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Thursday, June 15

Preconference Sessions
Preconference Sessions
Preconference Sessions

Friday, June 16

Opening General Session
Breakout Sessions

Saturday, June 17

Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions

Sunday, June 18

Closing General Session


Thursday, June 15

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

PC01: Scenario-Based Complete CAMEO Update
Using different scenarios, this 8-hour session will allow participants to see and explore the updated CAMEO Suite of programs - CAMEO FM, CAMEO Chemicals, ALOHA and MARPLOT. Using their own computers, or one of the 24 laptops provided, participants will be able to explore the new features of the Suite of programs and review the standard ones. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own case studies for use by the group. MARPLOT 5.X is radically different than its past iterations - looking more like Google Earth and ArcView. MARPLOT is scheduled to have a major release before the conference and will be reviewed and used if available. CAMEO FM has incorporated the new features of the new Tier 2 Submit and has incorporated FEMA typing for resources. There have been subtle changes to both ALOHA and CAMEO Chemicals, including links to the NIOSH Pocket Guide and the International Chemical Cards. If available, the "app" for CAMEO Chemicals will be reviewed. The ALOHA "Railcar" source will be discussed and used as well as the Jack Rabbit tests which influenced its development. Case studies and problems will be used to demonstrate all the changes that have been made and to review the operations of the programs in general.
Albert Valerioti, Director of Training (Ret.), Waterbury Fire Department; Robert Bradley, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Middletown (CT) Fire Department

PC04: Hazmat Medicine in the 21st Century
This course provides those medical personnel first-on-the-scene with the basic information needed to recognize, evaluate, forecast and treat patients involved in the release of a hazardous materials incident. It is intended for members of the Pre-Hospital Response Team at both the BLS and ALS Responder Level who may be called upon to provide assistance during such emergencies to safely deliver BLS/ALS treatment, triage at Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Event. The course will look at issues of function within the established incident command system by exploring the medical response from the initial event to the effects on body systems, injuries and treatment modalities.  Participants will attain an appreciation for different medical approaches and will work on scenarios in organizing the EMS response team, protecting response personnel, identifying and using medical response resources, decision-making and protecting the public.
Richard Stilp, Regional HM Coordinator/District Chief (Ret.), East Central FL Regional Planning Council/Orlando FD; Armando Bevelacqua, MBCA Senior Partner, Murphy Bevelacqua Consultants and Associates

PC05: Hazmat Officer Competency Lab
This scenario base training for the Hazmat Branch/Group Supervisor utilizes the NFPA 472 Standard for Competences of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, OSHA 29CFR1910.120 HAZWOPER Regulation and Fire Studio 4 Simulator Software to provide competency-based training in the classroom for both current and future Hazardous Materials Officers. This program involves hands-on scenarios utilizing realistic audio/video resources and features state-of-the-art wireless technology to provide the participants with real-time atmospheric monitoring. As part of the management skills, a basic overview of the Eight Step Process shall be discussed as part of the educational process. These realistic training scenarios are valuable resources in group management and supervision of a complex hazardous materials event within the NIMS/ICS organization. Hand-on scenarios include transportation, fixed facility, pipeline, and/or WMD events. Resources are provided (ex: photos, video, maps, SDS, waybill, consist, etc.) for scenarios.These realistic scenarios give the Hazmat Officer, the branch staff, and the tactical teams a unique opportunity to practice mitigation techniques and gain valuable experience in the classroom.
Gregory Socks, Captain (Ret.), Montgomery County (MD) Hazardous Material Response Team; Rick Emery, President, Emery & Associates, Inc.

PC10: HazMatIQ Tactics: PropaneIQ
This HazMatIQ course will train responders to use the patented HazMatIQ system to respond to emergencies involving propane cylinders and non-bulk tanks. The class will cover PPE selection, air monitoring, leak control, valve change outs, flaring, auto-refrigeration, and incident termination options. Topics include propane behavior and mitigation options for DOT cylinders, flaring and mitigation options for ASME tanks. Each student will receive PropaneIQ Smart Charts with a diagram of each propane cylinder and tank, highlighted with countermeasures for each leak point.
Gary Sharp, Training Program Manager, Federal Resources

PC11: LNG Safety and Emergency Response
This 8-hour workshop consists of a classroom presentation in the morning, followed by a site visit to an LNG facility in the afternoon. As natural gas fueled vehicle usage is increasing across Canada and the United States it is important that Emergency First Responders be familiar with the characteristics of LNG. This includes knowing how to recognize an LNG fueled vehicle, an LNG refueling station, and LNG road transport vessels. Responders must also know how to approach and manage an emergency situation involving an LNG fueled vehicle, roadway transport vessel, or fueling station. Attendees will be provided with an LNG awareness training package they can take back to their agency/jurisdiction and strategies for implementing successful LNG awareness training within their organization. The package includes a PowerPoint presentation, exam, sample of a Natural Gas Emergencies SOG and a Continuing Education Cover Page (i.e. training outline).

Limit to 35 attendees.
Larry Jantzen, Assistant Chief, Austin (TX) Fire Department Special Operations; Richard Brenner, Hazmat Coordinator, Clark County (NV) Fire Department; Greg Milewski, Fire Protection Engineer/Consultant

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

PC02: EPCRA Tier 2 Reports: Not Just a Piece of Paper
All local fire departments are given Tier 2 data from EPCRA. How can we use that information to help in pre-planning and response? Students will be given an overview of EPRCA and the Tier 2 report. Also, students will be given ideas on how to set up a site safety plan before an incident occurs. Students will then be given scenarios based on a Tier 2 report and how they would pre-plan and respond to an incident at the fixed facility.
Mathew Marshall, Vice President, Cutting Edge Planning and Training; Greg Kelly, Captain/Hazmat Coordinator, Slidell (LA) Fire Department

PC03: TRANSCAER® Presents P4 - Anhydrous Ammonia Response, Perfecting Properties, Processes and Packaging
Be prepared to handle ammonia incidents from start to finish, beginning with an overview of ammonia properties, including health effects and first aid. This session will review common ammonia processes, e.g. refrigeration, power plant use, and others as well as containers and selected transportation packaging. We will examine real life release modeling and live release footage, troubleshooting incidents, and response concerns such as indoor vs. outdoor releases, types of releases, PPE levels, and flammability concerns. Students will be able to get up close and personal with an ammonia cargo trailer (MC-331) for some valuable hands-on training. This is a terrific combination of both lecture and hands-on training.
David Binder, Director Quality, Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Transcaer - Tanner Industries, Inc 

PC07: Hazmat Incident Management: The Eight Step Process
This workshop will review the application and use of the Eight Step Process as a tool for the tactical management of Hazmat and special operations incidents. Workshop materials and content will be based on information from the textbook Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident (4th edition).
Gregory Noll, Program Manager, South Central Task Force

PC08: Liquefied Gas Leak Containment - Patching
This session will discuss liquefied gas leak containment and patching involving tank trucks, rail cars and portable and fixed vessels.  Leak containment topics will include: flaring, venting, emergency product transfer, relief valve issues, over-pressurization problems & solutions. Many case studies will be shown to demonstrate effective urban and rural team response.
Ronald Gore, Director & Senior Instructor, Haz Mat 1 Rapid Response

PC12: Air Monitoring Risk-Based Response
Risk-based response air monitoring, is based on understanding what a detection tool is telling you, and how to use that information to make sound decisions on what type of PPE to wear, what your isolation zone is and how bad your problem is. This will be achieved by using multiple formats from discussion to hands-on use of the various detection tools. Students will be presented with scenarios using detection tools provided.  They will take readings and interpret their readings to answer questions based on their scenarios.
Stephan Curry, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Columbia (SC) Fire Department; Todd Duncan, Assistant Hazmat Coordinator, South Carolina Fire Academy

PC13: Leadership 102 - Growing the Leader Within
This program uses interactive exercises, games, role playing, and scenarios to identify and develop leadership traits. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to recognize their inherent characteristics that support effective leadership, strengthen and build upon them, and apply them to improve their leadership abilities.
Dave Donohue, Owner, MAESC; Stephen Hughes, Sargent (Ret.)

PC14: MC-307 & DOT-407 Cargo Tank Emergency Response
If you are looking for good street smart advice to apply to your next cargo tank incident, this class was made for you! By utilizing the MC-307 & DOT-407 Cargo Tanks as an example, many lessons can be learned that are applicable to this specification of cargo tank as well as others. This course was designed to give you everything from a good starting point for most cargo tank incidents to practical information about the construction features, strengths and weakness that will allow you to make better decisions at your next roll-over. If you have ever enjoyed an episode of "How Is It Made", you are going to love this class. Join the Pros at Safe Transportation Training Specialists for an enlightening presentation that will include the use of cargo tank models and hands-on demonstrations designed to educate and entertain. This multimedia presentation will begin by eliminating basic myths about cargo tanks and immediately focus on the importance of proper identification and location of specification information about that cargo tank. Each cargo tank has unique qualities that must be known in order for responders to mitigate the incident safely, effectively and efficiently. The program will then progress to cover everything from construction features of the vessel to emergency devices and the application of this information to better decision making at cargo tank incidents. The presentation will conclude with a hands-on review of the cargo tank crash box and internal valve models that will permit the responder to gain a visual association with the equipment and techniques discussed throughout the course.
David Wolfe, Partner, Safe Transportation Training Specialists, LLC; Michael Moore, Operations Manager, Safe Transportation Training Specialists, LLC

PC15: HTAC - Hazmat Tactical Analysis Cards
This course is designed to prepare Hazardous Materials Operation Level First Responders to analyze a hazardous materials incident and determine the presence of hazardous materials, plan the initial response and develop a site safety plan and incident action plan for the incident, and implement the planned response according to the IAP. The student will understand their responsibilities during all segments of an operation, identify hazardous materials and their containers, identify primary and secondary hazards associated with each type of hazardous material, plan an initial response within the capabilities of the first response modules, mitigate risks encountered during operation level response activities, and work effectively within the incident command system (ICS).
Clinton Greenwood, Major, Oklahoma City (OK) Fire Department; John Carpenter, Captain, Chickasha (OK) Fire Department

PC16: So You're the Hazmat Safety Officer
This program discusses the responsibilities of the Hazmat Safety Officer as outlined in the national consensus standards. The program will outline a process of critical decision points for effectively performing these duties.
Phillip Baker, Hazmat Team Leader, Prince George's County (MD) Fire & EMS Department

PC17: Hazard Classification Techniques for Determining Hazardous Properties of Unknowns
Participants will determine hazardous properties of unknown substances using the Hazard Classification Technique. This technique uses colorimetric tests to determine a chemical hazard classification of an unknown substance in a unique procedure to provide rapid and reliable determinations. Limited to 35 attendees.
Randy Perlis, Hazmat Chemist, HazChem LLC

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

PC09: Tactical Technician
Tactical decisions at hazardous materials emergencies are heavily influenced by the material involved. Chemistry determines how a product will behave, what container it is stored and transported in, how it reacts to its environment both within and outside the container, how it can be detected and identified, and the tools and techniques that will ultimately be needed to mitigate the incident. This workshop will make tactical decision making pieces at hazardous materials incidents fall into place with chemical demonstrations, scenario-based exercises, hands-on activities, and chemical identification exercises using a variety of air monitoring and sample identification equipment including pH paper, M8 paper, oxidizer paper, multi-gas detectors, PIDs, Raman, FTIR, and GC/MS instruments. The class is highly interactive with students leading the direction of the class as we discuss multiple scenarios culled from the news and experience. Students will be prompted to formulate a risk-based response to the incident. As specific questions come up we will explain the chemistry involved in the behavior of the material, the technology used to detect and identify the material, the chemistry behind the container used in transport and storage, and the chemical knowledge needed to mitigate the incident safely. Chemical and physical property trends across chemical families will be illustrated using our Periodic Table of the Compounds™. Students will get hands-on experience with almost two dozen different chemicals during the workshop.
Richard Dufek, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Carmel (IN) Fire Department; Chris Weber, Applications Specialist, Smiths Detection

