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Plan in place to burn off remaining chemical from Akron plant fire

The Akron (OH) Fire Department and Emerald Performance Materials have announced the plan to get rid of the remaining chemical that burned in a huge fire at the plant on July 18.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.   .
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Local firefighters get hands-on hazmat training on CSX’s Safety Train

  Columbus, OH - Central Ohio firefighters and first responders learned Wednesday how to handle railroad emergencies involving hazardous materials using CSX’s Safety Train, a rolling classroom.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.
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US floods rescue workers sue over chemical plant fire

Crosby, TX - Seven emergency workers who responded to the aftermath of last month's mega-storm Harvey sued chemical company Arkema Thursday for exposing them to smoke from a fire at its flooded Texas plant.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .    
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CHEMTREC's Birthday Chemical emergency response service marks milestone anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 2011 marks the 40th year of operations for CHEMTREC, the world’s foremost emergency call center that provides immediate critical response information during emergency incidents involving chemicals, hazardous materials and dangerous goods.   A service of the American Chemistry Council, CHEMTREC is a round-the-clock public service hotline available to fire fighters, law enforcement officials and other personnel who are the first responders in emergency situations. With links to the largest on-call network of chemical and hazardous material experts in the world, including chemical and response specialists, public emergency services, and private contractors, and more than four million accessible Materials Safety Data Sheets, CHEMTREC provides crucial assistance during incidents ranging from minor to critical.   “When faced with an incident involving hazardous materials or dangerous goods, emergency responders need access to reliable information and assistance immediately,” said Randy Speight, managing director of CHEMTREC. “Every day of the year for...
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North American energy capitals such as Houston and Calgary have traditionally served as headquarters for the specialized emergency response services that the oil and gas industry requires. However, while still leading energy centers, these cities have increasingly become only part of the far reaching and expanding worldwide energy development.   “Transporting personnel and equipment from North America to locations as far away as Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the Caspian Sea or Africa encompasses extended timelines upwards of two or three days to respond to an event,” said Mike Allcorn, Managing Director of Alert Disaster Control (ALERT).   ALERT is an international emergency response and risk management solutions services company whose expertise includes oilfield fire fighting and blowout control, critical well integrity, well control/relief well engineering, marine and industrial fire fighting and hazard materials control response activities. It services industries ranging from energy exploration and development to chemical production and manufacturing....
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Compromising Position

In March 2015, a hazmat emergency involving a shipping container shut down North America's third largest port facility   Finding personnel willing and able to operate heavy equipment at Canada’s Port Metro Vancouver during a massive hazardous materials incident in March proved to be the most difficult aspect of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service’s emergency response.   Heat generated by chemical decomposition destroyed more than 22 tons of tricholorisocyanic acid, a caustic bleaching agent, sealed in an intermodal shipping container. The orientation of adjacent stacked containers blocked access through either end to reach the runaway decomposition, said Dan Wood, VFRS’ Assistant Chief for Emergency Operations.   Wood served as the incident commander during the March 4 emergency at the port’s Centerm container terminal. Emergency responders were on scene within 11 minutes, but port workers had already evacuated, Wood said.   “As the incident progressed, it became an issue as to where...
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Terror At Bay

Terror is, by definition, a psychological phenomenon; a state of extreme fear within the psyche of a subject. It is not necessary that an individual be harmed or even be in danger of being harmed.    All that is required to create a condition of being “terrified” is that the subject be convinced that he/she is in a precarious situation. In fact, those who would employ terror as a weapon may well prefer that their victims remain uninjured. A panic stricken crowd is much more difficult to control than an equal number of uninjured personnel. By the same token the dedicated terrorist would prefer to have his activities result in injuries rather than in fatalities. An injured person may tie up a number of badly needed caregivers to provide aid and assistance to the terrorist’s casualty while a fatality can wait until order is restored and an organized body retrieval operation...
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