An increase in hazardous materials call volume in their response areas prompted three northwestern Missouri fire protection districts (FPDs) to combine resources and form the Tri-District Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT). The three districts — Central Jackson County, Fort Osage and Sni...
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Thanks to Assistant Chief Eddie Saffell, Assistant Chief Keith Vollrath, Emergency Management Director and Firefighter Mark Sherwood and Accreditation Coordinator and Firefighter Jason Bonney for their assistance during the preparation of this column. For questions or additional information about the Tri-District Hazmat Team, contact Assistant Chief Eddie Saffell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-229-2522.
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.