PC18: Handheld Mass Spectrometry for Downrange Chemical and Explosives Detection
Numerous detection and identification technologies are available to first responders, ranging from pH paper to infrared (IR) and Raman. However, capability gaps still exist for down range CWA/TIC/EOD missions during site assessment. Rugged, handheld devices based on High-Pressure Mass Spectrometry (HPMS) can address many of these gaps with rapid target confirmation of numerous priority hazards. Products can be measured from trace to bulk quantities in solid, liquid, and vapor form. This hands-on workshop will introduce the capabilities and limitations of HPMS technology to demonstrate how it can help eliminate detection blind spots in a Hazmat event by properly integrating a handheld mass spectrometer with currently deployed meters. Students will have the opportunity to operate several different monitoring technologies in a variety of scenarios ranging from illicit HME labs to chemical emergencies. Attention will be paid to field CONOPs to present hot zone deployment options for HPMS, including continuous air monitoring, wipe samples, and target chemical identification in the presence of interferents.
Mark Norman, Director of Technical Service, 908 Devices

PC19: Hazmat Rapid Intervention Teams
"SAVING OUR OWN" is every Hazmat Tech's responsibility, which is why the importance of establishing a properly trained and equipped Rapid Intervention Team cannot be over emphasized. A mayday situation that involves a missing, lost, trapped or injured Hazmat requiring extrication will be a high-stress scenario filled with confusion, uncertainty and high emotion. This class will offer detailed operational guidelines for any department or Hazmat Tech operating as a RIT. The class will be divided into groups that will follow the guidelines to rescue a downed Hazmat Tech in a multitude of scenarios under the close and highly skilled supervision of our instructors. An aggressive attack is an essential strategy for many Hazmat Teams throughout the U.S. and the world. Though largely successful for life-saving incident stabilization and salvaging property, working in this environment can expose Hazmat responders to a rapidly deteriorating environment. In worst case scenarios, Hazmat members are cut off from conventional means of egress, and their only option for survival is a window. In this situation, training is all one has to fall back on. This class will be a mixture of lecture and hands-on to provide the student with the most up to date industry practice.
Mark Sicuso, Lieutenant/Hazmat Tech, City of Norwich (CT) Fire Department; Tobias Frost, Captain, Lafayette (IN) Fire Department; Butch Hayes, Firefighter/Hazmat Tech, Houston (TX) Fire Department

PC20: Five Alarm Leadership: Real Leadership with Real People
Five Alarm Leadership is a dynamic program that is designed to energize and motivate the people in your department to perform and excel in everything they do. This program outlines many of the common situations that fire departments and fire companies find themselves in and presents suggestions and solutions to those situations. Chief Lasky, a 36-plus year veteran of the fire service has experienced many of the challenges and hurdles that your fire department is facing. He has learned through his experience as a company grade officer, command-level officer, and executive officer, how to treat people, how to motivate them, mentor, to coach and counsel them, and in some cases discipline them so that they want to come back and contribute even more to this great profession. Issues such as integrity, inspiration, interest, innovation, insight and initiative are all discussed and applied to life in the firehouse and on the fire ground. Join Chief Lasky as he guides you through your most difficult but vital role as a leader in the fire service.
Rick Lasky, Chief (Ret.)/Co-Owner, Five Alarm Leadership, LLC

PC21: HazMatIQ Above the Line/Below the Line
Students will be trained to size-up (physical state, hazards, initial hot zone, correct meters and PPE) any chemical in virtually seconds. The system then coaches personnel through a streamlined chemical research method to verify their initial size-up, preparing them to immediately go to work when they arrive on a Hazardous Materials/WMD event.
Joe Vaughn, Co-Founder, HazmatIQ

PC22: Flammable Liquid Tank Truck Fire Attack
This session will help enhance your understanding of Tank Truck & Product burn characteristics: Gasoline, Av. Gas, Ethanol, Slops, Crude. Students will learn: quickfire knockdown tactics, the use of a water, foam & dry chem fire extinguishing formula, and innovative tools & equipment to be used on scene.  Case Studies and re-enactments will be shared, allowing students the near feeling of being there; a positive learning aspect. The program is highly beneficial in Emergency Preparedness of Urban & Rural Response Teams for subject specific flammable liquid fires - saving of life, property and environment.
Ronald Gore, Director & Senior Instructor, Haz Mat 1 Rapid Response

PC23: Right Angle Refreshers
This program will introduce the attendee to best practices related to training pertaining to Hazardous Materials Refreshers of all levels and how to captivate audiences with competencies and compliances.
Kevin Hogan, Founder, River City Training & Consulting LLC; Luke Linnon, Special Hazards and Medical Instructor, River City Training & Consulting LLC

PC24: Are You Hazmat Ready?
Every call we respond to can or will be a potential hazmat call, whether it's a fire, car wreck, or medical call - chemicals are involved. This program will cover decision making clues that will help protect responders and the public. Along with that, we will review chemical and physical properties, markings, placards and container design.  Tabletop exercises will help put the topics discussed into actions.
Stephan Curry, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Columbia (SC) Fire Department; Todd Duncan, Assistant Hazmat Coordinator, South Carolina Fire Academy

PC26: Hazardous Materials Program Management
People are led and things are managed! Ever thought about the difference between the two and when to be a manager and when to be a leader? If you are responsible for a hazardous materials response program and looking for advice and guidance on how to run it without tearing your hair out, this is the session for you. We will spend our time focusing on the people skills necessary to take on the challenge of leadership and the use, care and feeding of a hazmat program. This program is divided into 2 sessions. The first is lecture and discussion. The second is series of individual and small group exercises. Lot's of tips and perspectives that will help you be successful!
Rob Schnepp, Special Operations Division Chief (Ret.), Alameda County (CA) Fire Department

PC27: Gasoline Cargo Tank Emergencies
If you are looking for good street smart advice to apply to your next gasoline cargo tank incident, this class was made for you! Come along with us as we discuss the MC-306 & DOT-406 Gasoline Cargo Tanks, their construction features, emergency devices and considerations that must be taken into account in the event of a rollover, fire or other emergency involving this vessel. If you have ever enjoyed an episode of "How Is It Made", you are going to love this class. Join the Pros at Safe Transportation Training Specialists for an enlightening demonstration that includes the use of unique cargo tank models, simulators and flame impingement demonstrations that are designed to educate and entertain.This multimedia presentation will begin by focusing on unique features of gasoline cargo tanks and the application of this knowledge to incidents and accidents. The instructor will take the class on a journey of a gasoline cargo tank accident/fire that was caught on film in order to give the student a sense of what can happen at an actual event. The program will then progress to cover everything from construction features of the vessel to emergency devices and the application of this information to better decision making rollovers, fires and other incidents involving this vessel. The presentation will conclude with hands-on review of unique gasoline cargo tank models, a dome leak simulation and flame impingement demonstration that will permit the responder to gain a visual association with the equipment and techniques discussed throughout the course.
Michael Moore, Operations Manager, Safe Transportation Training Specialist

PC28: Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing and Prevention Response to Suicide Bombing
Learn from real life examples how to respond to terrorist bombing threats.  How can prevention techniques help your department?  Attend this session to learn more.

This session is intended for U.S. Citizens only.
Robert Alpaugh, Bomb Squad Commander, Morris County (NJ) Sheriff’s Office

PC29: Understanding Hazards and Risk
One of the biggest issues with Hazmat responders is their ability to truly understand the hazard and risk of a Hazmat incident; thus prepare a safe and effective response. Using interactive discussion, students will be taught a process that describes specific methods for identifying the hazards of a hazardous material and how various types of risk will raise and/or potentially harm people, property, and the environment.
Phillip Baker, Hazmat Team Leader, Prince George's County (MD) Fire & EMS Department

Friday, June 16 

General Session
8:00 am - 11:00 am

The Future is Now!

For decades many of those who have trained for and responded to incidents involving Hazardous Materials have done so based on lessons learned from the past. But each and every day we face new challenges leaving us to wonder what will happen next and when. A good Hazmat Team looks to the past and trains for what's in front of them today, but a great Hazmat Team, adds one more vital element. They plan for the future and realize that the future is now. 
Rick Lasky, Chief (Ret.)/Co-Owner, Five Alarm Leadership, LLC

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

100: MC331 Tank Truck Special Problems & Solutions, Part 1
This session offers information about leaks and fires with topics on leak containment, water injection, solving relief valve issues, emergency product transfer, flaring & venting, and vapor cloud control. Case studies will be shown to assist a timely and effective urban & rural team response. Case Histories and re-enactments will be shown to attendees to allow them the near feeling of being there assisting a beneficial response training effort.
Ronald Gore, Director & Senior Instructor, Haz Mat 1 Rapid Response

101: Innovative Hands-on Training In and Out of the Classroom
Get your training message across while keeping your students engaged. Hazmat Jenga, team competitive exercises, build your own props, and more. HazMatters from around the world have been submitting new ingenious ways they have found to engage their students to Presenters have collected the best and will share with the group.
Phil Ambrose, Captain, Glendale (CA) Fire Department; Jason Rogers, Director, Emergency Management

102: Risk Management Decision Support Tools
The Emergency Response Decision Support System (ERDSS, formerly known as the Chemical Companion) is a software tool which is FREE for first responders in the United States and partner countries. ERDSS provides decision support for hazardous materials response, firefighting, explosives ordnance disposal operations, and forensics. In addition to a large database of chemical properties, the system also includes calculators for absorption, pH neutralization, detector response, heat stress work/rest cycles, respiratory canister life, and more. Decision support tools include detection environments, respiratory protection, clandestine laboratory identifier, decontamination (skin, object), and more. This course will walk the users through the system capabilities, teach students how to employ the software, and work examples of use scenarios.
Michael Logan, Director, Research and Scientific Branch, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (Austrailia); Heyward Adams, Research Scientist, GTRI

103: Decisions, Decisions… Using Detection as a Strategy
You're on scene and you have to start making quick decisions based on the information you receiving from the entry team. Or you're the entry team and you're making the decisions based on the numbers you receiving. This presentation is built around the idea of looking at detection as a strategy, one that will guide the responder down the path of potential hazard possibilities. We will introduce a suite of informational means as a toolbox, to guide the instruction towards understanding air monitoring and detection within real time environment. Through the use of simulated environments and real-time detection simulation. We will review basic monitoring principles as they are applied to the chemical and physical properties.
Armando Bevelacqua, MBCA Senior Partner, Murphy Bevelacqua Consultants and Associates

104: The Big Show - Hazmat Ops for the 45th Presidential Inauguration
This workshop is intended to inform the attendee of the successes and value gained through effective planning and coordination for a high threat National Security Sensitive Event in the Nation’s Capital. Discussed will be the Preparedness, Planning, and Response measures put in place that day by the city's hazmat response agencies. Also discussed will be issues encountered and lessons learned from the event.
John Emminizer, Chief, Emergency Operations, DC Department of Energy and Environment; Thomas Chenworth, Captain, DC Fire and EMS Department

105: How Smart is Your Hazmat Team?
How smart is your Hazmat knowledge?  This session presents an innovative way to test you responders on hazardous materials response - be they FRA, FRO or Technician. Using a weighted scoring methodology and a practical way to monitor the answers, this process has been well received throughout the hazmat community.
Michael Callan, President, Callan and Company

106: Working with the FBI THRU
Members of the FBI Laboratory’s Technical Hazards Response Unit (THRU) will discuss the roles and responsibilities hazmat first responders should consider when working at a terrorism scene involving hazardous materials or other technical hazards. Topics to be discussed include what types of incidents create an FBI response, the role of the FBI Laboratory Forensic Response Section during these incidents, the integration of FBI THRU personnel into existing Site Safety operations, the integration of public safety personnel into intelligence driven investigations, and operational considerations while working at Federal forensic crime scenes. Numerous case histories from FBI missions will be used to reinforce the discussion.
James Perkins, Paramedic/Hazmat Officer, FBI Technical Hazards Response Unit

