By Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Water Supply Officer Bruce Theden: “The St. Mary’s County Hazardous Materials Response Team (Hazmat 18) visited Bay District VFD to show our members the latest equipment and capabilities they have to mitigate a hazardous materials incident. TJ Faunce and Brendan Abell, Chief 18 and Assistant Chief respectively, provided guidance and instruction while our members got hands-on experience setting up the decontamination tent and using the materials. Our firefighters learned everything from how to mitigate a minimum exposure incident to a full-blown mass casualty decontamination event. The first step was to deploy the inflatable shower tent used in the cleaning process. They learned how to fully decontaminate a HazMat worker using various wipes, three-component decontamination solution in sprayers, a water shower and more. Two firefighters suited up in HazMat suits and demonstrated the decon process from beginning to end. BDVFD firefighters learned by doing the work, supervised by the HazMat team. Fire Captain Eddie Tatum brought a crew from Naval District Washington Fire Department (NDWFD) to compare and contrast the equipment that they would bring with HazMat 13. Altogether, this was an excellent drill. Many thanks to HazMat 18 leaders TJ Faunce and Brendan Abell […]
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