Many managers rely on gut instinct to make important decisions, which often leads to poor results. On the contrary, when managers insist on incorporating logic and evidence, they make better choices, benefiting their communities and the response teams serving them.
Emergency service folklore recounts the practice of firefighters growing long beards to help them breathe in smoke. The thinking was that they would dip the beard in a bucket of water, then clinch the wet beard between their teeth and breathe through their mouth, using the wet beard as a filter.
So far this month, most product changes have been around improving some of our exports, allowing for more flexible CSV exports and more consistent exports for Google Earth. We also added the Degree Minute Decimals coordinate system to our map picker as well as improving the address and reverse address lookups on our map picker.
An important outcome in the enactment of the Oil Spill Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA-90) was the requirement for vessels entering the US waters to have a listed Emergency Responder. OPA -90 was signed into law in August 1990, largely in response to rising public concern following the Exxon Valdez Incident.
Industrial Emergency Responders must be prepared to respond to fires of flammable liquid and compressed gases, hazardous material releases, rescues, security breaches and medical emergencies throughout oil, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, pipeline, mining and port facilities.
Oil. That three letter word invites a flood of ethical and environmental debates. Behind all these conversations, the oil industry is working in the background to ensure the safety of its facilities, workers and the planet. Mutual aid is an agreement among emergency services to lend assistance across organizations.
A public safety official is most often the first on the scene when utilities are damaged, whether in response to a downed power line due to a collision or a ruptured natural gas pipeline caused by excavation works. Utility providers should also have experienced resources, capabilities, and products to provide a total response when disasters or emergencies strike.
Things change. It is a fact of life that the luster of new equipment is sure to fade over time. The purpose of inspection and maintenance is to identify whether response equipment can be operated, adjusted and maintained safely with any deterioration detected and remedied before it results in a health and safety risk.
Healthcare workers are among those most at risk of catching Ebola. Many healthcare professionals have knowledge of the virus, but very few have had to treat an infected patient. This has led to a knowledge gap on how to manage Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) when dealing with expected Ebola cases.
The exploration of the earths natural resources is a dangerous undertaking. Mining laws in developed countries require trained and equipped mine rescue personnel to be available on mine sites. Mine rescue competitions provide an invaluable opportunity for these teams to test their skills against industry standards.