Analyzing the Incident: Dan Kennan

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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.

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.


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