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Hazmat Legends Series DVDs

Runtime: 5 DVDs

The industry's leading hazmat responders with more than 900 years of boots on the ground experience!

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The Hazmat Legends Series presents more than 25 nationally recognized leading hazmat responders - with more than 900 years of combined boots on the ground experience. As influential instructors, widely read authors and hazmat responders, they have seen it all and now in this exciting and comprehensive series, they explain how and why hazmat teams do the things they do. These exciting programs cover it all - whether you have new recruits to train or want to provide a stimulating refresher for your team.

Programs in the series include:

  • Risk-Based Response - This program examines key issues in the latest edition of NFPA 472 - Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. This program covers important issues related to safe hazmat response.
  • Analyzing the Incident - Whether you are trained to the operations, technician or command level, the first task of every first responder to a hazmat or WMD emergency is the same. It's size up - or what the NFPA standard on hazmat competencies calls Analyzing the Incident. A systematic risk-based response begins with an analysis of the problem - assessing the hazards, evaluating the potential consequences and then choosing the best response actions.
  • Planning the Response - This program examines the critical process of choosing response objectives and response options. Covers information
    gathering, hazards analysis, and command's role in developing an incident action plan. Explains how responders use facts, science, and circumstances to plan
    rescue operations, protective actions, select PPE, and choose a decontamination protocol.. 
  • Implementing the Response - Once information has been gathered, hazards assessed, and the potential consequences evaluated, a plan is developed to respond to the incident. In this program, the legends discuss offensive versus defensive actions as well as the decision not to intervene. Among the critical issues are
    establishing control zones, entry team briefings, working in PPE, managing heat stress, air monitoring, scene safety, communications, and managing evidence.
  • Evaluating Progress & Terminating the Incident - Throughout the incident, responders must evaluate the progress of the incident action plan, Are control functions effective? Is decontamination successful? Once the emergency phase of the incident is over, steps must be taken to safely terminate the incident. Among the issues discussed are the on-scene debriefing, critiques after major incidents, after action reports, and personnel exposure records.

Also included in this series are four resource CD-ROMs with PowerPoint presentations, testing materials, risk management case studies and additional resources to help instructors with seminar presentations.


This clip is from the fourth program of the series, Implementing the Response and features Nick Vent. Nick is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and Supervising Environmental Health Specialist with the County of San Diego, Environmental Health Department, Hazardous Materials Division (HMD). He is the supervisor and an instructor for San Diego County's Joint Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT) and most of the Fire and Law Enforcement agencies in the County of San Diego.  Nick has a degree in Occupational Health and was an analytical chemist for 10 years.  He also was the Facility Manager and chemist for a Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility in San Diego for 3 years, and has now been with the HMD for over 27 years.  Nick Vent has responded to or managed over 11,000 incidents. In this clip, Nick discusses the Escondido, California 'bomb house' which was packed with the largest cache of homemade explosives, bomb-making chemicals, hand grenades and other explosives ever discovered in the U.S.

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The following clips are from the third program in the series, Planning the Response.

Mike Hildebrand is a senior partner and hazardous materials consultant with Hildebrand & Noll Associates. Mike was formerly Director of Safety and Fire Protection for the American Petroleum Institute and was a member of the NFPA Standards Council. He also served as a Team Leader on the Prince George's County (MD) HazMat Team. The writer of numerous articles and texts, Mike co-authored the widely-circulated text Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident, which introduced the concept of the 8 Step Process. In this clip, Mike discusses the primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency plans an incident commander needs to have ready at a hazmat/WMD incident.
 



Ludwig Benner is president of Ludwig Benner & Associates, a firm specializing in investigation. As a chemical engineer and registered Professional Engineer, his investigation experience includes a variety of vehicle, aircraft, fire, hazmat, and industrial incidents. Previously he conducted or managed hazmat transportation accident investigations for the National Transportation Safety Board. He also teaches courses on investigation issues. In this clip, Ludwig discusses things hazmat responders need to look for in order to change the outcome of a hazmat/WMD incident. 

 


Retired from the Sacramento (CA) Fire Department where he served since 1965, Jan Dunbar was Division Chief of Special Operations where he was responsible for developing the hazardous materials response team program, supervising the swiftwater rescue program, and the development of a county-wide response approach to terrorism and terrorism training. He has served as Chairman of the California State Fire Marshal's committee to develop a hazardous materials specialist course, was a member of NFPA's Technical Committee on Chemical Protective Clothing, and IAFC's Committee on Hazardous Materials. He currently is a consultant for the California State Office of Emergency Services, and on occasion to James Lee Witt and associates, LLC. In this clip, Jan discusses the role of the Incident Commander at a hazmat/WMD incident.




