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Ethanol Emergencies Training

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Mar 16, 2018

Safety and Health: All-Hazards Response and Scenario Planning

All-hazards response isn’t a new concept, so what’s the point of talking about it yet again? It’s not about the past; it’s about scenario-planning for the future.

Mar 02, 2018

President’s Letter: Preparing Our Departments for All Hazards

The fire service handles things outside our traditional mission of firefighting: from community paramedicine and terrorism to hazardous materials and technical rescue, our world’s fire service is the benefactor of all-hazards solutions.

Mar 02, 2018

The American Fire Service and the FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force

Why can’t the fire service get information from the feds that is as relevant as it is to law enforcement? The fact is that we can; we just have to ask, then commit to developing a partnership with them.

Oct 17, 2017

ALERT Grant Enables IAFC to Continue Rail Safety Program

Thousands of responders trained both online and in person.

Jul 18, 2017

Industrial Fire & Safety Section Announces Scholarship Program

The Industrial Fire & Safety Section has established a scholarship to provide participation in fire, safety and emergency response training.

Jun 09, 2017

New Mobile App is a Great Tool for IC and Emergency Responders

IAFC hazmat project specialist checks out new app.

May 04, 2017

IAFC and TransCanada Extend Partnership

Agreement Supports Pipeline Emergency Response Training across North America

May 04, 2017

Hazmat Responders to Get Help in Biodetection

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently completed an evaluation of nearly three dozen field biodetection products and performed over 5,000 tests to assess their ability to accurately detect anthrax and ricin, which are potential biothreat agents that could be encountered during suspected bioterror or suspicious powder responses.

Apr 25, 2017

Service Life Extension of SCBA Cylinders to Pay Off for Local Fire Departments

Good news for first responders out of the federal agency that develops and enforces federal hazmat transportation and pipeline safety regulations.

Apr 03, 2017

AskRail Version 3.0 Is Now Available

During the last emergency rail response you were on, did you have all of the information you needed to safely and effectively do your job? What would you say if there was a tool that will help during major rail incidents?

Mar 31, 2017

IAFC Hazmat Committee Member Remembered

Deputy Chief Dr. Kristina ‘Krissy’ Kreutzer, a friend and a member of the IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee, passed away on March 10 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Feb 14, 2017

Hazmat Initiatives at the IAFC: Program Update and Learning Opportunities

Here’s what’s been happening at the IAFC in the Hazmat Center.

Jul 30, 2016

Taking the Lead: Preparing Responders for New Types of Hazmat Incidents

The transportation of crude oil has grabbed national headlines as the nation experiences an energy-production boom. States such as North ...

Jul 30, 2016

Hazmat Training: Electronic Learning Community

Approximately 80% of fire-protection services within the United States are composed of volunteers or are combination departments. These departments’ members ...

Jul 30, 2016

Specialized Services: Rapidly Changing Hazmat Response

The world of emergency response is ever evolving. A few short decades ago, the thought that the fire service would ...

Jul 30, 2016

C-Kit Continues to Be an Important Tool in Hazmat Response

The IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee is urging responders to educate themselves on the Chlorine Institute C-Kit and the benefits if ...

Jul 30, 2016

Near-Miss Reporting: Stop, Look and Listen; This Is a Hazmat Call

Recognizing that you``re operating on the scene of a hazardous materials emergency is key to keeping responders safe during operations ...

Jul 30, 2016

Teaming Up for Hazmat Rail Response

Thousands of shipments of hazardous materials traverse the United States every day, travelling via one of the nation’s rail carriers. ...

Jul 30, 2016

The IAFC at 140: Helping Responders Help Responders

One of the benefits of any association is taking the lessons learned from any specific knowledge base or interest group ...

Jul 29, 2016

Spread the 811 Word: A Letter from the IAFC President and PHMSA

Dear IAFC Member, The IAFC and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) ask the nations fire service leaders ...

Jul 14, 2016

Lame Duck or Productive Duck?

As 2014 starts winding down and winter is fast approaching, Congress is increasing its workload. Immediately after the mid-term elections, ...

Jun 23, 2016

Company Officer Leadership - Applied Research and Hazmat Issues

Applied research is a form of systematic inquiry involving the practical application of science; it refers to the scientific study and research that seeks to solve practical problems. Those of us that are enrolled in or have graduated from the ...

Jun 23, 2016

A Potential Game Changer for the Next Call

The pipeline incident may have happened more than six years ago, but it’s a vivid memory that hasn’t faded for ...

Jun 23, 2016

How Research Changes Response

Let’s go back to the early 1980s: the fire service was just starting to respond to a new emergency response, ...

Jun 23, 2016

Planning for a Chemical Emergency

In December 1984, a gas that’s used in the production of insecticide was accidentally and unknowingly released upon the public. ...

May 19, 2016

Company Officer Leadership: Applied Research and Hazmat Issues

Applied research is a form of systematic inquiry involving the practical application of science; it refers to the scientific study ...

Feb 12, 2016

IAFC Foundation and Emergent BioSolutions Partner to Support Hazmat Training for First Responders

Fairfax, Va. - The International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation (IAFCF) has received a $10,000 grant from Emergent BioSolutions to ...

Oct 07, 2015

IAFC to Develop Rail Safety Program Thanks to ALERT Grant

Fairfax, Va. - With support from a new $2.6 million federal grant, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will ...

Aug 17, 2015

New Rules for High-Hazard Flammable Trains

On May 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued final rulemaking that addresses the ongoing hazards and risks associated ...

Jun 30, 2015

Preplanning for All Hazards

NFPA 1620, Standard for Pre-Incident Planning, sets guidelines to develop preplans for specific locations. As written, nothing limits 1620 to ...

Mar 20, 2015

IAFC President: First Responders Must Be Prepared for Chemical Weapons Threat

Fairfax, Va. Fire Chief G. Keith Bryant, IAFC president and chairman of the board, testified before a U.S. House ...

Mar 16, 2015

Rail Transportation of Hazardous Materials

The fire service continues to experience concerns related to the various hazards that face our communities; responders face ...

May 15, 2014

IAFC: Education Through Planning and Training in Enhancing Crude Oil Shipment Safety

The IAFC today responded to the U.S. Department of Transportation's May 7 Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order requiring all railroads operating trains ...

Apr 23, 2014

IAFC Member Offers NTSB Ideas to Plan for the Safe Rail Transport of Crude Oil and Ethanol

Fairfax, Va. - Assistant Chief Rick Edinger, vice chair of the IAFC's Hazardous Materials Committee, today testified at the National ...

Jul 21, 2013

PHMSA Emergency Recall: Propane Tanks

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued an emergency recall order of 55,000 propane tanks manufactured by ...

Nov 02, 2012

Special Bulletin: Consumer Gasoline Transportation and Storage Safety

Storing fuel for generators and power tools can be extremely dangerous without some precautions. While this is true any day, ...

Sep 14, 2012

IAFC, Feds and States Partner to Support Rural Hazmat Response

The IAFC, in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and state-based agencies, is taking action to ensure rural fire ...