1st Edition

Hazmat Team Spotlight

By Robert A. Burke Copyright 2020
    404 Pages 159 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    Volume Five, Hazmat Team Spotlight, covers hazardous materials teams across the United States. Levels of response vary between urban and rural areas, as do resources. This volume covers the history, vehicles, types of response, equipment, and resources, as well as procedures and innovations across different teams nationwide.


    • Presents geographical and historical background of departments and hazmat teams
    • Includes department organization and resources
    • Provides an exploration of selected, specific department case studies nationwide
    • Outlines basic operation procedures
    • Highlights resources, training, and hazmat exposures, both transportation and fixed

    1. Establishment History. 2. Hazmat Response Vehicles. 3. Response Teams. 4. Preferred Equipment and Resources. 5. Response Procedures. 6. Target Hazards. 7. Innovations. 8. Major Response Incidents.


    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.