Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The North American Emergency Response Guidebook . . .and you

Are you good with primary colors? Can you locate information in a table? Are you smarter than the book itself? Congratulations! You too can operate the Emergency Response Guidebook!!
Ugh. That was definitely eight hours of my life in the academy I want back. NIMS and HAZ-MAT was boring enough the first time around in the fire service. Only four more to go . . .

"Do you know what the best indicator at a Haz-Mat scene is?"
"A cop. Send him in with a flare. If he drops over or blows up it's not safe."

(Sorry MotorCop and all my brothers and sisters out there . . . but I couldn't resist.)


  1. Ok, maybe the cops don't think that was funny but the dispatcher sure did :-)

  2. Ha ha ha! That's funny! (I apologize to the cops, too, but I am sure they have plenty of fireman jokes!) I felt like the Haz-mat class could have gone from 8 hours to 1. Just my opinion. I don't want to be in there! I want to be the one with the binoculers reading the placard.

  3. Very our defense however (and by 'our' I mean Motor/Traffic units), we've been to enough accident scenes to at least send the junior guy in Patrol to handle that task.

  4. Hmmm. I guess that means, soon . . . it will be me. Dammit. Where's the flare? Oh wait, my traffic Sgt. took it away from me for my own safety.

  5. Our responce is send the fire department in and if you can still see them your too close.....

  6. You forgot the most important part of sending in the highway trooper. They need to be carrying the flare and have a flag up their butt. That way if they drop dead, you have wind direction.