The IAFC is conducting a study to identify current fire department practices and compliance regarding the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986, and related elements. This information will help understand the fire department role within the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) by assessing their current activity.
Tragedy can strike anywhere. Take, for example, the incident in Beirut, Lebanon, involving ammonium nitrate.
Most recent in our memories is the West, Texas, explosion that killed 15 people, including several firefighters, and injured over 150. It caused significant damage and potentially destroyed more than 150 buildings. That explosion involved approximately 60,000 lbs. of ammonium nitrate stored at a fertilizer facility. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has published an essential public document with recommendations. The full report is available at the IAFC Fusion Center along with other historical incidents involving ammonium nitrate.
The IAFC Hazmat Fusion Center works to identify areas within LEPCs for improvement needed to help the fire departments. Our goal is to identify the strengths of departments that can be helpful to other LEPCs. The study information will be used to help fire department efforts and keep their communities safe and informed.
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