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    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed performance appropriate standards and test procedures for all classes of respirators that will provide respiratory protection from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agent inhalation hazards. These NIOSH CBRN respirator standards can be accessed at www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/standardsdev/cbrn/.In addition ...

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    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has adopted two additional NFPA standards for first responders: NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents; and NFPA 473, Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction ...

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    Wayne Allen, President of Euramco Safety, announced the ATEX Certification and said the company was pleased their RAMFAN line of Hazardous Location Blowers will bear the EX mark issued by UL, attesting to its compliance with International Hazardous Location Safety Standards.

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    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the SAE International will be co-sponsoring the U.S. National Electric Vehicles Safety Standards Summit on October 19-20, 2010, at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan.

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    IAFC Introduces the Electronic Learning Community

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  • 08/28/07--12:42: Hydrogen sulfide gas dangers
  • Oil and gas production across the western United States has increased dramatically and can have an impact on fire suppression operations and expose fire personnel to health hazards. Many parts of the western United States also have natural occurring coal seams that can also produce potentially toxic gases as well. Fire personnel can be exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas (H²S). which is commonly expelled ...

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    Firefighters in the wildland urban interface may encounter hazards other than the fire itself, such as hazardous materials, utility lines and poor access.

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    There are times when a first responder must treat a patient who has been exposed to or present amid harmful radiation. To aid responders, the EPA has issued guidelines for responding to these emergencies...

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  • 12/19/08--15:19: Recognize Risk Factors
  • Exposures occur in several forms and by several routes. Respiratory exposures occur because firefighters remove breathing apparatus without knowing airborne hazards exist...

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  • 12/15/08--09:52: The Observation Option
  • Hazmat crews do well sometimes to observe hazardous materials events from a distance. Confined chemical reactions, potential BLEVE incidents or even situations where fire erupts can all result at these incidents.

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    By David Peterson Training sessions for hazmat response can become boring, monotonous and stale over time. This staleness can take its toll with a downturn in the team's morale and even resignations of members. If left alone, good operating hazmat teams can quickly become dysfunctional and difficult to correct. So what can be done to prevent a hazmat team's demise from a training perspective? The answer ...

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    The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for changes to state flammability standards for upholstered furniture in an effort to reduce the use of what he says are toxic flame retardants. Brown said in a statement on Monday that a growing body of evidence shows chemicals used as retardants harm human health and the environment. He has asked state officials to update ...

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    The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A gas explosion at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center caused the evacuation of over 5,000 guests Tuesday night, but no injuries were reported and guests were allowed back inside early Wednesday. Capt. Ken Walburn of the Nashville Fire Department said the explosion occurred at around 8:15 p.m. in the convention center portion of the hotel away ...

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    By Kristin Hoppa The St. Joseph News-Press JOPLIN, Mo. — More than a year after a violent tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., emergency responders from that city relived the experience with their Northwest Missouri counterparts. "We all got 10 years of experience in two weeks," said Scott Cranford, Joplin Fire Department assistant training chief. "Multiple causalities, injuries ...

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    It is our reality that after all their work is done in New York, there is still more work to do, work that requires an equal amount of effort.

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    By Kantele Franko and Mitch Stacy The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Part of a freight train carrying ethanol derailed and caught fire in Ohio's capital city early Wednesday, shooting flames skyward into the darkness and prompting the evacuation of a mile-wide area as firefighters and hazardous materials crews monitored the blaze. Norfolk Southern said it appeared about 11 cars of a southbound ...

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    By David N. Goodman The Associated Press DETROIT — For the second time in days, a bogus bomb threat closed a major crossing in Detroit between the U.S. and Canada for several hours. Detroit police said a 911 call came in around 7:20 p.m. Monday to authorities on the U.S. side of the Ambassador Bridge, which links Detroit with the Canadian city of Windsor. The caller said a bomb would go off in ...

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    The Associated PressEDMONDS, Wash. — A fire spokeswoman says blame the crows for a "suspicious powder" scare at Washington state intersection that detoured traffic for more than an hour. Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes tells The Daily Herald (http://is.gd/Fs8yKM) that a hazardous materials team responded Tuesday to a report about an unknown white powder in the roadway ...

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    Hazmat crews responded to the scene along with scores of police officers and medics

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    Firefighters were positioned at scene as a precaution

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