Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

Most firefighters shy away from haz-mat. Why is that? Isn't every fire a haz-mat run? Doesn't every EMS run have haz-mat potential? What are your thoughts?

Views: 196

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Thanks for the reply. I agree that we tend to stay with things that we are comfortable with. One of the things that concerns me is the lack of knowledge of what we deal with on a fire. You don't have to be a chemist, but anything that can harm me I want to know how. It's not enough to know that smoke is bad, we need to know why!! I have attended chemistry courses that were way above what we need to know. Covalent & monovalent bonding, who cares. What we need to know is what type of protection is needed,what harm it will do to me, and how do I detect it. When I teach chemistry thats what I use. 2 Instructors from the IAFF taught me how to teach chemistry that is applicable for the fire service Joe Gorman of Fairfax Co. & Chris Aguirre a Lt. from Miami have a website that gives us what we all need to be better firefighters
Is it Coffee? I have a Bat Chief that insists on putting 24 oz in a 12 oz cup then walk down the hall like some 2 year old trying to find a bathroom. No most incidents involve a hydorcarbon typically Gasoline. The numbers are usually consistant year after year. According to the NRC there was over 100,000 gallons spilled in the US from 1999-2004 at both fixed and mobile incidents.

Reply to Discussion


Policy Page


The login above DOES NOT provide access to Fire Engineering magazine archives. Please go here for our archives.


Our contributors' posts are not vetted by the Fire Engineering technical board, and reflect the views and opinions of the individual authors. Anyone is welcome to participate.

For vetted content, please go to

We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our community policy page.  

Be Alert for Spam
We actively monitor the community for spam, however some does slip through. Please use common sense and caution when clicking links. If you suspect you've been hit by spam, e-mail

FE Podcasts

Check out the most recent episode and schedule of

© 2023   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service