Hazmat Team Spotlight: Omaha, NE, Fire-Rescue Department

Located on the banks of the Missouri River at the Eastern end of Nebraska, Omaha is the largest city in the state.Slideshow Images: Omaha, NE, Fire-Rescue Department Located on the banks of the Missouri River at the Eastern end of Nebraska, Omaha is the...


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  • Fire Protection Guide to Hazardous Materials
  • 2004 Emergency Response Guide Book
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  • Emergency Handling of Hazardous Materials
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Standard Operating Procedures/Guidelines
Check with the City of Omaha Hazmat Team for specific SOP/SOG's

Hazardous Materials Exposures
Transportation exposures in the Omaha area include Interstates 80, 480, and 680. The Missouri River is a major barge traffic route on the East side of the city. Omaha is also a major rail center with potential exposures from chlorine, ethanol, various liquid chemicals and pressurized and non-pressurized chemicals. There approximately 220 facilities in the Omaha area that must file Tier II reports each year. Some of the major chemicals listed are anhydrous ammonia and sulfuric acid. Various pipelines carrying hazardous materials can be found through out the response area.

Contact Information
For additional information or questions, contact:
Captain Jim Palensky
Omaha Fire Department
Special Operations/HazMat Coordinator
402-444-3938
1516 Jackson Street
Omaha, NE 68102
jpalensky@ci.omaha.ne.us

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ROBERT BURKE, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is the fire marshal and hazmat team member for the University of Maryland. a 28-year veteran of fire and emergency services, Robert is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist, NPQS Board Certified Fire Inspector III, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and Hazardous Materials Technician, and has served on state, county and local hazardous materials response teams. He is the author of books: Hazardous Materials Chemistry For Emergency Responders, Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders, Fire Protection: Systems and Response and the feature Hazmat Team Spotlight on Firehouse. Robert can be reached on the Internet at robert.burke@att.net To read Robert's complete biography and view their archived articles, click here. You can reach Robert by e-mail at robert.burke@att.net.