107: The Challenging Threesome, Part 1
Utilizing a team teaching concept, multiple instructors shall present a lecture/case study classroom environment based on instructor experience and education based on chemical and response information for three of the most challenging liquefied gasses stored, utilized, and/or transported in the U.S.
Gregory Socks, Captain (Ret.), Montgomery County (MD) Hazardous Material Response Team; Bill Hand, Training Coordinator, Harris County (TX) Fire Marshal's Office; Robert Bradley, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Middletown (CT) Fire Department

109: Hazmat/CBRN App-ropriate - The Ins & Outs of WISER, CHEMM & REMM
Ever wonder if you were really getting everything you need or want out of an app? Curious that there might be features you are missing? Come learn about the apps and tools that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has created to serve the first responder community. You're probably aware of WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders). Perhaps you've heard of CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management) and REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management). But do you know features and data that can aid your response during Hazmat/CBRN events? There are many updates to apps and it's difficult to keep up with all the changes on our devices. How can you keep pace with it all? Join us for an informal (and informational) session where we'll explore some the many features of these tools - from the basics to the more advanced. We'll go through structured scenarios to provide a detailed walk-through of many of WISER's most popular features and explore WISER's deep set of substance information, including GIS mapping of protective distance data. We'll highlight WISER's two chemical identification algorithms, Help Identify Unknown Chemical and CHEMM-IST, to identify unknown chemicals or chemical syndromes at the scene. We'll demonstrate the chemical reactivity feature to assess the danger of a mix of chemicals. Bring your devices and your voices. WISER is constantly evolving due to the feedback that you provide. Come learn what it offers, tell us what you need, and help shape these tools so they can continue to serve you well in the future.
Jennifer Pakiam, Technical Information Specialist/SME, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), National Library of Medicine (NLM); Kenneth Wootton, Software Architect, Next Century Corporation; Richard Brooks, Chief, Cecil County (MD) Emergency Services

110: Colormetrics and the Modern Hazmat Team
Through demonstrated lecture and hands-on exercises, the attendee will discover the capabilities, limitations, and proper use of colormetrics in hazmat response situations.
Richard Dufek, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Carmel (IN) Fire Department

111: Transcanda Update: From Regulations to Recovery Methods
With an increasing demand for secure and reliable sources of energy comes an increase in production and distribution. First responders should be aware of commodities and proper incident responses for their regions.  This panel will contain two or three industry representatives, pipeline association representatives, and regulations experts. Some issues that will be discussed include regulations and response/recovery methods.  Come to learn and ask questions! Together we can do great things and keep people in our regions of operation safe.
Eddie Murphy, Training & Exercise Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation; Robert Royall, Assistant Chief, Emergency Operations, Harris County (TX) Fire Marshal's Office; Jon Brown, President, Pipeline Association for Public Awareness; Danielle Frick, Emergency Managment Specialist, TransCanada; Jeff Titus, Manager, Process Safety Managment and Emergency Response, Colonial Pipeline

112: Railroad 101 - Understanding Railroad Safety
This session is intended to instruct responders on the operational safety issues that can be encountered during a response to an incident involving the railroad right of way. We explore the from the simple safety measures that should be taken to the more complex process during operations. We will discuss various methods for ascertaining information from the railroad during an incident that is applicable across all the railroads operating in the United States and Canada.
Glen Rudner, Hazardous Materials Compliance Officer, Norfolk (AL) Southern Railroad

606: Not a Routine Odor Response
This session is based on real life experiences that take a broad-spectrum overview of odor investigation with basic response techniques, PPE and equipment needs and whom do you call when it is something other than dispatched.  Students will get a deeper understanding of what happens when people mix chemical products or get calls about household products that are taken for granted.
Brian Focht, Senior Training Specialist, PECO Fire Academy

114: Review of Changes in NFPA 1991, 1992 and 1994
The purpose of this session is to provide an update of the new NFPA standards related to hazmat. The session will review the significant changes to NFPA 1991, 1992 and 1994. The new test methods and the addition of a Class 1 to 1994 will be discussed.
Philip Mann, Technical Director, Kappler, Inc.

115: Burning Man Emergency Services - Lessons From the Dust (Playa)
For one week each year, the annual Burning Man event is held in northern Nevada's austere and remote Black Rock desert. Black Rock City becomes the state's 4th largest city for the week of the event, complete with all the things you'd expect to find in a municipality of comparable size."Burning Man" features art, fire, music, all mixed with a culture of free expression. Art on fire is what the event is known for as are the fire and flame effects that abound. Working behind the scenes is the Emergency Services Department (ESD) to secure and promote safety using a backbone of IMS and the burning man culture. Learn what it takes to operate in this unique environment. ESD consists of EMS providers, firefighters, psychological professionals, and technicians who operate out of 6 BLS clinics, 3 fire stations and 1 hospital. Volunteers and staff come from all over the world to work with this amazing team. ESD also operates a Hazmat/Rescue vehicle equipped to respond to the specialized hazards present. Learn about LNT and how this Hazmat resource fills a very special need at the event. By the end of this session, you will understand how we can tell the difference between what is supposed to be on fire and what's not. It may look like anarchy and chaos but the reality is there are many plans and IMS in place to provide for the health and safety of the all who attend.
Chris Hawley, CTO, Blackrock 3 Partners, Inc.; Penny Stone, Chief/Lieutenant, Burningman/Seattle (WA) Fire Department; Ben Thompson, Chief, Glacier Fire & Rescue; Hugh Kane, Fire Chief, Eaton (CO) Fire Department

116: Using Exercises to Improve Competence and Support for Responders
Developing a comprehensive exercise plan allows agencies to identify critical tasks and pathways, ensure organizational effectiveness, identify areas for improvement, and develop strategies to ensure, and fund, improvement. A full exercise program will allow agencies to validate their plans and procedures and build means improvement and development.
Dave Donohue, Owner, MAESC

2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

200: MC331 Tank Truck Special Problems & Solutions, Part 2
This session offers information about leaks and fires with topics on leak containment, water injection, solving relief valve issues, emergency product transfer, flaring & venting, and vapor cloud control. Case studies will be shown to assist a timely and effective urban & rural team response. Case Histories and re-enactments will be shown to attendees to allow them the near feeling of being there assisting a beneficial response training effort.
Ronald Gore, Director & Senior Instructor, Haz Mat 1 Rapid Response

201: Hazmat History - How Regulation Came About
This class will show the history of hazmat and how some of the regulation came about. We will also see when response regulation came to be. It's important to see the incidents of the past that shape the response to hazardous material incidents.
Butch Hayes, Firefighter/Hazmat Tech, Houston (TX) Fire

202: Hazmat/WMD Personal Protection Equipment and NFPA 1991/1992/1994
The National Fire Protection Association's Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment is responsible for three standards including NFPA 1991 (vapor-protective ensembles), NFPA 1992 (liquid splash-protective ensembles), and NFPA 1994 (PPE for first responders to Hazmat/CBRNE events). The committee has recently been approved to develop a Selection, Care, and Maintenance manual to go along with the three product standards which will provide operationally relevant information for first responders. This class will focus on the factors affecting PPE selection and recent changes to the product standards which will, hopefully, make the care and maintenance of the PPE ensembles more straightforward. All of the standards have recently undergone revision cycles, with NFPA 1991 having a 2016 release date and NFPA 1992 and NFPA 1994 release dates in 2017.
Christina Baxter, CEO, Emergency Response TIPS, LLC

203: Hazmat Considerations During Natural Disasters Workshop
During a natural disaster, there are many things to consider in an incident response plan. One area that is sometimes overlooked is Hazmat considerations during natural disasters. Hazardous chemicals are found everywhere. They purify drinking water, increase crop production, and simplify household chores. Chemicals can also be hazardous to humans or the environment if released improperly. The risk of an incident like this occurring increases significantly during natural disasters because of property damages, power failures, and traffic hazards. This presentation will outline Hazmat variables to consider during three types of natural disaster and the best ways to identify, isolate, and mitigate these hazards during a disaster situation.
Tessa Smith, Associate Consultant, CTEH; Stefan Livingston, Associate Consultant, CTEH

204: HazMatIQ DeconIQ
This course teaches us about Electrostatic Decontamination Tactics (EDT). This form of decon uses an electrostatic sprayer to disperse charged particles of decon solution that will envelope and adhere to a responders' PPE and equipment. (Think of a sock sticking to your clothes out of the dryer). 200ml will completely coat a single responder in Level A. As a result, no water hoses are needed, and no containment pools are required to capture runoff. The decon solution included was developed for the U.S. Military and is effective against all chemical agents, bioagents, toxic industrial chemicals, pathogens, and mold. This ensures a responder's PPE is clean before they begin the process of carefully doffing their suit.
Gary Sharp, Director ofTraining, Federal Resources

205: MacGyver Gas Detection
This course reviews the sensitivities and cross-sensitivities of the most common sensors used in confined space entry and Hazmat including O2, LEL, CO, H2S & PID. It discusses how to overlay the responses of ALL your sensors to come to the right conclusion because sometimes the clue to what is really going on is shown in unexpected places. It uses simple examples of real-life incidents to show how sensors can be "fooled" and how to interpret this "incorrect" data and reach a correct conclusion using all of the clues present from the scene and from the sensors available. It also discusses how to use your "normal" sensors in abnormal situations.
Chris Wrenn, VP Americas Sales, AEssenseGrows

206: Understanding Your Due Diligence: NFPA HM/WMD Technical Standards
NFPA 472, 473, 475 and 1072 are the primary Hazmat industry standards pertaining to training, planning and response. This workshop will focus on Hazmat Program Managers understanding these industry standards and conducting due diligence of their own operations. NFPA Committee members will be present for questions and discussions on the rationale and intent of specific NFPA recommendations and requirements.
Gregory Noll, Program Manager, South Central Task Force

207: The Challenging Threesome, Part 2
Utilizing a team teaching concept, multiple instructors shall present a lecture/case study classroom environment based on instructor experience and education chemical and response information for three of the most challenging liquefied gasses stored, utilized, and/or transported in the U.S.
Gregory Socks, Captain (Ret.), Montgomery County (MD) Hazardous Material Response Team; Bill Hand, Training Coordinator, Harris County (TX) Fire Marshal's Office; Robert Bradley, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Middletown (CT) Fire Department

208: So you want a GC-MS?
A Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) is considered the industrial "Gold Standard" instrument for chemical identification and would be the "Ferrari", if you will, in the garage of chemical classification and identification tools available. However, like the Ferrari, it comes with the high sticker price and the cost of maintenance, parts and performance accessories, if available, can also be very pricey. Then you have to learn to drive it. In 2013, the Austin Fire Department submitted an application to the DHS Homeland Security Grant Process to purchase a GC-MS. Because of the high profile purchase,  and knowing that the department would have to fund maintenance and most of the training, they had to get it right the first and only time. Learn from the instructors how they acquired funding for a GC-MS, the selection process and why they chose the one they did. Most importantly though, they will discuss the cost of ownership: how the department is maintaining such a high-performance machine and training a sufficient number of personnel to maintain a 24/7 response capability.
Preston Doege, Regional Hazmat Strike Team Coordinator, Travis County (TX)

209: Hazmat by Rail Emergency Response Plan/Training Program Development and Mosier, Oregon Crude Oil Train Derailment with Fire Case Study Review
Review of Oregon's recently developed Hazmat by Rail Emergency Response training program, along with a case study review of the crude oil unit train derailment with a fire that occurred in Mosier, Oregon 06/03/16. The goal of this course is to deliver the Hazmat response community useful information and tools as it relates to creating a department specific Hazmat Rail training program utilizing a three-tiered approach; Awareness, Operations, and Tank Car Specialist. In addition, as stated above, this session will provide detailed information and in-depth knowledge on the crude oil unit train derailment with a fire that occurred in Mosier, Oregon and identifying key pieces noted in the multiple After Action Reports. Hazmat by rail training in all levels of emergency response is a necessity based on the current commodities being transported. Fire service surveys, in particular, have shown gaps in training and equipment availability in response to Hazmat rail incidents. Addressing those gaps, creating basic plans, and continually utilizing case studies as reference points is paramount in keeping first responders safe.
Shon Christensen, Hazmat Coordinator, Portland (OR) Fire and Rescue

