Safety Organization for safety professionals and emergency response
  237. MSDS and Emergency Response Alert from EPA
  238. TRANSCAER schedules emergency response training tour for anhydrous ammonia
  239. Does my plant/site manager have to be trained in HAZWOPER?
  240. Chlorine Institute C-Kit Briefing Paper
  241. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(xii) Use of the Local Emergency Response Plan (LERP) or the State Emergency Response Plan (SERP)
  242. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(xi) PPE and Emergency Equipment
  243. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(x) Critiques of Response and Follow-up
  244. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(ix) Emergency Alerting and Response Procedures
  245. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(viii) Emergency Medical Treatment Procedures
  246. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(vii) Decontamination
  247. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(vi) Evacuation Routes and Procedures
  248. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(v) Site Security and Control
  249. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(iv) Safe Distances and Places of Refuge
  250. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(iii) Emergency Recognition and Prevention
  251. Your Emergency Response Plan (q)(2)(ii) Personnel Roles, Lines of Authority, Training, and Communication
  252. Your Emergency Response Plan Section (q)(2)(i) - Pre-emergency Planning and Coordination
  253. Emergency Response & PSM Tip
  254. What must be in my EAP?
  255. Do I Need an Emergency Action Plan?
  256. Fight or Flight
  257. From an EAP to an ERP???
  258. CHLOREP NextGen Bulletin
  259. How strong is your headcount procedure?
  260. WISER 4.4 is now available!
  261. Safety and Health Tip HAZMAT Evacuation iPhone App
  262. Thoughts of an Emergency Responder

More than a year after a major train derailment, video has emerged showing how two hazmat techs were almost killed. Twenty-six rail cars went off the tracks — a number of them filled with toxic or flammable chemicals — and some of them exploded and burned.  Hours later, most of the fire had been extinguished. Members of a hazardous materials crew were using road flares to burn off flammable materials, tossing one flare from a distance toward one of the derailed cars. The video recorded what happened next…  A large fireball expanded out of the site and appeared to engulf two HAZMAT Techs, who had been brought in by the railroad. Because of their turn-out gear, the two HAZMAT Techs were able to walk away without injury.

Screen Shot 2015 11 21 at 11.00.46 PMThe 2016 ERG will cover approximately 3,500 materials and feature 62 separate guides for describing what to do when different categories of hazardous materials may have been released. Features include:

What's changed in CAMEOfm 3.2?

  • Added intersections to the Advanced Search for the Routes module
  • Added new "Find Broken Links" and "Remove Broken Links" items in MARPLOT Sharing menu to help quickly resolve problems with CAMEOfm records that are linked to map objects that no longer exist in your current copy of MARPLOT
  • Replaced EHS checkbox with Yes/No radio buttons
  • Updated to latest FEMA resource typing definitions
  • Updated to latest NAICS list (used in ID drop-down list for Facilities)
  • Updated to allow import of Tier2 Submit 2015 files
  • Updated state-specific fields
  • Upgraded to FileMaker 14
  • Revised helps
  • Made minor bugs fixes and changes

What's changed in MARPLOT 5.0.3?

This was an atmospheric storage tank containing diesel fuel that failed under fire conditions.  I believe this to be merely a failure of an atmospheric storage tank under fire conditions and the sounds from the video make it appear that the vent was either obstructed or an undersized vent OR the venting we hear just before the FF with the camera gets knocked down is the seam(s) of the tanks ripping open and venting.  But besides the technical aspects of this event PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the response (notably the LACK of proper PPE within literally feet from these tanks!).  Also in video #2 below, you can see that the plant is still OPERATING with a fire in the tankfarm of the facility. Note the conveyor in the back ground still piling material; maybe the workers evacuated without shutting it down, but the FD should have ordered it shutdown if for no other reason its operation is NOT critical to the task at hand.

What the heck has happened to our fire service?!?!  Put on your damn turn-out gear if you are going to be in the danger zone and if leaders can not establish a danger zone and CONTROL who enters the zone then God help us.  We loose to many FF's as it is, and this incident was SHEAR LUCK that no one was killed!  Three FF's were injured when the tank failed, one of them is in serious condition and it did NOT have to be this way!

Video #2

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