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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.


• 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


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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IAFF HazMat Training in the News

Firefighters and First responders received great hands on hazmat training by IAFF HazMat WMD in Indiana. See news video below. No need for cue cards or for the instructors to tell the students the readings. Both Chemical and Radioactive products were simulated with the HazSim Pro.

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PHMSA GRANTS $20.4 Million

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced it is issuing $20.4 million in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants to states, territories, and Native American tribes to enhance their ability to respond to hazardous materials transportation incidents. The grants allow emergency response personnel to maintain the safety of themselves and the public when responding to hazardous materials related emergencies.

What does this mean to you?  In a nutshell there are grants that can be applied for to provide training and / or equipment to deal with hazmat transportation events.  That big train that rumbles through your neck of the woods could very well be carrying materials that need to be dealt with by responders with more than basic training in HazMat….training that can be learned by implementingHAZSIM Hazardous Materials Simulation Training,”

PHMSA Grants 

Let us help.  Below is the link to the announcement- it lists amounts for each state and a the grant details.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call or shoot an email to let us know you’ll be using your grant money to purchase a HazSim system!


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