1st Edition

Applied Chemistry and Physics

By Robert A. Burke Copyright 2020
    346 Pages 161 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Written by a hazardous materials consultant with over 40 years of experience in emergency services, the five-volume Hazmatology: The Science of Hazardous Materials suggests a new approach dealing with the most common aspects of hazardous materials, containers, and the affected environment. It focuses on innovations in decontamination, monitoring instruments, and personal protective equipment in a scientific way, utilizing common sense, and takes a risk-benefit approach to hazardous material response. This set provides the reader with a hazardous materials "Tool Box" and a guide for learning which tools to use under what circumstances.

    Dealing with hazardous materials incidents cannot be accomplished effectively and safely without knowing the effects these materials have. Volume Three, Applied Chemistry and Physics, is not about teaching chemistry and physics. It is about presenting these topics at the level that emergency responders will understand so they can apply the concepts using a risk management system.


    • Uses a scientific approach utilizing analysis of previous incidents
    • Offers a risk-benefit approach based upon science and history
    • Provides understanding tools for your Hazmat Tool Box
    • Simplifies physical and chemical characteristics
    • Utilizes chemistry and physics to identify hazards to responders

    1. Common Sense Approach. 2. Chemicals We Should Know About. 3. Exotic Chemicals. 4. Toxicology. 5. Explosives. 6. Combustion Analysis. 7. Common Chemical Fact Sheets.


    Mr. Robert A. Burke is an Author, Instructor, Contributing Editor Firehouse Magazine, and Columnist Firehouse.Com, National Fire Academy Adjunct Faculty. He is a retired Fire Marshal from the University of Maryland, and Community College of Baltimore County Adjunct Faculty Retired, member NFPA 45 Technical Committee for Laboratories Using Chemicals Retired. Mr. Burke has in excess of 30 years of experience at all levels of the fire and emergency services, including fire service training at the local, state, and national levels. He has command experience as chief officer and company officer with both career and volunteer departments and operational experience in both urban and rural environments. His experience also includes Hazmat, Firefighting, Fire Prevention, Fire Investigation, Public Education, Course Development, and Rescue.