210: Breaking Bad - Safety Through Leadership
It would be absurd to hear a company officer say, "It's OK if you get hurt today". Yet, emergency responders continue to be injured and even killed on the scene and during training. What behaviors are causing this? Do emergency responders support these behaviors either directly or indirectly? How does our tradition and culture influence our behaviors? As emergency responders, change has to start with us. We have to believe we can make a difference and we have to change our behaviors. This interactive workshop will challenge hazardous material responders to demonstrate leadership through safety and break the bad behaviors that lead to injuries.
Keith Silverman, Chief (Fmr.), Franklin Township (NJ) Fire District No. 1; William Cullen, Partner, GoldShield TEAM

211: Hazmat Incident Analysis: Process, Traps, Avoiding the Extreme & Unforeseen
The session will examine the process of analyzing a HM/WMD incident focusing on certain human traits that may interfere with the process leading to unexpected and perhaps dangerous outcomes. The purpose of this session is to increase the level of HM/WMD responder safety while providing knowledge that will enable more effective and efficient operations at HM/WMD incidents. Components of the session will include the examination of an actual incident and the opportunity for attendees to ask questions or share experiences with the subject. In addition to defining various traps involved in the hazmat analysis process, the session will look at the question of whether an incident is primarily a fire or primarily a hazmat incident, or if it is both.
William Miller, Firefighter Hazmat Technician, Tacoma Fire (WA) Hazmat

212: Hazards of Marijuana Grow Operations and Butane Hash Oil Extractions
For the last several years there has been a nationwide push to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana in the United States. Recently, three states, Colorado Oregon and Washington, have passed legislation that allows recreational and medical marijuana use. This new addition to the American pastime has created a whole new set of uncontrollable factors for members of the American fire service to train and plan for. As a result, Marijuana Grow Operations are opening up in the communities we serve, faster than fire departments can plan, train and implement safe operating procedures when called to respond to these facilities. Marijuana grows are developed and implemented to maximize the space used, in order to produce higher harvests, thus producing higher profits. In order to do this, netting and wire mesh are used to allow the plants to grow out versus up, producing more buds that can be sold for consumer use. This poses new and increased entanglement hazards for interior fire attack crews. Heavy high voltage lighting is installed to simulate sunlight so the plants will grow, creating increased overhead fall hazards. Chemicals such as Sulfur and Carbon Dioxide are used to control molds and increased Tetrahydrocannabinol production. An unrealized consequence to the madness that Marijuana has created, is the increased use of Butane Hash Oil. This new challenge and growing popularity have dynamically changed the landscape of the American Fire Service. The processes, hazards and real life case studies will be covered during this class to increase the situational awareness of responders.This class was developed to show historical data and decision-making processes by the citizens of Colorado, lawmakers and ultimately the Federal government. This class has been highlighted at the Baltimore IAFC Hazmat Conference, FDIC, Hotzone Hazmat Conference, Midwest Hazmat Conference and the Indiana State Hazmat conference.
CJ Haberkorn, Program Trainer, HazMatIQ

213: Preparing for Mass Fatalities
When a disaster strikes, communities must be prepared in advance to manage whatever consequences occur. In a worst-case scenario, this may include mass fatalities. To adequately prepare for such incidents, communities need to be equipped with the right combination of personnel, training, and supplies. These valuable local and mutual aid assets include, but are not limited to: Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams (DMORT), grief counselors, cadaver dogs, storage facilities, and body bags. If the complex process of recovering, handling, identifying, and reuniting human remains is introduced during a crisis, then additional public health, mental health, and public relations problems are certain to arise. Although mass fatality incidents around the world are often highlighted in news reports, data on such incidents are not clearly defined because the amount of bodies that would overwhelm local resources varies between jurisdictions. This participatory session will feature a panel of subject matter experts who will present information and answer questions about the disaster mortuary response process. By understanding this critical information, first responders will be able to play a greater role in mitigating the potential cascading life, health, and safety effects to themselves and the public when they are faced with this worst-case scenario. The key takeaways from this session will be shared in the August edition of the DomPrep Journal. Participants will have the opportunity to publish their key takeaways, lessons learned, and best practices in that edition.
Catherine Feinman, Editor-in-Chief, Domestic Preparedness

214: Lions, Tigers and Bears: The Problem with Post-Fire Air Monitoring
Post-Fire Atmospheric Monitoring has become increasingly prevalent in the fire service, with many departments across North America using Hydrogen Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide levels as a baseline for SCBA use and removal. This presentation will examine the dangers of this practice, and highlight the multitude of additional and highly toxic chemicals produced during different types of fires.
Connor Hadaway, Firefighter (Ret.), Hamilton Fire Department (Canada); Stephen Clark, Acting Captain, Hamilton Fire Department (Canada)

215: Powder Sampling
Over the past decade, there have been major studies in responding to white powder calls. A unified sampling protocol was developed and accepted by all the major players, including local, state, and federal partners. The ASTM E2458 and E2770 standards are the Gold Standard for sampling. Unfortunately, many responders still need guidance to get their SOPs aligned for the best public safety sampling in the field. It is critical to follow the procedures in 2458 and 2770 to maintain laboratory, law enforcement and public safety requirements. These standards are in the process of being reviewed and new information is now available that is important to responders.
Rick Emery, President, Emery & Associates, Inc.; Laura Jevitt, Analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Jeremy Clancy, Lieutenant, Howard County (MD) Fire and Rescue Department

216: Hazmat: How do we FUND this?
This session will include several panelists each with a background in their respective grant. We will build upon past HMEP grant sessions but will expand into other grants such as the DHS and FEMA grants that several states use for hazmat preparedness activities. The National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials (NASTTPO) will lead the panel discussion and offer real life examples from multiple states and local entities.
Tonya Ngotel, President of NASTTPO - National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials

217: Heat and Cold Stress: The Impact on Hazardous Materials Responders
This program reviews the two-year study conducted by twenty hazardous materials teams and NAU/UCLA HPI. It will provide information relating to the impact of heat and cold stress on hazmat responders and will review some recommended changes in the area of undergarments, protective suit design, and rehab activities.
Donald Abbott, President, CERT

Saturday, June 17

Sunrise Sessions
7:00 am - 7:45 am
*Coffee and pastries included

S101: What’s On Your Mind
This free-flowing facilitated discussion that will focus on topics that are important to YOU. In short - attendees will determine our agenda and discussion points. Whether we’re talking hazmat, incident management or the Orioles, this session will be a good start for your day!
Gregory Noll, Program Manager, South Central Task Force

S102: Back Up Plans for the Entry Team
What to do about an entry team member that requires help within a hot zone how do we manage that?  Share your morning coffee and discuss techniques used to bring your whole team up to speed.
Armando Bevelacqua, MBCA Senior Partner, Murphy Bevelacqua Consultants and Associates

S103: What Keeps You Up at Night?
What types of incidents will be next? What are your priorities for your team? How will I prepare for the next wave? Is it a WMD or a Train derailment? This open discussion first thing in the morning will help you prepare for the future. What really keeps you up at night?
Glen Rudner, Hazardous Materials Compliance Officer, Norfolk (AL) Southern Railroad

S104: Teaching Hazmat – Tips, Tricks and Technical Disasters
After 36 years of teaching hazmat, Mike Callan’s teaching materials went from construction paper placards to interactive training programs. Along the way, he’s had successes and made mistakes. This program will discuss the ways to make your response training more effective, interesting and void of pitfalls.
Mike Callan, President, Callan and Company

8:00 am - 9:15 am

300: Scenario-Based Refreshers
Scenario-based training will assist the hazardous materials training officers to provide an interactive deliverable for reoccurring training so that all your team training levels will benefit. The program will provide the instructor the tools to develop a quality objective based program that will be able to maintain the student's enthusiasm while making decisions.
Albert Bassett, Deputy Chief, Fairfield County (CT) HIRT; Joseph Scaglione, Lieutenant, New Haven (CT) Area Hazmat Team

301: Hazmat Sand Traps
The difference in a good day of golf and a bad one is determined by how well we avoid the sand traps. Sand traps cause frustration, slow down your game, and can ruin the experience altogether. The same can be said for hazardous materials response. We must recognize and avoid things that can slow or ruin our response before they occur. This is done through preparing and training our personnel to recognize and avoid these common "traps". This interactive lecture will focus on several key issues that departments of all sizes face. This course will offer training solutions that will help your personnel find success when responding to these incidents.
William Hellard, Fire Equipment Operator, Rogers (AR) Fire Department

302: Firefighter Exposure Studies and Community Monitoring
Data collected from a variety of simulated fires and fire activities, including search and rescue, extinguishment, and overhaul have shown that toxic combustion byproducts can be deposited onto protective clothing, penetrate the clothing, and be absorbed into the skin. Post-fire procedures that reduce the exposure of firefighters to toxic products of combustion are extremely important to overall exposure reduction. Recommended procedures involve turnout gear removal, isolation and cleaning of PPE as well as equipment cleaning and decontamination. After the fire, a variety of decontamination methods can be applied to reduce the overall risk. New decision support tools will be demonstrated to highlight levels of exposure and to identify appropriate decontamination and PPE laundering guidance. Finally, methods for monitoring community exposures will be addressed.
Christina Baxter, CEO, Emergency Response TIPS, LLC; Michael Logan, Director, Research and Scientific Branch, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (Austrailia)

304: Transfer of Fuels: From the Tank to the Drum
Fuel leaks or spills on the roadway are easily one of the most common responses that we encounter on a daily basis nationwide. We regularly have to deal with both civilian and member complacency when dealing with these fuels and their associated hazards. In this class, students will discuss the various methods of addressing a scene, selecting PPE, selecting a method to move the liquid, where to put it and various other chemical and physical properties that may need to be addressed in the selection of our strategy and tactics.
The Hazmat Guys Podcast (Robert Salvesen)

305: Hazmat Research Boot Camp
The purpose of this class is to refresh current Hazardous Material Technicians on how to research for a Hazardous Materials emergency, interpret the research material's characteristics into Identification/Recognition, basic plume plotting conversion calculations, decide your level of protection, decontamination procedures and solutions as well as medical considerations to neutralization/extinguishment  Students will be able to speak in plain language so that strategies and tactics can be developed.
Emanuel Washington Jr., Engineer/Paramedic/Hazmat Tech, Orlando (FL) Fire Department; Brandon Simmons, Lieutenant/Paramedic/Hazmat Technician, West Palm Beach (FL) Fire Department

306: The Evolution of Hazmat
How did hazardous materials response get to where it is today? A look back in history at some of the key events that helped to drive the evolution that became hazardous materials response and the regulations that frame it. Texas City, Texas; Kingman, Arizona; Crescent City, IL; Shreveport, Louisiana: these are just a few of the events that helped to drive the change that would lead to hazardous materials response. Join us as we follow the road through history stopping along the way to look at the key events that were the catalyst for change. Lessons learned that should not be forgotten and the why to what we do.
Tobias Frost, Captain, Lafayette (IN) Fire Department

307: I Just Don't Have Anything to Wear, a Users Dilemma
Selection of PPE during an offensive hazardous materials response is one of the most critical tasks to be undertaken during such an event. The requirement of this process to take place is dictated by standards and regulations. A tried and true process (not subsidized by a PPE Manufacturer) is the only way we as responders can be assured the selection of the ensemble components are correct and can be justified. The selection process offered in this session has been developed by the presenter and has been used successfully for over 20 years. It uses a process that starts with selecting what is in the responders PPE Closet and comparing it to the chemical of the challenge. Then ascertaining using compatibility charts if the components of the ensemble are correct. They will include the suit fabric, glove, and boot material as well as the composition of the visor. In addition, the selection of the correct respiratory device will complete the process. Finally being to document the selection process in a hard copy record is critical to the completion of the incident record especially if in the future a responder that worked the incident falls ill or dies as a result of the long-term health effects of exposure.
David Berry, Curriculum Developer/Instructor, Security and Emergency Response Training Center