Dan Keenan has been a firefighter and HazMat responder for the City of Oakland Fire Services Agency since 1991. He is certified by CSTI (California Specialized Training Institute) as a Hazardous Materials Instructor. Dan felt a need to promote hazardous materials training with the use of live chemical demonstrations, and this interest fueled the development of his course called Fun with Chemistry. Dan received the James H. Meidl Instructor of the Year Award in 1999 - sponsored by California State Fire Marshal. He is a consultant to HazTech Systems Inc., manufacturers of the HazCat Kit®. He has been teaching Field Identification of Unknowns classes for over ten years. Dan has made use of his experience and expertise to teach Advanced Field Identification of Unknown Hazardous Substances to federal EPA On-Scene-Coordinators at their Nationwide Training conference. Dan is also a consultant with Davis Defense Group where he teaches response to Chemical Warfare Agent laboratories. In this clip, Dan discusses the pivotal role that Hazmat Technical Specialists have at an incident.






The following clips are from the second program in the series,
Analyzing the Incident.


Robert Ingram has spent almost four decades in the Fire Service, with over 30 of those years working for the New York City Fire Department. He was the Chief in Charge of HazMat Operations from September 11th, 2001 until August of 2007 and currently is assigned to the FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness as the WMD Branch Chief. He is also a member of the NFPA 472 Committee, IAFC HazMat Committee, and an IAFF Master instructor. Chief Ingram discusses the difficulties of identifying chemicals in small containers and the impact exposures of these chemicals may have on the health of first responders.






Retired from the Sacramento (CA) Fire Department where he served since 1965, Jan Dunbar was Division Chief of Special Operations where he was responsible for developing the hazardous materials response team program, supervising the swiftwater rescue program, and the development of a county-wide response approach to terrorism and terrorism training. He has served as Chairman of the California State Fire Marshal's committee to develop a hazardous materials specialist course, was a member of NFPA's Technical Committee on Chemical Protective Clothing, and IAFC's Committee on Hazardous Materials. He currently is a consultant for the California State Office of Emergency Services, and on occasion to James Lee Witt and associates, LLC. In this clip, Jan discusses the dangers of closed containers in a hazmat incident.





Capt. Bill Hand spent 31 years with the Houston Fire Department before joining the Harris County Hazardous Materials Response Team, where he responded to thousands of calls involving almost every type of container and chemical possible that could cause an incident. He is also a former WMD Specialist with Texas Task Force One US&R Team. Bill has been a Hazardous Materials trainer and lecturer nationwide since 1980. In this clip, Bill discusses the clues that responders can get from containers that hold the hazardous materials to help size up an incident.





Cheryl Weaver-Docimo is the corporate liaison and a trainer for Docimo & Associates, LLC of Stamford, Connecticut. A paramedic and 26-year veteran of the fire and EMS services, she also serves as a volunteer and a career staff member with various departments in South Central Pennsylvania. In addition, she has ten years of experience in radiological technology and 19 years combined experience in education for emergency services, healthcare and the general public. In this clip, Cheryl discusses detection of radiological hazards and container labels.





Maria Duazo is a Hazmat Specialist and emergency responder with the Contra Costa Health Services Department and often takes the role of Public Information Officer for the agency. She conducts hazmat programs on chemical safety and is an outreach instructor with the California Specialized Training Institute. She is also a past recipient of the California Fire Marshal's Instructor of the Year award. In this clip, Maria discusses how details of the incident can help in sizing up the unknowns of the hazardous materials involved.




Dan Kennan has been a firefighter and hazmat responder for the City of Oakland Fire Services Agency since 1991. He is certified by CSTI (California Specialized Training Institute) as a Hazardous Materials Instructor. Dan felt a need to promote hazardous materials training with the use of live chemical demonstrations and this interest fueled the development of his course called Fun With Chemistry. Dan is a past recipient of the James H. Meidl "Instructor of the Year" Award sponsored by California State Fire Marshal. He is a consultant to HazTech Systems Inc., manufacturers of the HazCat Kit ®. He has been teaching Field Identification of Unknowns classes for over ten years. He has made use of his experience and expertise to teach Advanced Field Identification of Unknown Hazardous Substances to federal EPA On-Scene-Coordinators at their Nationwide Training conference. Dan is also a consultant with Davis Defense Group where he teaches response to Chemical Warfare Agent laboratories. In this clip, Dan discusses the issues and dangers when cylinders are involved in a hazmat incident.





The following clips are from the first program in the series, Risk-Based Response.

