Kansas City, KS, is located at Kaw Point, the junction point of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. It is the third-largest city in Kansas and the third-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area, which has a population of more than 2 million. Kansas City, KS, an area of 127 square...
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Hazmat team members volunteer to be on the team. They receive training from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region VII, local community colleges and equipment manufacturers. Team members also train with other metropolitan departments. All other response personnel on the Kansas City, KS, department are trained to the hazmat operations level.
Kansas City, KS, also operates one of nine Metropolitan Medical Strike Team trailers that are strategically located throughout the metro area. Trailers are set up differently, depending on tactical objectives. The Kansas City team specializes in decontamination, Mark I Auto-Injector Kits, tents, water heater, showers, pools, and heaters for winter and misting fans for summer.
Major transportation routes include Interstates 35, 70, 435, 635 and 670. U.S. Highways 24 and 40 also pass through Kansas City. State routes include K5, K7 and K32. Railroads that service Kansas City include Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Southern Pacific and KCT. Major hazardous materials fixed facilities include Procter & Gamble, Barsol Solvents, ConocoPhillips and Magellan pipelines, and Kansas University of Kansas medical laboratories. Common hazardous materials found in the city include bulk petroleum, chlorine, anhydrous ammonia, propane and refrigerants.
One of the city’s major hazmat responses occurred at the Magellan distribution terminal at 401 Donovan Road on June 6, 2008. Lightning struck a 1.2 million-gallon unleaded gas storage tank, setting it on fire. Hazmat units conducted air monitoring at 60 locations throughout the metro area affected by smoke from the fire. Air monitoring was conducted in partnership with other teams from around the Kansas City metropolitan area, including EPA Region 7, using Area RAE detection equipment, as the incident affected a large portion of the metro area on both the Missouri and Kansas sides of the state line. Fire units decided to let the fire in the tank burn itself out while protecting surrounding tanks and other exposures. The fire was contained to the original tank and a berm area designed to contain leaking fuel from the tank. The facility also contained tanks of jet fuel, ethanol, diesel and other fuel oils that were not involved in the fire.
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ROBERT BURKE, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is the fire marshal for the University of Maryland Baltimore. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFSP), Fire Inspector II, Fire Inspector III, Fire Investigator and Hazardous Materials Specialist, and has served on state and county hazardous materials response teams. Burke is an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy and the Community College of Baltimore, Catonsville Campus, and the author of the textbooks Hazardous Materials Chemistry for Emergency Responders and Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders. He can be contacted at email@example.com.