308: Standards, Competencies and Useful Annual Certification
This program presents different ways to provide useful annual certification in a manner that provides some fun and yet at the same time provides prolonged information retention.
Donald Abbott, President, CERT

309: Emerging Regulatory Trends Affecting Chemical Transportation and Response - Expectations for Fire, Hazmat, First Responder Community
In the last year there has been, and is ongoing, a marked and steady increase in regulatory focus upon rail and maritime transport of certain dangerous chemicals (i.e., OPA '90 for Rail/HM 251; Maritime Transportation Security Act Especially Hazardous Cargoes [MTSA EHC's]; OPA 90' Hazardous Substance Regulations [HAZSUB] re-surfaced again). Coupled with changing economic drivers (low-cost chemical feedstocks; economic, regulatory & public sentiment influencing chemical transportation delivery systems, etc.), the landscape surrounding the transport and handling of these chemicals is changing in regard to required heightened levels of planning, preparation and response. Most transportation sectors at some point generate Hazmat incidents which are expected to be handled initially by municipal, district and/or rural fire/hazmat/emergency management departments. This session will focus upon regulatory and policy changes occurring; requirements for planning, preparation and response of responsible parties and potential effects upon first responders in immediately affected communities that may be expected to respond. Included will be suggestions regarding sources for increased first responder community capabilities, current best practice and strategies, and potential equipment sources. Case studies will be used as examples to highlight and illustrate trends and practices (Recent Houston ship channel fire; Ship Channel Chemical Ship collision; NW/Columbia River unit train derailment, as examples. The main chemicals of concern in the maritime community are on the Certain Dangerous Cargo (CDC) list and 5 are now known as select CDC's or EHC's. The five chemicals are LPG, LNG, Ammonium Nitrate, Chlorine, and Anhydrous Ammonia. In the rail segment, the non-traditional oils [shale crude] are the main chemicals of concern.)
John Temperilli, Senior Consultant, CTEH - Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health

310: Toxic Suicide - The Changing Views of the Hemlock Movement, Part 1
Since even before biblical times people have selected different toxic chemicals to either commit suicide or homicide. Hemlock, arsenic, phenol, cyanide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and the list go on. Emergency responders, many times from a hazmat response, can be met with patients who have attempted suicide and were unsuccessful. This presentation provides hazmat medical responders with insight into how and why people attempt suicide. The presentation will review how often it happens and what types of chemicals are typically used and what trends are currently seen across the county. There will be a focus on a safe but reasonable response, diagnosis of these patients, and basic/advanced treatment (both BLS and ALS). Attendees will be provided with quick reference materials on toxic patients, and will leave with an understanding of the pathophysiology involved in a patient's toxic response. Real life scenarios will be used to discuss response techniques and identify diagnostic and treatment tricks of the trade.
Richard Stilp, Regional Hazmat Coordinator/District Chief (Ret.), East Central (FL) Regional Planning Council/Orlando (FL) Fire Department

311: Hazmat Team Management
Learn how to record all Hazmat operations in a common reporting format that allows you to prove your value when responding to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive threats. Capture the intangible values that are traditionally difficult to evidence.  Discuss how The Hazardous Materials response teams with the most data win. The best way to prepare for any budget conversation is to know what's going on with your team today and have the data to prove it. There are no arguments against facts.
Gary Sharp, Director of Training, Federal Resources

312: Robot Operations and Your Hazmat Team
The purpose of this course is to give hazmat response teams the ability to improve downrange operations through the use of robot technology. With the ability to monitor the environment and receive meter and sampling readings to a remote location outside of the hazard zone, HMRTs will be able to identify and mitigate scenes more effectively and efficiently. This tool allows teams to put an unmanned device to recon scenes and establish conditions, actions and needs for any given incident. Also discussed will be the benefits and capabilities of the robot use with other agencies such as local law enforcement, bomb squads, outside fire departments along with other state and federal agencies.
Vincent Wolfe, Firefighter/Engineer, Charlotte (NC) Fire Department

313: Getting the Most from Toxic Gas Sensors
Toxic gas sensors are the workhorses for detection of various gasses. These sensors are reasonable, specific and accurate. This course describes how these sensors work and how their specifications may impact decision-making. It also discusses how they can be fooled by gasses to which they may be cross-sensitive. For advanced users, cross-sensitivity can be advantageous particularly when cross-referenced with other technologies like colorimetric tubes and on-scene clues.
Chris Wrenn, VP America's Sales, AEssenseGrows

314: Responding to Incidents in the Laboratory
Emergency responses to laboratories can be extremely challenging. The thought of wild-haired scientists in white lab coats holding colorful, bubbling beakers of chemicals only adds to the mystery and creates responder anxiety. Hazardous chemicals, biologicals, radioactive materials, specialty gasses, and complicated laboratory apparatus and instrumentation all pose special challenges. The physical layout of laboratory facilities further complicates the response. This workshop helps take the mystery out of laboratory emergency response by enhancing situational assessment, risk-based decision-making, and responder safety.
William Cullen, Partner, GoldShield TEAM; Keith Silverman, Chief (Fmr.), Franklin Township (NJ) Fire District No. 1

315: Train Derailment Risk Assessment and Initial Action Plan
The presentation and interactive discussion will look at two train derailments. One involving crude oil (Galena, IL) and one involving ethanol (Alma WI). The two case studies will be broken down and looked at through the eyes of the actual hazmat technicians that were there. Raw footage and images captured during the initial entry and tank assessments will be the focal point of the presentation. Also discussed and presented will be the Initial Action Plan (IAP) and command structure. Actual (IAP) documents will be used as the basis of discussion. Materials and learning objectives for the class have already been presented in outreach presentations for fire departments and regional response teams with positive feedback. The class is designed with the strategic and tactical objectives needed within the first few hours of the initial response. Detailed damage assessment techniques and lessons learned by the facilitators during the actual incidents is real and well illustrated in the presentation portion. Most of the media used in the presentation were taken by session leaders. Media taken from incidents is exclusive and unreleased to other media outlets.
Jeff Schott, Captain and Hazmat Team Leader, La Crosse (WI) Fire Department Regional Hazmat Team; Greg Temp, Captain, La Crosse (WI) Fire Department

316: Downrange Chemical IDs: Scanning Through Containers, Collecting Residues, Next-Generation Tactics
Handheld Raman-based chemical detectors have been used by Hazmat, Military, and Security personnel to identify unknown chemicals for more than a decade. However, traditional Raman detectors are limited in their use because they cannot identify chemicals found inside thick, opaque or colored packaging/containers. Additionally, these systems are also unreliable in identifying liquid and powder residues on surfaces. These two operational limitations decrease efficiency in the hot zone and increase the risk to the operator and, in some cases, the public. In this workshop, a handheld Raman-based detector with expanded capabilities will be demonstrated in the context of First Responders, and users will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in analyzing unknown materials inside opaque containers (envelopes, gas cans, bottles), sampling techniques that allow for confident identification of liquid and powder chemical residues where there is not enough sample to collect into a vial.
Eric Roy, Strategic Program Manager, Cobalt Light Systems; Chris Waier, Federal Resources

317: FirstNet and Emerging Technologies for the Firefighter
This session will explain the state-of-the-art technological advantages the FirstNet network will provide first responders during incidents involving hazardous materials. The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is a government agency working to create the first nationwide public safety broadband network. Incidents involving Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) are traditionally large, complex, and require seamlessly executed communications and coordination to be handled successfully. Public safety agencies are often limited in their ability to access technology resources and information due to a lack of network bandwidth. FirstNet will make Hazmat teams more efficient at transmitting data from the scene to Incident Command, Emergency Operations Centers, PSAPs, and all other authorities involved. Speakers will explain the crucial role FirstNet will take on during such incidents and how it will make public safety personnel better-informed and therefore safer and more effective in their response efforts. As incident response is becoming increasingly data-dependent, first responders are relying heavily on successful data transfer. The FirstNet network is being developed specifically for first responders to ensure they are able to receive and send the technological data they need during emergencies and day-to-day operations. Learn about technological advances and the potential for applications and smart firefighter technologies like sensors and location services can improve operations.
Mike Worrell, Senior Fire Service Advisor, FirstNet

9:30 am - 11:00 am

400: Rescue from Hazmat Entrapment & Exposure
This session deals with rescue from leaks, spills and fires when seconds count!  Students will learn from examples of transportation and fixed facility, corrosive, flammable liquids & gases and toxic materials.  This session demonstrates timely, effective and innovative ways to accomplish rural & urban tram rescues. Many case studies will be featured.
Ronald Gore, Director & Senior Instructor, Haz Mat 1 Rapid Response

401: Beyond Buttons and Beeps - Air Monitoring Strategy and Tactics
Air Monitoring is one of the most important tools in the hazmat toolkit, and often the most misused or misunderstood. This workshop will highlight common sense, easy to use strategies and tactics for response where air monitoring is needed.
John Emminizer, Chief, Emergency Operations, DC Department of Energy and Environment

402: Beyond the Blog, One Responder’s Perspective
Perspective is essential to all aspects of hazmat response. Come and share the perspective of Hazmat Nation Buzz Blog writer Kevin Ryan of the Baltimore City FD Hazmat. He will share a variety of experiences and lessons learned as a hazmat responder. The class will add depth and experience to situations encountered by the responder to hazmat incidents. Topics to be covered will be pulled from his writings on the Hazmat Nation website. Session attendees will go beyond the blog on a variety of subjects involved in hazmat response.
Kevin Ryan, EVD, Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department; Ray Ryan, Crew Chief, Harford County (MD) DES

403: Myths of Hazmat
To bring to light the false beliefs that riddle the world of Hazardous Materials. A lecture-based presentation using video, participant interaction, audio, and demonstrations to bust many of the concepts and ideas that the hazmat community has. So much of our decisions during the response, rescue and mitigation have a deep foundation in what we believe to be true. Basing anything upon a foundation of false information will be at best, an embarrassment, and at worse lead to the loss of life.
The Hazmat Guys Podcast (Michael Monaco)

404: Safe, Unsafe or Dangerous?, Part 1
This program is about real life emergency response to hazardous materials. These are lessons that have been learned by emergency responders over the last 30 years the “hard way” in the street. Street Smart Hazmat gives the student information that they can put to use immediately in the street.  One of the most important functional information in any Hazmat or fire emergency response is the safety of response personnel. Sadly, Hazmat responders still have problems with risk and can’t answer the simplest questions - is it Safe? Unsafe? Dangerous? Tactical Safety should be on everyone’s mind from the seasoned veteran incident commander to the rookie emergency responder in the street. It is everyone’s responsibility to have the right attitudes towards safety. When it comes to safety there has to be a complex mixture of knowledge and experience that a responder calls – “street smart”.
Michael Callan, President, Callan and Company

405: Initial Response to Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD)
This session will include a discussion on the initial response to a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD). The presentation will be PowerPoint based and include interaction with attendees.The purpose of the presentation is to provide the response community with a common operating picture of an RDD response using the latest Federal Guidance issued by DHS/FEMA. The latest recommendations for response have not yet been socialized to the response community. This would be an excellent opportunity to share critical information with both hazmat responders and leaders across the Nation. All information will be vetted using the latest guidance and will be extracted from Federally Certified course material. As one of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium partners, CTOS focus is concentrated on the Prevention, Protection and Response to radiological and nuclear WMDs. A presentation by our organization will provide the audience with critical information that will be required in the initial response to such an incident. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the threat, size-up, initial actions, protective measures, and assessment techniques for the operation.
David Pasquale, Technical Standards/Western Regional Manager, Counter Terrorism Operations Support, NNSA, DOE

406: Spectroscopy Alphabet Soup
In recent years many different types of spectroscopy devices have been introduced into the hazmat response world. All have different capabilities and limitations that can become confusing to the responder. In this session, I will describe all the different types of spectroscopy, their capabilities, limitations, and where they fit tactically in a hazmat response.
Richard Dufek, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Carmel (IN) Fire Department

