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In my tenure as a firefighter I have responded to numerous hazmat calls. Most (90%) we handled at the operations level. Only a few needed "tech" level interventions. With that said, continued education and training to maintain the skills learned have been important for me. Yesterday I attended an 8 hour class with several other departments, including DHS hazmat teams. The class was hosted by the Dupont Chemical company. The company has an old Anhydrous Amonia car converted to a training prop that is equipped with every type of PRV and valve found on rail cars. If you get the chance to attend, it is worth it,

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Comment by Kristofer DeMauro on March 28, 2008 at 6:40pm
So true. When I first took HM Tech we used props mounted on a trailer. Nothing like crawling under or climbing on an actual car.Speaking of chlorine, do you use a water for (master stream) to disperse or control a chlorine cloud? The Dupont instructor said that it was okay. Let me know.

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