PPE, Equipment and Training

Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) for Anchorage Hazmat Team members includes for Level A, Kapplar Responder and Tychem TK Commander EX and for Level B, Kapplar Hooded Coveralls. Respiratory Protection is provided by Draeger SCBA with 60 min bottles.

Air monitoring capabilities include a Hazmat ID infrared spectrometry unit, Ahura first Defender, LTX 312,412 multi-gas monitors, Manning Systems portable detectors for Chlorine and Ammonia, Mini RAE PPM and PPB PIDs, Multi-Rae, Ludlum and Victoreen radiation survey meters, QuantRad Ranger radionuclide identification, and Travel IR. Terrorist

Agent ID monitoring instruments include Chemical Agent Monitor (CAM), APD 2000, RAID-M, M-8 papers, M-9 badges and 256A Kits.

Training is conducted in house and includes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 40-h technician program. Annual training involves 60-75 h. Ten members of the hazmat team have completed the National Fire Academy Chemistry of Hazardous Materials class and six have completed the Hazmat ALS course. Training and joint exercises are periodically conducted with the U.S. Coast Guard and Pacific Strike Team out of San Francisco. The Anchorage hazmat team also works closely with the National Guard Civil Support Team stationed in Anchorage.

Reference Resources

Research Resources include computer-based programs and hard copy reference books. Computer Software Programs are CAMEO, Chem Knowledge, Micromedex, PEAC-WMD, ERG, NIOSH Pocket Guide, NFPA Hazmat Quick Guide, United States Coast Guard CHIS Manual, and Emergency Handling of Hazardous Materials in Surface Transportation. Hard Copy Reference Books include ACGIH Guide of Occupational Exposures, CFR 49, Chem-Bio Handbook, CHRIS (Coast Guard Manual), Emergency Action Guides, Emergency Care for Hazardous Materials Exposure, Emergency Handling of Hazardous Materials, Emergency Response Guide Book, Fire Protection Guide to Hazardous Materials, Guide to Selection of Chemical Agent and Toxic Industrial Materials, Detection Equipment for Emergency Responders, Guidelines for Selection of Chemical Protective Clothing, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Hazardous Materials Desk Reference, Hazardous Materials Response Handbook, Hazmat Field Guide, Medical Management of Chemical Casualties, Medical Management of Biological Casualties, Merck Index, NIOSH Pocket Guide, Quick Action Guide to Chemical Clothing, and SAX's Dangerous Properties.

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