2017 Workshops

WORKSHOP #1 – 1:00 PM Friday

1A – Haz Mat Response to Unusual Odors (Hawley)
Teams respond to reports of odors all the time, and many of these calls can be challenging. This session focuses on how to determine the cause of the common odors, the unusual odors, and the weird odors. There are true sick buildings and there are buildings with a chemical problem, one can be easily solved by a response team, the other requires more substantial work. This session will cover examples of both and provide strategies and case studies to handle these types of situations. (90 minutes)
1B – Natural Gas Emergencies (Zientek)
Natural gas incidents continue to injure citizens and firefighters across the nation.  This presentation will discuss how Hazardous Materials crews can safely monitor, set hot zone, possibly mitigate, and /or assist the local gas company by working together.  Presented by a member whose organization has a unique and positive relationship with the local gas company. (90 minutes)
1C – MC-307 and DOT-407 Cargo Tank Emergency Response – Part 1 (Wolfe)
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 and DOT-407 Cargo Tanks as an example, there are many lessons that can be learned that are applicable to this specification cargo tanks, as well as others. This workshop 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 It’s Made”, you will 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 the location of specification information regarding cargo tanks. Each cargo tank has unique qualities that must be known 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 enabling better decision-making at cargo tank incidents. The presentation will conclude with a hands-on review of a 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. (90 minutes)
1D – Haz Mat Safety Officer (Bevelacqua, Rudner & Emery)
The Haz Mat Safety Officer (HMSO) is a critical position that is involved in every aspect of an incident including decon, PPE, monitoring, setting control zones, communications, tactical decisions and developing the Incident Action Plan. The HMSO works under the Incident Safety Officer and needs to know all the competencies of a Technician, plus all the Mission Specific competencies and Haz Mat Officer competencies. You will learn the job requirements of the Haz Mat Team Safety Officer – how to evaluate an incident for safety using risk-based response concepts, identify potential safety concerns, how to develop a site safety plan based on an IAP, conduct safety briefings, enforce the safety plan, monitor actions in controlled zones and identify high-risk conditions. Learn when to halt unsafe operations and what conditions warrant immediate intervention to prevent injury to responders. Discussions will center around how the HMSO organizes responsibilities and assists the Incident Commander. (90 minutes)
1E – Tank Car Nomenclature and Railroad Response Assets – Part 1 (Ippolito)
This workshop will provide a review of tank car nomenclature including the DOT117 and the phase out of DOT111s in flammable liquid service. The workshop will include hands-on activities with the valves, fittings and housing most common to tank cars in service, as well as demonstrations of railroad emergency response assets. Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. (90 minutes)
1F – Haz Mat IQ Above/Below – Part 1 (Sharp & Lewis)
The HazMatIQ Above The Line/Below The Line System is a patented program developed by experienced hazardous materials responders, taught in a straight-forward, easy-to-understand methodology. Using simplified flow charts, personnel can safely and efficiently respond to any known or unknown chemical or mixture. 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. Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. (90 minutes)

WORKSHOP #2 – 3:00 PM Friday

2A – Breaking Bad and Safety Through Leadership (Silverman & Cullen)
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 must start with us.  We must believe we can make a difference and we must change our behaviors. We need to demonstrate leadership through safety. This interactive workshop will challenge hazardous material responders to demonstrate leadership through safety and break the bad behaviors that lead to injuries. (90 minutes)
2B – Pipeline Safety and Response (Barker)
This session provides information and awareness on pipelines in our communities.  This includes pipeline safety awareness, pipeline industry facts, how to recognize and respond to a pipeline release, pipeline safety measures, requirements of the one call law, call 811 before you dig, public awareness outreach to emergency responders and other stakeholders. (90 minutes)
2C – MC-307 and DOT-407 Cargo Tank Emergency Response – Part 2 (Wolfe)
Part 2 of a 2-part workshop. (90 minutes)
2D – Grounding and Bonding (Rudner)
Learn the Whats, Whys and Hows of Grounding and Bonding. The program will follow the recommendations as set by the NFPA 472 standards and discuss the misunderstanding of what ground resistance is and why 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 requires student participation. (90 minutes)
2E – Tank Car Nomenclature and Railroad Response Assets – Part 2 (Ippolito)
Part 2 of a 2-part workshop. (90 minutes)
2F – Haz Mat IQ – Part 2 (Sharp & Lewis)
Part 2 of a 2-part workshop. (90 minutes)

