Hazmat Studies: Hazmat Response In the "Research Triangle"

Durham, NC, established in 1869 and known as the “City of Medicine,” is in the north-central part of the state on Interstates 85 and 40. The city is part of the “Research Triangle,” or “Triangle,” an area encompassing three major...


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Chemical protective clothing includes Level A Dupont Tychem TK 650 and Level B Blauer Multi-Threat Suit, Blauer XRT ensemble and Lakeland Tychem F coveralls. Breathing protection is provided by Survivair Panther self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with in-mask communications and North Safety escape hoods. Cooling vests are used at hot-weather incidents. Chemical and biological monitors carried include Smiths Detection HazMat-ID 360, RespondeR RCI (Raman Chemical Identifier) and LCD (Lightweight Chemical Detector) 3.3. Biological-only monitoring includes ADVNT PS-5T Pro Strips, Alexeter RAID (Rapid Assessment Initial Detection) 8 and BioCheck 20/20 powdered screening test kit. Trace explosives and narcotics are detected with the Smiths Detection MMTD (Multi-Mode Threat Detector). Radiation instruments include the Ludlum 2241 survey meter and Canberra UltraRadiac radiation monitor. Air monitoring is accomplished with the RAE Systems MultiRAE Pro Wireless portable multi-threat monitor for oxygen (O2), carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), PID PPB 10.6 lower explosive limit (LEL) and gamma sensor; MSA Sirius multi-gas detector for O2, CO and H2S; and MSA AltAir 4 four-gas monitor for O2, CO, H2S and LEL.

Thanks to Investigator Tim Westcott, BCERT coordinator, for his help in preparation of this column. (He was a third-generation volunteer firefighter and captain in the Brockport, NY, Fire Department before moving to Durham.) Thanks also to other Durham police officials for their assistance. For additional information about the BCERT, contact Westcott at tim.westcott@durhamnc.gov. n