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HMN-Firefighters from the Plainfield Fire Protection District recently received a grant from Illinois American Water, and intend to buy HAZSIM gas training simulator with funding. (more)

The Plainfield Fire Protection District will be purchasing a HazSim Pro radiation and multi gas training monitor to assist firefighters with training scenarios thanks to a grant from Illinois American Water (IAW).

The IAW 2017 Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas.

Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs.

Plainfield Fire Chief David Riddle thanked Illinois American Water during the check presentation.

“The Board of Trustees and the members of the Plainfield Fire Protection District would like to express our sincere thanks to Illinois American Water for their generous grant program and for awarding grant funding to our Fire District,” said Riddle.

 

 

 

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Boston MA – FOR EFFECTIVE TRAINING ONLY

The following is a training scenario used by Special Operations Command for a drill using their HazSim Pro training system.

Training Scenario

Boston Fire Hazmat crews respond to vehicle leaking unknown chemicals.

Boston Fire Hazmat units were called out early Wednesday afternoon after the driver of a sedan jumped a curb near Exeter Street and slammed into a tree.

Boston Police on scene noticed numerous 5-gallon chemical containers in the back of the vehicle which had toppled over, and were leaking. The driver reportedly got out and ran from the vehicle after the collision toward Storrow Drive , police said. At this time, fire officials could not comment on what the chemicals were but did confirm that the leaking containers did not leave the vehicle.

Hazmat and Firefighters were still on scene as of Wednesday afternoon. 

Training we conducted this week using the HazSim. It worked out excellent.
Boston Special Operations Command:
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IAFF HazMat WMD Training

Elizabeth Harman: Advancing Health and Safety Training for Firefighters and First Responders

“Good training can help firefighters and other first responders to avoid taking shortcuts while on the job. However, the training is only as good as the individual, supervisor, and leadership,” said Harman. “Major catastrophes and fatalities often occur because a decision was made to avoid a protective measure, and take a shortcut. For this reason, understanding and further cultivating a culture of workplace safety is key to ensuring every worker comes home safe.”
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Firefighters at Shrewsbury Fire Dept Station 3 MA conducted the first day of several hands on hazmat scenarios using their HazSim Pro for HazMat Simulation.  The day included foam application, first in considerations, and a simulated chemical suicide in a vehicle.  Firefighters used HazSim Pro during the scenarios which gave the user realistic feedback.  

‘The members that went down range had to think on their feet with the realistic meter readings’.

HazSim Pro is in used to train first responders across the U.S. and Canada.  Find out more about the system or our ‘Hands on HazMat’ training HERE.

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FEMA has announced the FY 2017 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) totaling more than $1 billion in funds to help states and territories prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from potential terrorist acts and other hazards. HSGP includes the following programs:

  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
  • Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)
  • Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

HazSim customers have utilized FEMA grants for purchase.

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Grant Announcement – Deadline June 30, 2017

The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) under the authority of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) is pleased to announce the annual Act 13 of 2012 Unconventional Gas Well Drilling (UGWD) Grant program.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

• Certification – Obtaining professional National Certification for members.

Equipment – Purchase of firefighting, emergency medical, rescue, or air monitoring equipment used on, or related to, an unconventional gas well pad emergency response.  All equipment purchased through the grant program will include training on the equipment provided at no additional costs to the grant recipients(s).

Training – Training classes and required educational materials paid for with Program funds must be PSFA approved curriculum, and meet a predetermined minimum class size.

 

 

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Comedy Night: FCSN’s Comedy vs. Cancer at FDIC 2017!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

HazSim is proud sponsor of FCSN and the funniest night at FDIC.  After two days of H.O.T. evolutions, relax and enjoy a great evening of standup comedy and $3 drafts! Devin Siebold of Comedy Central’s “Next Big Thing” and “The World Series of Comedy” returns as our headliner! We’re welcoming Firefighter David Abdoch, a “Funniest Person in Rochester” finalist, for his FDIC debut. And Chief Ron Kanterman’s back as our host! Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network. FCSN helps fire/EMS members and their families cope with cancer and delivers cancer-prevention training nationwide. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Your $20 donation incudes food and non-alcoholic beverages with a cash bar and $3 draft beer. A limited number of premium tickets with preferred seating are available for $50 each at bit.ly/FCSNcomedyFDIC17. Don’t wait – get your tickets now!

Link to Tickets!


On Wednesday at 3:30pm be sure to catch Phil Ambrose, HazSim Founder, present Routine Rescue becomes HazMat

Description

In late 2015, law enforcement and EMS responded to a routine “check the welfare” of an individual based on early morning concerns by the family. On arrival, the law enforcement officers were overwhelmed by noxious fumes and backed out of the doorway. EMS was staged pending hazardous materials response. Because of the quick decision making of fire personnel, the victim was removed from the structure and lived to tell his story. While the debate over exterior vs. interior firefighting rages on, several incidents have occurred that were dispatched as the humdrum miscellaneous medical or check-the-welfare type, and the first- in company was faced with unique immediate risk/gain decisions. Unlike the fire argument, the first- in company to a drug lab or chemical suicide may NOT be wearing firefighting personal protective equipment (PPE), may not have clues such as smoke showing, and will not be a hazmat team. Firefighters are faced with dangerous hazardous materials in every structure and vehicle fire, but many have been trained to “stage for hazmat” even if there is only a small possibility that a hazmat is present. Among the topics covered in this class are victim survivability, the rescue decision, PPE, and critical first-in actions to aid first responders while increasing the chance of victim survival.

 

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CCFD ‘Home of HazMat 12’ trains with HazSim

We welcome our newest partner in hands-on-hazmat training from the great State of Texas.  HazSim Pro enables realistic real time readings for effective training scenarios.  CCFD has a great reputation for innovative training and operational readiness.

HazSim Pro
HazSim Pro training system has been used to train across the U.S since 2011. Trainers in HazMat and Confined Space realized that ‘tapping the student on the shoulder’ was NOT effective training.  This system uses NO hazardous materials and although may not look exactly like your front line meter, shows the important data which the students needs to learn to ‘react’ to.
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