WORKSHOP #3 – 8:00 AM Saturday

3A – Haz Mat Officer Competency Lab – Part 1 (Socks & Emery)
Experience the closest thing to working a haz mat incident without spilling a chemical. Responders are challenged with realistic scenarios presented using state-of-the-art simulation software and real-time atmospheric readings via wireless monitors. Develop an effective and safe Incident Action Plan (IAP) and use that IAP to work through an incident following HAZWOPER and NFPA 472 competencies. The Incident Command staff operates in a separate room while “hot zone” entries are made in an adjoining room. Each room offers a different realistic view of the incident using state-of-the-art CGI simulations. Entry team members can see different views based on their movements around the “hot zone”. Atmospheric readings are sent to the entry team using wireless monitors that correspond to their movements. Communications by the entry team to the Haz Mat Team Branch Officer and reported to the IC drives the decision process. Each scenario is completed with a brief hot wash. The scenarios get progressively more challenging and everyone has an opportunity to participate in various roles. This workshop is ideal for both current and future Hazardous Materials Branch Officers, as well as aspiring Incident Commanders, who would like to learn how to develop an effective IAP and hone their command and control skills by experiencing a complete “hands-on” incident in the classroom before being thrown into the mix at an actual incident. Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. You must attend both parts. (90 minutes)
3B – Haz Mat by the Numbers (Hawley)
Have you ever wondered what the term vapor pressure means? In your Haz Mat technician class, you may have written down the definition and discussed it, but were you taught how to apply this term? This session focuses on vapor pressure, along with many other “terms” that relate to chemical and physical properties. It is critical to understand not only what the words mean, but more importantly how they impact your health and safety. By truly understanding some simple terms, responders can make PPE decisions, isolation and evacuation decisions and determine the severity of the event. (90 minutes)
3C – Training the New Haz Mat Member (Hayes)
What happens when a new member joins the hazmat team? Once the initial training is done and they get assigned to the team, what next? In this session, we will discuss training for the new member. We will look at ways to welcome them to the team and then discuss types of phase training for the new member. We will look at other departments’ training also. Attendees will leave this workshop with the knowledge of new training ideals for their hazmat team members. (90 minutes)
3D – CST 101: Working With the Civil Support Team (Young)
Responding to industrial incidents is one thing, but responding to intentional acts involving an unknown hazard provides extra challenges. The 5th Civil Support Team (5th CST) is a state asset that can help you clear a scene safely and efficiently. It is more than a team of technicians, mobile laboratory and communications suite that are all designed to support civil authorities at the direction of the Governor. This is an essential asset at domestic incident sites and/or during the intentional or unintentional release of and natural or man-made disasters in the United States that result, or could result, in the catastrophic loss of life or property. The CST can help identify agents/substances, assess current and projected consequences, advise on response measures, and assist with requests for additional support. This presentation will explain how and when to request the 5th CST, as well as how they will work with you to respond to, or perhaps even to prevent terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. (90 minutes)
3E – Hazardous Materials Program Management – Part 1 (Schnepp)
People are led and things are managed! Ever thought about the difference between the two and when to be a manger 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 90 minutes 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 a series of individual and small group exercises. Lots of tips and perspectives that will help you be successful! Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. (90 minutes)
3F – Risk-Based Response (Matthew)
NFPA 472 supports the utilization of “Risk-Based Response” process where decisions are made based upon facts, science and circumstances of an incident.  The four components of risk are incorporated into the risk-based response process and then applied to simulated and actual incidents referencing smart practices. The latest research from the National Safety Culture Change Initiative (NSCCI) is incorporated into this presentation. (90 minutes)