407: Gazing Into Your Crystal Ball
Understanding the interaction of the container, contents, and surrounding conditions are critical to handling hazardous materials emergencies. This session addresses Ludwig Benner's General Emergency Behavior Model for predicting the behavior of hazardous materials and their container. Participants will apply the model using their experience on incidents provided by the instructor.
Charles Wright, Manager Hazardous Materials Training (Ret.), Union Pacific Railroad

408: Successes and Challenges of Running a Hazmat Association and Hazmat Challenge
This session will cover the successes and challenges of having run a Statewide Hazmat Association for the past 25 years and the successes and challenges of running an ever growing Hazmat Challenge at the State's Fire Conference. The North Carolina Association of Hazardous Material Responders (NCAHMR) was formed in 1991 to "facilitate the professional development of public and private sector hazardous materials emergency response teams and their members within the State of North Carolina". With that mission in mind, the NCAHMR strives to provide the most technical training and networking opportunities to our members throughout the State. During this session, we will discuss logistically how we have maintained this successful Association for the past 25 Years. We will talk about the effective Outreach Mission which brings training opportunities to its selected members that otherwise may not be affordable for most individual departments. This session will additionally cover how to run a successful Hazmat Challenge. The NCAHMR will hold their largest Hazmat Challenge yet at the upcoming combination International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International (FRI) and the South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo (SAFRE) conference in July 2017. The NCAHMR has a twelve Year history of hosting the Hazmat Challenge at the SAFRE Conference. The challenge presents typical response drills to competing colleagues from multi-disciplines. Regional Response Teams, County and City Hazmat departments, State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina National Guard's 42nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction Team) all show up to compete. The challenge encourages each team to use their skills and expertise to mitigate an as real situation as possible.
Abby Moore, Hazmat Analyst, Asheville (NC) Fire Department

409: Toxic Suicide - The Changing Views of the Hemlock Movement, Part 2
Since even before biblical times people have selected different toxic chemical to either commit suicide or homicide. Hemlock, arsenic, phenol, cyanide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and the list goes on. Emergency responders, many times from a hazmat response, can be met with patients who have attempted suicide and were unsuccessful. This presentation provides hazmat medical responders with insight into how and why people attempt suicide. The presentation will review how often it happens and what types of chemicals are typically used and what trends are currently seen across the county. There will be a focus on a safe but reasonable response, diagnosis of these patients, and basic/advanced treatment (both BLS and ALS). Attendees will be provided with quick reference materials on toxic patients, and will leave with an understanding of the pathophysiology involved in a patient's toxic response. Real life scenarios will be used to discuss response techniques and identify diagnostic and treatment tricks of the trade.
Richard Stilp, Regional Hazmat Coordinator/District Chief (Ret.), East Central Fl Regional Planning Council/Orlando Fire Department

410: Risk-Based Approach for Safety Officer & Incident Commanders
The session introduces a risk-based approach that will provide the Safety Officer and Incident Commander with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop an Incident Action Plan for a safe effective response. A risk-based approach is a systematic process by which Officers begin by analyzing an event, using on-scene indicators to identify any potential types of harm (e.g., thermal, radiological, or explosive), then evaluating the potential consequences, an "if this, than that" decision-making strategy, and guiding the Officer to pick the best option. At each decision point, the Officer determines the appropriate course of action based on the facts, science, and the specific circumstances. Examples include life safety operations. On arrival, the Officer is required to establish the incident command system and give an initial scene report. There are always several on-scene indicators to use to determine the type of incident (I.e. containers, signs & symptoms). If possible, the Officer will need to determine if the cause of the incident is accidental or intentional (WMD). If the event has the potential to be intentional, the Officer must recognize the local, regional, state, and federal agency notifications necessary to successfully manage a potential WMD event including the health and safety of all responders and the public against secondary threats and preservation of evidence. The Incident Commander needs to determine the success of the actions taken and the status of response objectives through termination of the emergency or successful transfer of command. The value of decision points is that they are a systemic approach to all phases of an emergency that keeps the Officer on track to make efficient and thorough decisions at a significant event.
Tony Mussorfiti, Lieutenant (Ret.), FDNY

412: Is Your Backup Team Ready and Equipped?
Is your backup team is activated are they ready and equipped. This class is a combination of lecture and powerpoint. There will be a discussion between instructor and attendees. It's important to have the training and equipment that our backup teams need for a hazardous materials incident.
Butch Hayes, Firefighter/Hazmat Tech, Houston (TX) Fire

413: Scenario Based Training
Scenario based training has become the most common way of training response teams to work together. However, the challenges that are always present include: the same ideas, little variation, lack of realism, and not setting attainable goals. Through a series of questions and discussions the presenters will guide you through the obstacles described and help you to develop more effective whole skill exercises and drills to improve your team and the others that respond with you. The program will culminate in several full-scale demonstrations of how to make your training more effective.
Glen Rudner, Hazardous Materials Compliance Office, Norfolk (AL) Southern Railroad; Armando Bevelacqua, MBCA Senior Partner, Murphy Bevelacqua Consultants and Associates

414: Becoming a Detector Whisperer
The purpose of this session is to remind seasoned hazmat techs of the "correct" way to read and interpret the information displayed by their detection equipment, or in some cases, not displayed. The session will feature a discussion of the many different detection and monitoring techniques developed and used by some of those in attendance.
Preston Doege, Regional Hazmat Strike Team Coordinator, Travis County (TX)

415: Explosives: Recognition and Understanding
The world is changing and we are seeing a rise in terroristic activity all over. The use of explosives as a tool for terror is all too common. This lesson is a lecture/discussion driven session on explosives. This lesson is meant to serve as a tool to help responders recognize the presence of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and understand the risks associated with responding to an explosive event. This will be accomplished through discussion of the precursors of homemade explosives, the 4 components needed to make an IED, showing videos of the effects of an IED detonation, and treatment of some blast-type injuries based on best practices of emergency personnel in NYC. Case studies of explosives incidents will be used at the end of the presentation to incorporate the knowledge gained during the lesson. These case studies will be events that have taken place in big cities and small towns across the country.
Joshua Sutherland, Hazardous Materials Medical Technician Instructor, FDNY

416: Hazmat Team Management - It's More Than Suits and Boots
Managing a hazardous materials response program requires knowledge, skills, and abilities that program managers need to successfully lead and support their programs. The purpose of this session is to provide attendees with an overview of model program management considerations and skill sets. Using lecture and facilitated discussion, attendees will gain a better understanding of the scope and complexities of managing a hazardous materials response program and share personal experiences so that others may learn. Funding, training, political interaction, regulatory compliance, and many other issues influence hazardous materials response program management. It is vitally important that program managers understand the complexities of this responsibility and account for the various tasks and relationships needed to ensure that the program is effectively managed to meet its mission.
Richard Edinger, Deputy Chief, Chesterfield (VA) Fire and EMS

417: Colonial Pipeline Shelby County, AL Incident Response
The session will be an overview of a pipeline gasoline release from Colonial Pipeline in September 2016 in Shelby County, AL. The purpose is a case study of emergency response to a hazardous material release and has relevance and importance throughout the Hazmat 2017 conference and community. The presenter will give an overview of the incident, and then provide a description of the response, with over 800 responders, integrating local fire and county emergency management associations with a response lasting in the emergency phase for over 3 weeks, to highlight best practices and lessons learned from the incident.
Jeff Titus, Manager, Process Safety Management and Emergency Response, Colonial Pipeline

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

500: Handling Acetylene Emergencies
This session will help students understand standing acetylene hazards and containers and will cover leaks & fires, patching, flaring, fire control and rescue of the entrapped Case studies will be shown allowing urban & rural teams the near feeling of being there and enhancing their response capabilities. Acetylene Cylinder Incidents in transportation as well as in use at fixed facilities will be discussed. Workforces across the spectrum have and utilize acetylene almost every day. When emergencies of this type occur it requires a timely and effective response.
Ronald Gore, Director & Senior Instructor, Haz Mat 1 Rapid Response

501: All Hazards Awareness: Proper Threat Recognition in the Field
Homemade explosives, narcotics, and the reemerging threat of chemical weapons production consistently challenge first responders. When the call for service comes, we respond regardless of the potential risk we face. This lecture will focus on understanding the potential threat from multiple hazards in a clandestine environment. We will discuss the use of shared knowledge, experience, observation and investigative skills paired with appropriate technology to minimize that risk. Identifying and understanding the process is the first step toward identifying the threat.
Eric Gahagan, President/Owner, OPS15

502: Detection Data Interpretation Made Easy
This class will provide the Hazmat technician with the background and understanding of an automated decision support tool which combines real-time data from disparate sensors with known detector system sensitivity and cross-reactivity data along with overarching system characteristics to provide the operator with operationally relevant response information. The successful use of the vast amounts of readily available data from detectors requires standard guidelines for intelligent decision making for the protection of both the responders and the community. These standard guidelines also allow for the extension of instrument applicability from WMD response into hazmat response. Students will leave this course with the knowledge and enhanced skills necessary to implement decision support tools and automated data ingest functions in the operational environment and will increase the applicability of their detectors to a variety of hazmat/WMD situations.
Christina Baxter, CEO, Emergency Response TIPS, LLC; Michael Logan, Director, Research and Scientific Branch, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (Austrailia)

503: Safe, Unsafe or Dangerous? Part 2
This program is about real life emergency response to hazardous materials. These are lessons that have been learned by emergency responders over the last 30 years the “hard way” in the street. Street Smart Hazmat gives the student information that they can put to use immediately in the street.  One of the most important functional information in any Hazmat or fire emergency response is the safety of response personnel. Sadly, Hazmat responders still have problems with risk and can’t answer the simplest questions - is it Safe? Unsafe? Dangerous? Tactical Safety should be on everyone’s mind from the seasoned veteran incident commander to the rookie emergency responder in the street. It is everyone’s responsibility to have the right attitudes. When it comes to safety there has to be a complex mixture of knowledge and experience that a responder calls – “street smart”.
Michael Callan, President, Callan and Company

504: Chemical Suicides, The Hazmat Tech Perspective
A directed discussion of the various methods and materials used in chemical suicides will emphasize required competencies and tasks required of a hazmat technician. The purpose is to review methods that have been in use and to discuss emerging trends and unique hazards associated with each. First-responders are presented with a myriad of risks in their daily operations, and awareness of the specific risks, hazards, and mitigation techniques associated with chemical suicides is presented. The class is designed to be interactive and will present the student the opportunity to achieve some of the required competencies of Hazmat Tech Refresher.
Phil Hebert, HMRT, Harford County (MD) DES

505: The New Wild Wild West: Bath Salts, Spice, and Synthetics
Bath salts, spice, and synthetics, what are we getting into? What are the hazards of these unknown mixtures? In this presentation, we will look at the history, components, and chemistry, as well as current trends in these operations. We will examine the alphabet soup of chemicals and explain what they are. How can we identify these chemicals? Why are these operations so hard to stop? And what is next?
Tobias Frost, Captain, Lafayette (IN) Fire Department

506: AskRail App - Immediate Access to Railroad Train Consist Data
AskRail™ is a mobile application that provides first responders immediate access to real-time data about what type of hazardous materials a railcar is carrying so they can make an informed decision about how to respond to a rail emergency. AskRail™, was created by Class I railroads for use by bonafide emergency responders and can be requested by downloading from the Google Play store or the Apple App Store and completing the registration process.This session will provide a live demonstration of the AskRail app and will address recent changes made to enhance this tool for responders.
David Schoendorfer, System Manager Hazardous Materials, Norfolk Southern; Glen Rudner, Hazardous Materials Compliance Office, Norfolk (AL) Southern Railroad

508: It's All About Relationships
Active and engaged relationships are the critical success factor in today's all-threat/all-hazards environment. Failing to have established effective relationships before an incident or event occurs can cause serious struggles during the early part of a response. Likewise, having a solid foundation before the incident can pay big dividends. This study looks at some effective ways to build and sustain successful interagency relationships that will facilitate long-term interoperability amongst all stakeholders.
Joseph Leonard, Senior Consultant, CTEH; Bobbie Jackson, Director of Preparedness, Texas Health Services

