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Mini-Drills

The IAFF developed a student-centered, interactive learning methods to improve first responder safety, it's an innovative way to communicate the IAFF's safety message that complements face-to-face instruction by peer trainers.
Each drill consists of:
   ▪Facilitator guide
   ▪Photograph(s) or diagram(s) from an actual incident
   ▪Incident information for each stage of the response process
   ▪Resource documents (e.g., Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the materials
    involved in a product release)

The length of these drills will vary by the incident and student involvement; they are intended to last 1 to 2 hours
.  Click the fire symbol for a brief description of each drill.
This drill starts with a 911 call that is received at 1100 hours reporting a dumpster fire in an apartment complex. The normal assignment is alerted.  As the first unit approaches the scene, they confirm a dumpster, well-involved with a heavy smoke condition at the end of an outside parking area.

The fourth installment of the IAFF’s mini-drills: Response to a Hazardous Materials Incident has been published. Download this drill to work through the incident.

This drill is a call received for a medical emergency at a small university. Upon arrival, the ambulance company is told several students were cleaning a bathroom in a dormitory with a variety of cleaning agents and became ill.

The entire suite (12 students) shares the bathroom. Some of the students are outside of the building and some are still in the dormitory. Shortly after beginning their clean up, several students began to experience difficulty breathing as well as eye and skin irritation.

The level of discomfort became so bad that all students left the bathroom area and many left the building. It was then that the 911 call was made. 

The IAFF has released the fifth in its series of mini-drills, Response to an Overturned Tanker. The scenario begins at approximately 1800 hours, on a summer evening; a cargo tank truck overturns as it entered the ramp of an interstate highway. In the past, numerous vehicle rollover incidents have occurred on this westbound entrance ramp. First-arriving units find that the tanker has rolled over 180 degrees, coming to rest upside down. The overturned tanker does not appear to be leaking.

Individuals taking this drill will need to demonstrate the necessary actions to identify the hazardous material(s) involved, conduct a hazard and risk analysis and identify the incident priorities. Use local jurisdictional standard operating procedures/guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) to establish an incident management system, based upon the National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles.

The IAFF has released the sixth in its series of mini-drills, entitled Response to a Hazardous Materials Incident - Structural Fire - Residential.  

At approximately 0300 hours, an alarm is sounded for a structural fire in a residential area. The normal assignment for this type of incident is dispatched. The first unit to arrive on the scene reports a 2-story double occupancy of ordinary construction, with heavy smoke and fire.

Individuals participating in this drill will demonstrate the necessary actions to identify the hazardous material(s) involved, conduct a hazard and risk analysis, and identify the incident priorities. They will use local jurisdictional standard operating  procedures/guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) to establish an incident management system, based upon the National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles.

Individuals taking this drill will need to demonstrate the necessary actions to identify the hazardous material(s) involved, conduct a hazard and risk analysis and identify the incident priorities. Use local jurisdictional standard operating procedures/guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) to establish an incident management system, based upon the National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles.

This training program is for first responders who play a vital role in outbreak response. It is crucial that rank and file fire fighters learn basic information about the pandemic flu to protect themselves, their families, their coworkers and their communities.

This program provides hands-on activities and discussion questions to teach first responders to prepare for a major emergency, such as a pandemic flu outbreak or an environmental disaster. 

 
References Click on the following links to download copies of :

2008 Department of Transportation (DOT) : Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2008) was developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by fire fighters, police and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material.

2006 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) : Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG)

The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers and occupational health professionals. The information found in the NPG should help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards.

 

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