Planning the Response

Whether you are trained to the operations, technician or command level, the first task of every first responder to a hazmat or WMD emergency is the same. It's size up - or what the NFPA standard on hazmat competencies calls Analyzing the Incident.

A systematic risk-based response begins with an analysis of the problem - assessing the hazards, evaluating the potential consequences and then choosing the best response actions.

Planning the Response is the third program in the Hazmat Legend Series. It is designed to provide training and information to all personnel who seek or wish to improve their competencies as hazmat responders. This program is ideal whether you have new recruits to train or want to provide a stimulating refresher for your team.

In this program, the legends discuss the critical process hazmat responders of all levels should take when sizing up a hazardous materials incident.

Topics covered include:

  • The incident commander's role.
  • Identifying action options.
  • Determining appropriate actions based on facts, science and circumstances.
  • Determining the feasibility of conducting victim rescue and recovery operations.
  • Coordinating public protective actions.
  • Identifying the process for selecting protective clothing at a hazardous material/WMD incident.
  • Identifying the differences between exposure and contamination.
  • Selecting a decontamination procedure.

Included in the package is a Resource CD-ROM with testing materials, a risk management case study and additional resources that will help instructors with seminar presentations.

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SpecificationsEmergency Film Group, 2015
32 minutes, narrated

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