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I am looking to make contact and swap some ideas/policies/procedures
with fire departments and other organizations that are doing or
considering air monitoring of fire scenes as a routine procedure.
Although not specifically Hazmat, often gas detection falls first to
Fire Hazmat depts that have the training and equipment for this sort
of task. I'm especially interested in their use outside of dedicated
Hazmat departments.

Specifically the following starter questions:
1) Do you conduct air monitoring as a routine procedure?
2) If not for all/most calls what criteria triggers monitoring?
3) What do you monitor for? (CO/H2S/HCN/O2/PID/other)?
4) Do you have any general policies or procedures for their use?
5) Is their use limited to Hazmat technicians or is it more widespread through your service?
6) How many personnel are trained/qualified to conduct monitoring in your organisation?


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We have single gas monitors for CO that are affixed to our BLS bags in all ambulances and on the Officer's SCBA Harness
All of our rigs have 5 gas monitors on them that we use for CO calls, Gas leaks etc. These monitors have O2 CO VOC LEL & H2S. On the Haz-Mat truck we carry the same 5 gas meters but we swapped out the H2S for NH3 (anhydrous ammonia) on one meter and Cl (chlorine) We also carry a RAD meter on every apparatus that is always on. Every member is trained in meter usage as well as how to sweep and scan an area with a meter. SOP for CO alarms and Rescue calls with people feeling sick is to turn the CO meter on at the front steps of the house, if the readings are high, call dispatch and upgrade the alarm to get a engine or truck on the road.
We conduct air monitoring At all CO calls and at every fire as soon as the fire is under controll. We are to wear are scba untill it is clear to do our jobs without them on. Every fire fighter is trained to use our monitors. On all CO calls we have a check list that we go through so that everything is checked. At every fire an officer dose the air monitoring and will give the all clear after checking the entier building. We also have single gas monitors for CO on all of our ems 0/2 bags both ALS and BLS becouse you can get a call for someone that is ill and have it be a CO call. We monitor for CO, 0/2 , LEL , H2S We carry thess metors on all attack eng. our captins car and the rescue.
Wow cant believe that I left out the Air mointoring after a fire is knocked down. DUH We don't specifically call for a meter to be brought to the fire floor, the Officer's SCBA has a Co meter clipped to it .

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