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, 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.
Volume One, Chronicles of Incidents and Response, takes an in-depth look at the history of hazardous materials response, points out lessons learned from these incidents, and discusses the impact on our response today. This volume aims to be the most comprehensive study of hazardous materials history ever presented in a single volume.
- Uses a scientific approach utilizing analysis of previous incidents
- Offers a risk-benefit approach based upon science and history
- Provides an exploration of components of historic incidents
- Highlights lessons learned from responders who made the ultimate sacrifice
- Shows incident trends based upon technology and economics of the time
Table of Contents
1. In the Beginning. 2. Organized Response. 3. Incidents That Changed Hazmat Response. 4. Lessons Learned.
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.