WORKSHOP #4 – 10:00 AM Saturday 

4A – Haz Mat Officer Competency Lab – Part 2 (Socks & Emery)
Part 2 of a 2-part workshop. You must attend both parts. (90 minutes)
4B – Going Inside the Fence Line (Cullen & Silverman)
In August 2013, Executive Order (EO) 13650 was issued after an incident of national significance at an industrial facility in Texas.  The overarching goal was improving chemical facility safety and security. So, just how much do you know about what goes on inside the fence line of your local industry? Are you able to size up an industrial facility just like you would a building, a tanker truck or a railcar? This workshop provides tips for assessing the emergency response needs of chemical and pharmaceutical facilities; strategies and tactics for responding to emergencies; models for establishing lasting partnerships between local responders and facilities; and ideas on where we need to go in the future. (90 minutes)
4C – The Elements of Hazard Assessment: What Can I Do if I Know Nothing About the Product? (Byrnes)
Responders typically have little or no information to begin a Hazmat response. This course gives the responder the tools to conduct a basic hazard assessment and therefor make basic initial tactical decisions based on limited information and the application of science and chemistry to the circumstances of the response. Using the product’s observable physical state and properties, the probability of the chemical family based on the periodic table and the relationship of those properties with the current ambient conditions, make safe and reasonable decisions with this limited information. This class refreshes the responder on how to use the periodic table and provides the skills to use it as a hazard assessment tool. (90 minutes)
4D – Haz Mat 101 Essentials (Bevelacqua)
In this workshop, participants will use chemical and physical properties, chemical nomenclature and reference materials to devise an action plan analysis of a Hazardous Materials/WMD event. We will review basic monitoring principles as they are applied to chemical and physical properties. (90 minutes)
4E – Hazardous Materials Program Management – Part 2 (Schnepp)
Part 2 of a 2-part workshop. (90 minutes)
4F –DeconIQ (Sharp)
This innovative workshop will provide responders with the knowledge and skills required to conduct Electrostatic Decontamination Tactics (EDT). EDT uses an electrostatic sprayer to add an electric charge to the decon solution. The charged decon droplets will envelop and adhere to the target. The result is the ability to perform a more effective decon, for a wide range of incidents, with significantly less decon set up. DeconIQ will include interactive lecture supported by videos, case studies, and a demonstration of electrostatic sprayers. Topics include the use and limitations of current wet and dry decon techniques, operation of electrostatic and air-assisted electrostatic sprayers, electrostatic decon tactics and set up, use and limitations of EDT, decon solution selection for EDT, special decon considerations and lessons learned from the Ebola crisis. (90 minutes)