509: Blowing Up Can Ruin Your Whole Day
Combustible gasses and vapors are one of the most common gaseous threats for Hazmat responders. However, many responders don't fully understand how their combustible gas sensors operate and what their limitations are. This course will discuss the operation and limitations of wheatstone bridge catalytic bead LEL sensors, infrared combustible sensors, thermal conductivity combustible gas sensors, dilution fittings and even using Photoionization Detectors (PIDs) for assessing combustible environments. It will help you understand when to trust and use each technology.
Chris Wrenn, VP America's Sales, AEssenseGrows

510: Responding Inside the Fenceline
In August 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13650 with the aim of improving chemical facility safety and security in coordination with facility owners and operators. How prepared are you to respond to emergencies inside the fenceline of your local industrial facility? This workshop will show you how to size-up incidents and design tactics to safely mitigate them. Take home tips and practical advice that will increase your confidence, response effectiveness, and safety.
Keith Silverman, Chief (Fmr.), Franklin Township (NJ) Fire District No. 1; William Cullen, Partner, GoldShield TEAM

511: Managing Pesticide Incidents
Using interactive discussion, students will learn the process for managing a pesticide incident. Since these types of events do not happen frequently responders will need a good foundation on how to handle these types of incidents.
Phillip Baker, Hazmat Team Leader, Prince George's County (MD) Fire & EMS Department

512: Bulk Compressed Natural Gas Emergencies
As the use of natural gas becomes more common in areas not serviced by a traditional pipeline, first responders and emergency planners need to be aware of the safety features, installation, and testing requirements of the fixed site systems and equally important, be able to identify the different types of transport vehicles being used to transport, store, and offload Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).This program is designed to help first responders and emergency planners increase their awareness of the new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) energy technologies designed to bring low-cost effective fuels to end users throughout the United States. The program will discuss planning considerations for response and risk reduction strategies for incidents and review several case studies related to bulk CNG transportation.
Chris Christopoulos, Fire Chief, City of Lebanon (NH)

513: Lessons Learned: Air Monitoring in a Large Scale Event
Protect yourself, your team and your community by applying the Emergency Preparedness Cycle to hazmat operations through lessons learned. Every deployment includes hours of preparation from understanding the rules and regulations that govern hazmat operations, calibration/maintenance of equipment, efficient deployment, protection of assets and returning safely. This interactive session will engage its attendees by reviewing lessons learned from years of responding to NFL games and provide information that can be applied to any community air monitoring response. Having the proper calibration techniques and documentation is paramount to a successful and safe response. What substance are you looking for? Can your meters detect it? Why or why not? What tools do you have in your hazmat toolbox? Reviewing topics such as following consistent calibration and setup of air monitoring equipment, enhances your team's compliance with OSHA regulations and reduces potential harm to hazmat technicians. Essential components of successful air monitoring include: speed and efficiency of deployment, connectivity, geography, venue, and response versus sensor capabilities. Provided during this discussion is the unique challenges of indoor and outdoor air monitoring, developing response tactics and environmental considerations such as containment, wind, temperature, time, and population density. When deploying air monitoring equipment, do you understand the "where, when and why"?
Cindy McMurtrie, NYS Hazmat Technician, Erie County (NY) Hazmat/WMD Response Team; Jeffrey Kuchta, NYS Hazmat Technician, Erie County (NY) Hazmat/WMD Response Team

514: Flammable Liquids by Rail Emergencies
The increase in the number and frequency of rail shipments, specifically flammable liquids by rail, has demonstrated the need to develop an effective and efficient Rail Emergency Response training program. A comprehensive and well-planned program should address all aspects of rail safety and response, not just specific commodities. At the same time, specific courses within that program can hone in on the common hazards that are seen today. The goal of the program is to be all encompassing and offer something for every responder. Regardless of the size and scope of the program, it is crucial to include all involved parties and subject matter experts early on in the development. First responders experienced in rail responses, railroad representatives, equipment manufacturers/suppliers, emergency management personnel are just some of those experts who should be a part of the planning process.
Christopher Downey, Hazardous Materials Program Manager, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute; Glenn Kosieniak, Hazardous Materials Program Lead Instructor, University of Illinois Fire Service Institute  

515: Back to Basics - Keeping it Simple
You can have the newest technology, best equipment, and all the best toys, but if you don't know the basics you might as well just not show up. We all need to go "back to the basics" and solidify the foundation of our knowledge. This lecture will go through some of the hazmat basics and show you a few things you might have forgotten. It will also help you craft some drills for your team to keep your training fresh.
John Lisi, Captain, Syracuse (NY) Fire Department

516: Legal Aspects of Hazmat Response and Planning
This session will be a lecture, combined with case studies, regarding the legal aspects and ramifications of dealing with hazardous materials. It will familiarize participants with some of the legal underpinnings of the hazmat response and planning community. This is a little understood and examined part of our operations, but also vital to them.
Alan Finkelstein, Fire Marshal (Ret.), Strongesville (OH) Fire Department; Paul Filon, Captain, Strongsville (OH) Fire Department

517: Comparison of Raman and IR for Material Identification
Raman and Infrared (IR) spectroscopy are mutually complementary techniques used for characterization and identification of materials. Raman spectroscopy utilizes inelastic scattering phenomena in order to determine the molecular fingerprint of a material; while IR spectroscopy is a vibrational spectroscopic method that relies on absorbance or transmittance of energy to generate the molecular fingerprint. Our study focused on the applicability of these two techniques to determine if they can be used interchangeably for hazardous material identification or if there are inherent advantages and disadvantages to either method. Results from instruments that use Raman spectroscopy with different excitation lasers were compared. These instruments were run against a common set of chemicals that included both precursors and active chemicals that are of interest in the production and detection of explosives and narcotics. Further, as this study was focused primarily on chemicals of interest to hazardous materials identification, substances that are representative of what first responders would encounter were analyzed - including chemicals that are colored or in mixtures, as well as chemicals in a variety of containers. Sampling methods that are typical of first responders was also used.
Suzanne Schreyer, Senior Applications Scientist, Rigaku Analytical Devices 

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

601: JHAT - What is it All About?
As first responders, our job is always to keep those that we serve safe, identify potential hazards and mitigate incidents quickly. Special events present hazards all in itself, however, there are opportunities for jurisdictional Hazmat teams to team up with bomb technicians to make a fast, educated assessment without the complication of large apparatus and large amounts of resources. The joint hazard assessment team or JHAT response provides a rapid assessment with the expertise and limited equipment to manage deeming a call for service at a special event a true threat or not. The presentation will go through what a JHAT team does, how it operates and basic equipment utilized. Within the presentation is information from the UCI event held in Richmond, VA last year and the positive outcomes. Included also will be potential training ideas for JHAT teams to provide that opportunity for seamless response all in a lecture format.
Jamie Potter, Lieutenant, Richmond (VA) Fire; Brian Acors, Hazmat Specialist, Richmond (VA) Fire; David Newell, Lieutenant, Henrico (VA) Division of Fire

602: Mad Libs Hazmat
Just like the childhood game that we all played was done, with constant variations able to be played, that is real life Hazardous Materials Response. Unfortunately, the way we train is static. This radical new way of making scenario-based learning is a completely dynamic and classroom-led learning experience, and it has been very well-received by previous attendees. In this scenario we will review researching techniques, encourage group discussions about proper PPE for a scenario that the audience created, and discuss metering technologies. We can then change a single word, and go down another completely different route.The importance of this new method of teaching is that the participants can now correlate the thought process that goes with things from common responses to completely unknown scenes. They will understand the fundamentals of the process and be able to do this when the time comes.
The Hazmat Guys Podcast (Robert Salvesen and Michael Monaco)

603: Managing HHFT Incidents: Facts, Myths and Realities
Incidents involving High-Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFT) transporting ethanol and crude oil can present significant operational and incident management challenges for emergency responders. This session will focus on the role of an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) in supporting Incident Command/Unified Command. Discussion topics will include planning considerations, product and container risk response considerations, tactical considerations, and incident management issues and challenges.
Gregory Noll, Program Manager, South Central Task Force; Michael Hildebrand, Program Manager, South Central Task Force

604: Organic Chemistry for the Hazmat Responder
This session will focus on the basic concepts a hazmat first responder would need to know when dealing with an organic chemical. Students will learn the significance of the functional groups associated with organic chemicals and how to determine basic hazards associated with organic chemicals.
Randy Perlis, Hazmat Chemist, HazChem LLC

605: Health Considerations for Hazmat Personnel
Does the Hazardous Materials responder know about what they may incur during any emergency response? Or maybe what they may transfer to someone else when it comes to what and how it will effect their health. This session will talk about today, tomorrow and health considerations within the next 30-40 years.
H.K. "Skip" Carr, President, H.K. Carr and Associates

113: When It Comes Here, Are You Going to be Ready? The Future is Here!
While you have been enjoying your freedom, internet, and cell phone service, others have been spending their time melting into the shadows of our society. Their objective are to attack, kill, and instill fear into the American public. This class will explore numerous types of chemicals that could be used against us in an attack. The need for a rapid response, analysis, and action will be paramount to a successful outcome. Your ability to intervene rapidly and effectively will be the difference between public hysteria and chaos, the public will be looking to you for real answers. Are you going to be ready? Come and participate in a dialogue of possibilities, as well as an opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas from responders from all over, we all have different threats in our jurisdictions and this is a perfect forum to improve us all globally.
Scott Russell, Captain, Baltimore County (MD) Fire Department

607: Grounding and Bonding - Why and How it's Done
This presentation will lay out the What's, Why's, and How's of Grounding and Bonding. The program will follow the recommendations as set by the NFPA 77 and 472 standards and discuss the misunderstanding of what ground resistance is and why do we do it first. Then by demonstration, the instructor will show how we set up a grounding field for the damaged container, grounding field for the recovery container and appliances and how to bond then together. This is an interactive program that will ask the student to discuss the subject. If you wish to bring your ground density meter with you and let's make sure you know how it works!
Glen Rudner, Hazardous Materials Compliance Officer, Norfolk Southern Railroad

608: Staying Alive - Understanding and Preventing Hazmat Line of Duty Deaths
Studying the causes of hazmat line of duty deaths will allow responders to take steps to prevent them. Understanding material and container behavior, especially in relation to energy releasing materials, will allow students to make more accurate predictions of the possible outcomes at future incidents, which is key to avoiding disaster.
Bill Hand, Training Coordinator, Harris County (TX) Fire Marshal's Office

609: Training the New Hazmat Team Member
Learn new ways of training new hazmat technicians.  This course will be an interactive class and discuss what happens once your new technician arrives after the initial technician class is over.
Butch Hayes, Firefighter/Hazmat Technician, Houston (TX) Fire

611: A Hazmat Responder's Guide to Flash Fire Protective Clothing
This course will provide information on different performance standards available to assess chemical protective clothing worn by Hazmat Responders when the garment is exposed to a chemical flash fire. Information will be shared regarding NFPA 1991 (gas tight suits) and NFPA 1992 (liquid tight suits) standards' Flash Fire Escape Option tests and NFPA 2112 (Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire). The student will understand what different claims of "FR" really mean for their Hazmat suits.
Susan Lovasic, Principal Investigator, DuPont Protection Technologies

613: Street Smart Simulation Training
Street Smart Simulation Training Scenario Based Training (SBT) has become the new buzz word for education in the emergency services. But are you really using the tool in the most effective manner? Are your responders receiving competent experience centered lessons that can be applied in the real world? In this session you will discover new techniques that utilize multiple components within interchangeable deliveries to reinforce the emergency responder decision-making process - all in a 21st-century gaming simulation. The concept provides a component learning experience in an environment which blends the student's thought processes, common practices and procedures within their response experience. The concept is simple, teach the ideas of approach and application, discuss the application through mini scenarios and then review through the use of a simulation.
Armando Bevelacqua, MBCA Senior Partner, Murphy Bevelacqua Consultants and Associates; Michael Callan, President, Callan and Company

