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Developing a Haz-mat Team

Developing a Haz-mat Team

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DEVELOPING A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TEAMPrepared forTHE SCHOOL OF FIRE STAFF AND COMMANDEASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITYSeptember 22, 1999ByCraig E. Miller725919
 
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ABSTRACT
This project will present you with a not so uncommon problem facing manycommunities today. St. Clair County is a mostly rural area with light to moderate industrylocated near its population hubs. This doesn’t sound so unusual but the main part of our concern rests with what travels through our area rather than the hazards within. Hazardsfrom chemicals that if released from their containers will pollute the atmosphere, disruptnormal life and business, and deliver a great potential for injury or death.The Port Huron area is a host to the import of more than 39 million pounds of hazardouschemicals every day.
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This figure was compiled through a 24 hour manned survey on theBlue Water Bridge that connects the United States with Canada. 21 pipelines also enter St. Clair County under the St. Clair River carrying commodities like crude oil andliquefied petroleum gas under extreme pressure. Along with these two avenues of travelis one of the biggest transport safety concerns, the international railroad tunnel betweenCanada and the United States. Trains exiting the American side of the tunnel can bemoving at speeds of 60 miles per hour or more.The chemicals brought through St. Clair County travel to us out of necessity. TheAmbassador bridge in Detroit as well as the International crossing at Sault St. MarieMichigan are privately owned and do not allow hazardous chemicals from crossing.
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THE TIMES HERALD, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ON THE MOVE, FEBRUARY 1997
 
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Our area has such great potential for disaster and even with this knowledge shared by somany people, there is just now a movement toward an established group to respond to achemical emergency.The problem is the absence of a specialized team of individuals to support the localemergency responders with information and equipment. The answer, developing ahazardous materials team. I will present many of the problems and requirementsencountered and solutions that were developed to make this project work, specifically theorganization of people from different professional disciplines and coordinating avolunteer group. Medical surveillance requirements were followed and modified toachieve the needs of the team and still stay within financial boundaries. Safety concernsas well as state and federal requirements were addressed in documentation for both eachindividual and the teams operational guidelines. Insurance and employer responsibilitiesto the team mission are addressed in a simple yet thorough format. The response andactivation of the hazardous materials team was established to fill in the voids of the primary responders in our county. Questions arose about response outside the organized jurisdiction at the request of neighboring communities. One of the biggest roles for thesetalented individuals was meeting the response to domestic terrorism. The threat of weapons of mass destruction carries a great deal of weight in our time and the proceduresto follow are very close to our standard means of operating. By developing an arm of our team to deal with terrorist acts, we have opened the door to many possible sources of 

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