Do You Have an Emergency Involving Chemicals? CHEMTREC Celebrates 30 Years of Service

CHEMTREC, the Chemical Transportation Emergency Center, began operations on Sept. 5, 1971. CHEMTREC is a 24-hour emergency center that was started as a service of the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA), now known as the American Chemistry Council...


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CHEMTREC newsletter. A quarterly newsletter is published by CHEMTREC and can be received by mail or in electronic format. The newsletter is loaded with information on current training, conferences, and other events, Emergency Call Center news, and other programs. Geared towards industry members, it still contains valuable information for emergency responders. The newsletter is available to emergency response organizations. Contact Jane Schanke at 703-741-5501.

CHEMTREC website. Additional information about CHEMTREC operations and services can be obtained at its website, www.chemtrec.org. A section of the site is dedicated to emergency responders. This site was improved and updated recently to better meet the needs of users. Current information is provided on training opportunities, regulation changes, reports and other articles of interest for emergency responders. Helpful links to other hazmat sites are provided along with frequently asked questions.


Robert Burke, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is the fire marshal for the University of Maryland. He is a certified Hazardous Materials Specialist, and has served on state and county hazmat response teams. Burke is a veteran of over 18 years in the fire service, in career and volunteer fire departments, having attained the ranks of lieutenant and assistant chief, and served as deputy state fire marshal. He has an associate's degree in fire protection technology and a bachelor's degree in fire science, and has done post-graduate work in public administration. Burke is an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy and the Community College of Baltimore, Catonsville campus. He is the author of the books Hazardous Materials Chemistry For Emergency Responders, published in 1997, and Counter-Terrorism For Emergency Responders, published in 1999. Burke can be reached on the Internet at robert.burke@worldnet.att.net.