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IN PHOTOS: Ebola decontamination in Europe and Africa

IN PHOTOS: Ebola decontamination in Europe and Africa | Team Decon | Scoop.it
A glimpse of how Ebola virus decontamination is handled in Europe and in Africa.
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Some serious decon going on here!

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Carbon monoxide forces evacuation of hockey rink

Carbon monoxide forces evacuation of hockey rink | Team Decon | Scoop.it
A high level of carbon monoxide forced the evacuation of a Saskatoon hockey arena Tuesday night.
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One taken to hospital after explosion in downtown Winston-Salem lab

One taken to hospital after explosion in downtown Winston-Salem lab | Team Decon | Scoop.it
One person was injured in a small chemical explosion that shut down streets around city hall for several hours Monday morning.
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Decon corridor set up right on downtown street

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Noxious odor at Lihue Walmart sends nine people to hospital

Noxious odor at Lihue Walmart sends nine people to hospital | Team Decon | Scoop.it
Complaints of a noxious odor at the Lihue Walmart resulted in a full evacuation of the store Sunday morning.
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HAZMAT in Hawaii!

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Tips for Understanding & Using Your Gas-Detection Equipment | Firefighter Nation

Tips for Understanding & Using Your Gas-Detection Equipment | Firefighter Nation | Team Decon | Scoop.it
There are many reasons we may be called upon monitor air quality, as such, we must be able to use our equipment efficiently. Here, Dr. Chris Weber addresses the value of understanding the science of gas detection and the limitations of our equipment, and offers tips for using your equipment most effectively.
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Another excellent article by Dr. Chris Weber

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Six sent to hospital, one with chemical burns

Six sent to hospital, one with chemical burns | Team Decon | Scoop.it
NEWINGTON — Six people at Tradebe Treatment and Recycling Northeast were transported by ambulances to the hospital Monday morning after being exposed to the “corrosive” chemical thionyl chloride, said Fire Chief Andy Head.
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Exposure to Thionyl Chloride (UN 1836) in New Hampshire prompts the decontamination of one employee and six total transported to the hospital

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Hazardous cargo rolling through Bend

Hazardous cargo rolling through Bend | Team Decon | Scoop.it
Trains travel each day through the center of Bend, along a track that bisects the city. While drivers wait at rail crossings, they can see passing tank cars marked as flammable, explosive or poisonous. Often, it’s unclear what exactly the train is carrying. It turns out that local first responders
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A concern in Bend, Ore. regarding the volume of hazardous materials transported through the region by railroad

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Water and Magnesium Fires: Developing an Attack Plan

Water and Magnesium Fires: Developing an Attack Plan | Team Decon | Scoop.it
Eric James explains the changes that fire departments need to consider when responding to magnesium fires.
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Man treated after accidentally poisoning himself

Man treated after accidentally poisoning himself | Team Decon | Scoop.it
A MAN who accidentally poisoned himself while spraying cattle was treated in an emergency decontamination tent today outside Byron Bay Hospital.
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Jailhouse Wine Is Not as Delicious as It Sounds, Could Be Deadly - Dec 13, 2013

Jailhouse Wine Is Not as Delicious as It Sounds, Could Be Deadly - Dec 13, 2013 | Team Decon | Scoop.it
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While foodborne botulism is not an external contamination concern, here is an interesting case in which 8 prison inmates were transported for signs/symptoms of botulism poisoning

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Hazmat spill in Monrovia quarantines nearly 200 people, businesses evacuated

Hazmat spill in Monrovia quarantines nearly 200 people, businesses evacuated | Team Decon | Scoop.it
MONROVIA >> Exposure to a gas created by the mixture of three unknown chemicals led to the quarantine of nearly 200 people from two industrial businesses on Railroad Avenue.Firefighters from across the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles C...

Via Va. Assoc. of Hazmat Response Specialists
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Analysis: Tech firms, medical research, get helium reprieve in U.S.