Our first preview clip features Greg Noll, who has almost 40 years experience in safety and emergency response and is a member of numerous industry safety committees, including chairing the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.In 2011, Greg was awarded the John M. Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Fire Chiefs - the highest award given by the IAFC. In this clip, Greg discusses core competencies and mission specific competencies of NR 472.

                                                                                                         



The second clip features Robert Ingram, WMD Branch Chief, FDNY. Chief Ingram has spent almost four decades in the Fire Service, with over 30 of those years working for the New York City Fire Department. He was the Chief in Charge of HazMat Operations from September 11th, 2001 until August of 2007 and currently is assigned to the FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness as the WMD Branch Chief. He is also a member of the NFPA 472 Committee, IAFC HazMat Committee, and an IAFF Master instructor. In this preview clip, Chief Ingram discusses why some core competency sections of NFPA 472 were developed into mission specific competencies.





This clip features Paul Penn, who has more than thirty years of emergency, environmental, and health & safety management experience. He is currently the founder and president of EnMagine, Inc., the home of the hazardous materials emergency response program for hospitals called HAZMAT for Healthcare. Paul focuses on emergency management and hazardous materials emergency planning, training, training and exercising for hospitals and healthcare. Previously he was the Manager of Environmental Health & Safety at the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center. He also served as the Oil Spill Response Program Manager for the State of California and as the SARA Title III Program Manager for the CA Office of Emergency Services.  In this clip he discusses how often EMS is the first to show up on the scene of a hazmat incident and how critical EMS hazmat response training is.





Daniel Snell is currently working as a trainer/consultant for F.I.R.S.T, (First in Rescue, Safety and Training), in the Houston, Texas area. In addition, he is a Task Force leader, a Hazmat WMD Manager at Texas Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue Team. Danny is retired from the Houston Fire Department after 37 years of service, where he was successfully promoted through the ranks. He reached the positions of Assistant Fire Chief, Executive Assistant Fire Chief, and Hazardous Materials Response Team Coordinator. Danny is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel. In this clip, Danny discusses the differences between the Operational level and mission specifics competencies of NFPA 472.





Nick Vent is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and Supervising Environmental Health Specialist with the County of San Diego, Environmental Health Department, Hazardous Materials Division (HMD). He is the supervisor and an instructor for San Diego County's Joint Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT) and most of the Fire and Law Enforcement agencies in the County of San Diego.  Nick has a degree in Occupational Health and was an analytical chemist for 10 years.  He also was the Facility Manager and chemist for a Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility in San Diego for 3 years, and has now been with the HMD for over 27 years.  Nick Vent has responded to or managed over 11,000 incidents. In this clip, Nick discusses the Escondido, California 'bomb house' which was packed with the largest cache of homemade explosives, bomb-making chemicals, hand grenades and other explosives ever discovered in the U.S.






This clip features Glen Rudner. Glen is the former Regional Hazardous Materials Response Officer in Northern Virginia at the Department of Emergency Management. He also previously served with the Alexandria, VA Fire and EMS Department as a Hazmat Specialist. He has been a developer, co-developer and Subject Matter Expert on several State and Federal hazardous materials programs. Glen is currently an instructor at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center in Pueblo, Colorado. He is also a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel. In this clip, Glen discusses the importance of responder safety.





Rem Gaade is a former Chief of Hazardous Materials and Special Operations, Fire Fighting Division of the Toronto Fire Department, with 35 years of fire service experience. He was chairman of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs' HazMat committee for eight years and is a member of the Standing Committee on Hazardous Materials and Activities of the National Fire Code of Canada. He is now an Emergency Management consultant specializing in HazMat and Terrorism issues in his company, Gaade and Associates.






Greg Socks is a retired Captain of the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue and a consultant/trainer at Docimo & Associates. In addition, Greg has served as the Hazmat Coordinator at Washington County Hazmat in Maryland. Educated at Montgomery College and Catonsville Community College, Greg is also an instructor for the Southeastern Georgia Marine Group, providing NFPA compliant training for over 100 southeast firefighters protecting the ports of Savannah, Georgia. In this clip, Greg discusses the role of the Hazmat Safety Officer at an incident.





Chris Hawley is a Deputy Project Manager with Computer Sciences Corporation. He is responsible for several WMD courses with the DOD/FBI/DHS International Counterproliferation program, providing threat assessment, hazmat, and anti-terrorism training worldwide. Previous to this position Chris was the Special Operations Coordinator for the Baltimore County, MD Fire Department. Chris has been a firefighter and a HazMat responder for over 20 years. He is the author of several HazMat and Terrorism response texts with Delmar Thomson Publishing, and is the co-author of Special Operations: HazMat Crimes and Terrorism. In this clip, Chris discusses the development of risk analysis in hazmat incidents.