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What's changed in MARPLOT 5.0.2?

In my emergency response training around the country it is always an interesting discussion when Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) comes up and the level of PPE necessary for a "safe response".  I have always stuck to my 25 years of training that NH3 qualifies for LEVEL A as it meets all the LEVEL A criteria.  However, there are a lot of folks who challenge me on this level of protection and many would even ask me to provide them with a reputable source that stated LEVEL A is necessary.  Until now, those reputable sources were wishy-washy at best as to the level of PPE needed for NH3.  Until now...

This is a listing of the Postings related to Emergency Response.

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

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Anyone ever completed any type of safety audit and not ended up with at least one item related to your fire protection systems?  Anyone?  I know I never have and I am a fanatic about my fire protection systems.  I was trained to treat them as “gold”.  No one touches them - PERIOD!  Yet in all my years I can not recall having completed a safety audit where someone found something wrong related to my fire protection systems.  So here are a few items that we can use to raise awareness about code compliance for our fire protection systems.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Boston Brownstone fire that claimed the lives of two Boston firefighters, Lt. Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy.  The fire was found to have started from welding that took place on a metal handrail in a unit next door.  The 2014 fire was a nine-alarm fire that took place on March 26, 2014 at 2:42 p.m. in a four-story brick row house at 298 Beacon Street in the Back Bay of Boston. The fire also injured eighteen others, including thirteen firefighters. The fire was believed to have been started by welders working at a nearby iron railing. On June 9, 2014, a report was released concluding that Walsh and Kennedy's deaths were both accidental.  On April 4, a number of fire officials, including Boston Fire Commissioner John Hasson, blamed the fire on sparks originating from welding being done on a nearby iron railing. The welders, according to these officials, were operating without a permit and apparently tried to warn others after the fire started.  However, the welders did not call 911, which prompted Ken Donnelly and other Massachusetts politicians to call for criminal charges to be brought against the welding company.


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