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    IAFC Introduces the Electronic Learning Community

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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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  • 08/28/07--05:42: 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--07:19: 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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    When encountering a container such as this, use the Emergency Response Guidebook to help you deal with the container.

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    The firefighters were rushed to the hospital after a small fire at a chemical distribution company turned into a major hazmat response

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    Officials are suing a trucking company over a chemical spill cleanup, claiming firefighters unwittingly handled a hazardous chemical that damaged equipment

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    South Metro Fire Rescue firefighters will now treat every fire as a hazmat incident by going through extra steps to decontaminate

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    The University of Ottawa study suggests that the toxins still enter the body, despite the full turnout gear that firefighters use

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    The tires' steel wheels are so hot that firefighters can't cool them and extinguish the blaze, which likely will continue emitting toxic smoke for the next week