HazSim Customer Spotlight: Westmoreland County Hazmat 800

Formed in 1980, Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Response Team 800 grew from an initial 15 volunteer members to 70 members today. Still volunteers, the members belong to fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies across the county and respond to both hazmat and RIT calls. Training is a high priority for the team. We sat …

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HazSim, Hazmat Nation Raise Money for Firefighter Cancer

HazSim and Hazmat Nation hosted its 5th annual networking event at IAFC’s hazmat conference and raised money for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network More than 200 hazmat professionals attended the fifth annual Hazmat Nation networking event last week in Baltimore in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ hazmat conference. “This gathering has been a great way for …

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HazSim Plays Key Role in Hazmat Training Event, Video

A large Florida hazmat team put their equipment and personnel through ultra-realistic training and made a high-quality video to share with other teams When Polk County (Fla.) Fire Rescue’s hazmat team wanted to conduct a high-impact training event for a common, but volatile hazard, it turned to HazSim to provide enhanced realism. The team went …

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How to Overcome Hazmat Odor Fade

Here’s a great tool to springboard into refresher hazmat training! Even the most hazmat-phobic firefighter understands that chemical agents are added to odorless natural gas to make it obvious when there’s a leak. Beyond that most baseline of basic knowledge, firefighter understanding how odor agents work and how to detect the danger behind the smell …

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FEMA AFG Grants: Deadline for applications February 12th at 5 PM ET

The FY2021 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) opened Monday, January 4th and closes on Friday, February 12th at 5 pm ET, so if you haven’t already begun preparing, hurry and head over to FEMA’s Guidance Materials ASAP to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to fund your department’s health, wellness and safety! For More Information about …

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Hazmat: Why we train in the life-saving zone

Our profession is complex and dangerous. Oddly, some often need to remind themselves of this.  Many of us are not only hazmat professionals but also EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, company commanders, law enforcement officers, EH&S specialists, lab safety specialists, risk managers, confined-space technicians, USAR technicians, WMD specialists, apparatus operators, grief counselors, supervisors, parents, spouses … and …

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HazSim PRO 2.0

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HazSim founder Phil Ambrose originally developed the HazSim Pro to increase the situational awareness of his peers and improve safety training through realistic experiences.   The HazSim Pro is currently used to train thousands of personnel in Fire, Military, Oil and Gas, and Power facilities across North America.  The system is used for basic hazwoper, HazMat …

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HazSim Users at Odessa College Featured in the News

In 2018 HazSim welcomed Odessa College in Odessa, Texas to our growing list of teams training the HazSim way. Recently, instructors from their site were featured in an article by the Odessa American detailing some of the great training they are providing in the gas detection sector. The article (full article HERE) follows Dean McCann, a …

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Simulants vs Simulators

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Practical, hands-on training is crucial to ensure military personnel, first responders, and hazmat workers are equipped with the skills and confidence necessary to handle CBRNe and hazmat incidents, but creating realistic training experiences can be difficult, expensive, and time consuming. For these reasons, most agencies outsource their hazmat training; however, with new technology and tools …

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