Butters, Timothy
April 2006
Fire Chief;Apr2006, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p36
Trade Publication
The article discusses changes in how firefighters respond to hazardous material (hazmat) spills, gas leaks, truck rollovers and other emergencies in the United States since the 1950s. The hazmat incident in Waverly, Tennessee in which the fire chief and firefighters were killed pushed the National Fire Protection Association to produce a training film educating firefighters about the behavior of liquefied flammable gases. Improvements in hazmat emergency response started in the 1980s and 1990s. The Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents was established.


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