WORKSHOP #5 – 12:30 PM Saturday

5A – Jack Rabbit Chlorine Trials: Results and Observations (Byrnes & Matthew)
Since 2010, the DHS has conducted 13 large-scale releases from 1 to 20 tons of chlorine to determine the atmospheric implications of catastrophic releases of compressed liquefied gasses. The Emergency Response community engaged in the trials in 2015 and 2016 to determine objectives specific to responders; ERG validity; characterizing upwind conditions; Effect on urban surfaces; emergency response tactical alternatives; effect on combustion engines; use of detection methods in high concentrations; sheltering in place (vehicles and buildings); capturing video of the plume from altitude; and more. This workshop provides an overview of the results and observations from the Jack Rabbit SME Team on the impact on first responders, fire, law enforcement and haz mat teams using original photos and video from the releases. (120 minutes)
5B – Fire Smoke: Myths, Perceptions and Misunderstandings – Part 1 (Schnepp & Hawley)
This session will provide firefighters, EMS providers and hazmat responders with the information needed to understand the unique health effects caused by smoke exposures. The class will discuss basic combustion chemistry, the hazards of fire smoke and the lethal combination of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) related to smoke inhalation.  The discussion will also highlight the critical need for prompt recognition and treatment of acute cyanide poisoning, as well as discuss the cyanide antidotes currently available and their limitations. The class will include discussion on detection and monitoring at the fire scene as well as a discussion of the current trends in overhaul procedures related to respiratory protection and monitoring. Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. (120 minutes)
5C – Bread and Butter Hazmat Exercises (Leonard)
With ever increasing budget tightening, response leaders and training officers are often challenged with how to conduct exercises to validate capabilities.  The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides a workable model for us to develop an effective exercise program not only for our Teams, but also for our response partners.  This presentation will walk participants thru the model and demonstrate how to take our bread and butter operations from a simple discussion-based exercise thru full-scale exercises and all using resources available to any jurisdiction. (120 minutes)
5D – Tactical Skull Sessions: Duty Calls (Bevelacqua & Rudner)
Duty Calls has taken education into the gaming arena. It is a practical approach toward knowledge-based skills. The presentation is built around the idea of immersing the student into the context of an incident. By doing such, you have given the student a platform by which they can investigate new techniques, hone old ideas and expand their knowledge base. The concept is simple, teaching response options through a contextual application i.e. scenario and discussion will bring forth new ideas and reinforce old skills. Come join us and we will show you how to put excitement back into training. (120 minutes)
5E – The Challenging Threesome; Chlorine, Propane & Ammonia (Socks)
This classroom presentation will provide a better understanding of the behavior, harm, and toxicity of anhydrous ammonia, chlorine, and propane. Container profile and handling recommendations will be discussed along with several case studies leading to the importance of understanding these three top liquefied gases. (120 minutes)
5F – PropaneIQ: DOT Cylinders and ASME Tanks – Part 1 (Sharp & Lewis)
Propane emergencies remain one of the most common and most deadly, hazmat incidents responders face. To date, over 25 responders have been killed at propane emergencies. 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 and ASME tanks. Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. (120 minutes)

WORKSHOP #6 – 3:00 PM Saturday

6A – Briefing the Boss (Matthew)
This workshop provides smart practices in developing and presenting Risk-Based Response recommendations to decision makers at/WMD events. Utilizing lessons learned from actual events, experience proves that communication is critical in achieving positive outcomes. Special focus will target how to present technical information obtained from sophisticated detection technologies in plain terms so all involved parties come to the same conclusion. (90 minutes)
6B – Fire Smoke: Myths, Perceptions and Misunderstandings Part 2 (Schnepp & Hawley)
Part 2 of a 2-part workshop. (90 minutes)
6C – Derailment Incident Management (Leonard)
On November 29, 2012, seven tank cars derailed into a navigable waterway near Paulsboro, New Jersey. This case study discuses some of the complex issues faced by the Unified Command, including long-term operations, evacuations, transportation system recovery, maritime salvage, stakeholder engagement, and training/recertification issues. (90 minutes)
6D – Fuel Spills: What Do We Do Now? (Hayes)
When you respond to a fuel spill, does your team know what to do and if it needs to be reported? We will discuss how to handle a fuel spill from patching and plugging to product transfer. We will also discuss what the reportable quantities are for different types of fuel.  We will look at how to mitigate the incident and who we may need to make notification to. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of fuel spill emergencies. (90 minutes)
6E – Handheld Mass Spectrometry for Downrange Chemical and Explosives Detection (Norman)
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. (90 minutes)
6F – PropaneIQ Cylinders: DOT Tanks (Sharp & Lewis)
Propane emergencies remain one of the most common and most deadly, hazmat incidents responders face. To date, over 25 responders have been killed at propane emergencies. 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. Part 1 topics include propane behavior and mitigation options for DOT cylinders. Part 2 of a 2-part workshop. You must attend both parts. (90 minutes)