614: How Did They Know That?
This session will present useful calculations to help ensure responder safety ad health as well as ensuring an efficient response. Scenarios involving the release of hazardous materials will be presented, and then calculations that will aid responders will be discussed. The class will work through the scenario, and perform the actual calculation. The information presented in this session will aid responders in making an appropriate risk analysis and developing an appropriate action plan based on quantifiable data. The concepts covered in this session are important, but not included in typical Hazmat training sessions.
Brian Bennett, Chief, Iselin (NJ) Fire Department

615: So You Want to be the Science Officer
The Science Officer class provides a thorough understanding of 12 key physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials (The Hazmat Dirty Dozen) through classroom demonstrations, hands-on experiments and videos of hazardous materials events. The materials used for the construction of containers for shipping and storing hazardous materials are reviewed. The impact of hazardous materials on the container and the probabili305ty of container failure during thermal, mechanical and chemical stress events are analyzed using information from hazardous materials incidents. The correlation between the stress-induced changes in key physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials and the stages of the General Hazardous Materials Behavior Model is reinforced through demonstration and review of hazardous materials incidents. The use of the 12 key physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials will also be related to information that the Science Officer must provide to the IC regarding PPE, Zones and Perimeters Delineation, Monitoring, Decontamination, Respiratory Protection, Site Safety Plan, Evacuation vs Shelter-in-Place, etc.
Tommy Murdock, PhD, Hazardous Materials Specialist, St. Cloud (MN) Emergency Response Team

616: Significant Changes in Chemical Dispersion Modeling Predictions
Many people have noticed that there were some significant changes to the downwind Protective Action Distance predictions in the 2016 Emergency Response Guide. This was the result of new modeling tools resulting from testing and experiment activities, including live chemical releases (Jack Rabbit Trials).  This will be an overview of the current changes to the modeling tools, the Jack Rabbit Trials, and a demonstration and discussion of the new RAILCAR source model in the latest release of ALOHA.
Robert Bradley, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Middletown Fire Department; Albert Valerioti, Director of Training (Ret.), Waterbury (CT) Fire Department

617: Advancements in Chemical Identification for HME & Clan Lab Response
This session will provide an overview of Raman & FTIR sampling for unknown chemical identification in response to Homemade Explosive and Clandestine Labs. The latest technological advancements will be highlighted including: review basics of Raman & FTIR sampling, focus on safety hazards of Raman, talk about the advantages of combo unit & highlight the software changes, review the library for narcotics and explosives and WMD precursors, talk about the limitations of Field Chemistry, incorporate the Lab-ID app with the identification of precursors by IR and run some examples on handheld chemical ID equipment.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

701: Hazmat Mayday - Planning for the Worst
This session will review the issues associated with a mayday emergency while operating in the hot zone. We will consider the different possible mayday situations and tactics an Incident Command may consider in deploying RIC or backup teams in response to the mayday.
Alan Cagle, Battalion Chief, Greensboro (NC) Fire Department

702: What's New with NFPA Standards for Chemical PPE
The NFPA Hazmat and CBRN clothing standards (NFPA 1991, 1992, and 1994) have a significant influence on the design and performance of protective clothing worn by Hazmat responders. NFPA 1991 (Level A) was revised and reissued in 2016 and NFPA 1992 (Level B Liquid Splash) and NFPA 1994 (CBRN events) were just revised to be issued in 2017. Learn what has changed, what has stayed the same and what this means to responders. Also, earn how the NFPA process works and how its standards are developed. This presentation can be useful for virtually any level of responder - from new through experienced, it is highly suggested for PPE selection decision makers.
Susan Lovasic, Principal Investigator, DuPont Protection Solutions

703: “Zero Readings” and the Problem with Pentane
Natural Gas emergencies are the number one flammable gas emergency encountered in the fire service. This presentation will examine the potential for detectors to lose the ability to "see" Methane (Natural Gas), even when following proper Pentane calibration and bump testing schedules. This presentation will also discuss alternative technologies and techniques to detect Methane (Natural Gas), as well as alternative calibration and detector maintenance options to overcome this issue.
Connor Hadaway, Firefighter (Ret.), Hamilton Fire Department (Canada); Stephen Clark, Acting Captain, Hamilton Fire Department (Canada)

705: PIDs for the Fire Service
How well do you know your PID? What is the device really telling you? The session will cover the basics of PIDs: how it functions, its limitations and its applications. We will also discuss the different types of PIDs (multi-gas, stand alone and PPB), their advantages/disadvantages and how they can be deployed in the field.
Mathieu Prevost, Firefighter/Hazmat Technician, Ottawa Fire Services (Canada)

706: Understanding Legal Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Facilities
With the medical and/or recreational legalization of cannabis in over half of the US states, legal cultivation sites or "grows" are becoming more and more common. The threats of poorly executed butane extraction and poor wiring in illegal grows has been addressed in a number of classes. This presentation will help to set expectations for first responders entering a state of the art legal cannabis cultivation space. It will discuss lighting, HVAC, CO2 enrichment, extraction and grow styles amongst other topics.
Chris Wrenn, VP America's Sales, AEssenseGrows

707: Jack Rabbit II
Since 2010, DHS has conducted scientific studies of large-scale releases of compressed liquefied gases with unexpected results. In August and September of 2016, Jack Rabbit II, Phase II concluded the large scale tests with up to 20 tons of liquified Cl2. This workshop provides an overview of the preliminary results of the project while discussing specific phenomenon that has occurred and its impact on the first responder community utilizing actual videos of the releases.
David Matthew, Deputy Chief (Ret.), South San Francisco (CA) Fire Department

708: PEAC-WMD Hazmat Software
Our class will cover the basic navigation of the software and then delve into detail about each of our calculators, chemical reactivity information, mapping, incident reporting and more. Our purpose and goal is to demonstrate exactly what is available and why it is of extreme use in a plethora of different situations. This will range from the routine to incidents that many responders may have never encountered before, but need to be prepared for nonetheless. The methodology used in this session is designed to make the class as interactive as possible. Rather than just look at the tools available, attendees will be able to craft the scenarios used by discussing incidents they have responded to in the past or concerns they have within their individual communities. This brings about valuable discussion among all participants to see how their software can be used to its full potential. The class is relevant because many of the folks that attend the conference use the PEAC software in their departments. Since hazmat calls aren't something that come in every day, any training on the hazmat software that is used only sporadically in actual events lends a sense of confidence when users return home and have to use it in an actual emergency. Not only will attendees be prepared, but the knowledge gained will be easily shared with others in the department when they get back to work. The importance lies in what the software provides. If responders don't know exactly how long they can be in their hazmat suits, boots, gloves, etc, they are putting themselves in dangerous situations they may not even be aware of. Additionally, they need to know how far to evacuate people and why, questions the calculators we will cover are designed to answer.
Matthew Stewart, Account Manager, AristaTek, Inc.

709: Tank Car Tank Damage Assessment
Understanding the extent of tank car tank damage is critical to predicting the behavior of a tank car and its contents an emergency. This session provides a damage assessment process and explains the types of tank car tank damage as well as factors affecting the severity of that damage. Past incidents will be used for discussion and practical activities to reinforce concepts presented.
Charles Wright, Manager Hazardous Materials Training (Ret.), Union Pacific Railroad

710: Responding to a Biological Laboratory Incident: Everything You Were Afraid to Ask
As the threat of biological and chemical terror grows, the first responder community has been training to deal with consequences of increased terrorist attack against our Country. A growing area of concern is now developing. As the numbers of research laboratories and pharmacological facilities grow, so does the availability of biological and chemical components available for misuse. Now more than ever, routine biologics can easily become a national threat.

This course will review the basic biosafety contamination controls and impacts of exposures. We will review where you might find these facilities (in major cities, in high rise buildings) and how to evaluate the hazard levels of the labs based on the materials that are being used. Additionally, we will review the cooperation that is needed between the public response teams and the facility personnel and internal response teams and how to best manage the incident.  
Stephen McManus, Deputy Director, Sanofi Pasteur Swiftwater Site Emergency Response Team (ERT); Melissa Michlowski, Deputy Director of Health and Safety, Biosafety Officer for Sanofi Pasteur Swiftwater and Maryland Facilities

711: Propane Cars and Trucks - What First Responders Need to Know
Currently, there are thousands of cars and trucks that run on alternative fuels such as propane, also known as propane autogas. This session will discuss basic safety issues related to propane and vehicles that run on it, with important information for first responders on how to safely and effectively respond to accident involving propane autogas vehicles.  This session will also highlight the online Propane Emergencies training course, jointly developed by PERC and the IAFC and is hosted on the IAFC Academy, and much more.
Stuart Flatow, Vice President, Safety and Training, Propane Education & Research Council; Paula Laney, Director, Safety, Education and Training, LP Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Commission

712: Getting the Most out of Your Interagency Committees
Regulatory requirements, Interlocal agreements, mutual aid compacts, and sometimes, plain common sense require us to participate in a wide array of interagency committees, boards, and other similar functions. Examples include LEPCs, area committees, area maritime security committees, UASI committees, mutual aid organizations, and special event planning groups. Active and engaged relationships are the critical success factors in today's all-threat/all-hazards environment. Failing to have established effective relationships before an incident or event occurs can cause serious struggles during the early part of a response. Likewise, having a solid foundation before the incident can pay big dividends. Active participation within these interagency committees can be a significant first step in building those relationships, but how can we get more from these activities that sometimes meet less than once a month? This study looks at some effective ways to build and sustain successful interagency relationships using the dynamics of interagency committees and boards that will facilitate long-term interoperability amongst all stakeholders.
Joseph Leonard, Senior Consultant, CTEH; Bobbie Jackson, Director of Preparedness, Texas Health Resources

716: E-Plan for First Responders: A Free Online EPCRA Tier 2 Database with Chemical Hazards Data
This course is an overview of E-Plan, the nation's largest database of chemical and facility hazards data with over 400,000 facilities and over 24,000 unique chemicals. It is free, simple and easy for first responders and state and federal personnel to use. E-Plan provides chemical facility reporting data and other important information instantly such as maps, CHRIS data, SDSs, toxic profiles, ERG pages, Plume mapping, weather data and NFPA codes.
Mathew Marshall, Vice President, Cutting Edge Planning and Training

717: GC-MS Integration: How to Enhance Your Response with the GC-MS Capability Usually Found in the Lab
Several trends have converged enabling the integration of lab quality, full capability gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers into Hazmat response operations. Properly deployed these instruments designed for mobile use become powerful tools in the task of identifying and characterizing unknown gases, liquids, or solids. The class will cover the integration process.
William Miller, Hazmat Technician/Instructor (Ret.), Tacoma (WA) Fire Hazmat

Sunday, June 18

General Session
9:00 am - 11:00 am 

An In-Depth Look at Rail Incidents
Railroads typically respond quickly and efficiently to mitigate hazards, and to minimize commercial, consumer and economic impact by opening the line to the rail traffic. This presentation will review best practices in mitigating the hazards associated with the derailment, and highlight some techniques and lessons learned in dealing with the political ramifications and fallout often associated with these type incidents.

Amid the excellence of a recent major Type I Unit Train response effort was a backdrop of local, regional, state and national interests. The states involved along a vital major river course, regional tribal interests, jurisdictional federal agencies and of course, imperative and immediate local interests, were all in play in this response effort.  This will be a presentation of the various strategies and interests involved in the chronology of the incident.  It will review best practices involved in mitigating the hazards, use of an incident management overhead team and the formation of a multi-jurisdictional body as a Unified Command Structure, and the dynamics involving this coordinated and integrated response.
Joe Leonard, Senior Consultant, CTEH - Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health; John Temperilli, Senior Consultant, CTEH - Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health

The International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference is the premier conference in the United States for hazardous materials responders. This conference offers the most experienced speakers, up-to-date information and the best hands-on training.

– Rick Edinger, Battalion Chief, Chesterfield County (VA) Fire & EMS