Analysis: Tech firms, medical research, get helium reprieve in U.S. | Team Decon | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Producers of high-tech products from MRI scanners to semiconductors are breathing a sigh of relief after U.S.
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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade reminded me of the looming U.S. shortage of helium

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Chemical Burn Care: A Review of Best Practices

Chemical Burn Care: A Review of Best Practices | Team Decon | Scoop.it
Great risk and potential for injury is present when dealing with chemical burns, for patients and providers
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Taunton firefighters lead training in use of mass decontamination units

Taunton firefighters lead training in use of mass decontamination units | Team Decon | Scoop.it
TAUNTON — Mass decontamination units have been issued to some local fire departments to support the Bay State’s homeland security apparatus. On Saturday, at its Oakland Station, Taunton Fire Department held a training exercise, led by training officer Capt. David Santos.
“The way that this whole system was designed is that one of these goes to every community with a hospital,” said Taunton Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw. “One per hospital. The idea is to protect the
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30 kids, 1 teacher decontaminated during hazmat incident at JeffCo Open School; 7 taken to hospital

30 kids, 1 teacher decontaminated during hazmat incident at JeffCo Open School; 7 taken to hospital | Team Decon | Scoop.it
A hazardous materials incident has caused the evacuation of Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood on Monday afternoon.
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Borough practices hazmat response during statewide drills

Borough practices hazmat response during statewide drills | Team Decon | Scoop.it
WASILLA — There were a lot of superlatives used when describing the Alaska Shield series of disaster drills held across the state this past weekend.
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Man dies, 27 others hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at NY mall

Man dies, 27 others hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at NY mall | Team Decon | Scoop.it
One man has died and four others have been hospitalized as the result of a carbon monoxide leak at a Long Island mall. 
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An unfortunate fatality from carbon monoxide (UN#1016) in a NY shopping mall. Several first responders were exposed and treated.

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Ladders Crews on the Hazmat Scene | Firefighter Nation

Ladders Crews on the Hazmat Scene | Firefighter Nation | Team Decon | Scoop.it
Randy Frassetto covers how ladder companies can improve the safety and efficiency of a fuel tanker off-loading operation (hazmat incident).
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Hazmat crew called out to OSP traffic stop

Hazmat crew called out to OSP traffic stop | Team Decon | Scoop.it
A traffic stop involving potentially hazardous materials closed Highway 97 one mile north of Midland Wednesday morning.
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HazMat specialists set to roll out decontamination protocol to help civilians in a disaster

HazMat specialists set to roll out decontamination protocol to help civilians in a disaster | Team Decon | Scoop.it
Canadian researchers have developed a new protocol for first responders to help civilians in the critical moments after a mass-casualty chemical, biological or radiological incident.
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A "Decon Doll" action figure? I need to find out where I can get those! Road trip to Canada anyone?

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Hazmat spill in Monrovia quarantines nearly 200 people, businesses evacuated

Hazmat spill in Monrovia quarantines nearly 200 people, businesses evacuated | Team Decon | Scoop.it
MONROVIA >> Exposure to a gas created by the mixture of three unknown chemicals led to the quarantine of nearly 200 people from two industrial businesses on Railroad Avenue.Firefighters from across the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles C...
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193 patients readied for decon;  ultimately it was determined decon wasn't required as the exposure was to fumes.  50 patients treated for respiratory and GI symptoms; another 9 transported to local hospitals.  Quite the HAZMAT MCI - is your agency ready to manage this incident?

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4 officers taken to hospital after NW ‘chemical suicide’

4 officers taken to hospital after NW ‘chemical suicide’ | Team Decon | Scoop.it
FOUR police officers in G District were taken to hospital following a ‘chemical suicide’ in the North West in 2011, the Sentinel can reveal.
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No first responder should risk exposure in a chemical suicide body recovery mission.  This incident serves as a reminder to reach out to law enforcement partners and educate them on the dangers of chemical suicide! 

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