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1st Edition

Common Sense Emergency Response

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ISBN 9781138316782
July 1, 2020 Forthcoming by CRC Press
384 Pages - 164 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Options for stabilization can very widely depending on the scope and size of the incident and the hazards involved. Volume Four, Common Sense Emergency Response, covers this process and includes science and risk analysis and the part it plays in a successful outcome of the stabilization portion of the response.


  • Offers a risk-benefit approach based upon science and history
  • Provides an exploration of current research
  • Outlines a systematic approach based on science and risk management
  • Includes hazmat case studies
  • Focuses on common sense utilization of hazmat tool box

Table of Contents

1. Is it a Hazardous Material? 2. Is the Hazardous Material in a Container? 3. Is the Hazardous Material Outside the Container? 4. What is the Physical State of the Hazardous Material? 5. Who or What Is in Harm's Way? 6. Risk Analysis. 7. Protection from Hazards. 8. Systematic Elimination of the Hazard.

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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.