This text explores the medical aspects of hazardous material response including the initial response, chemical and toxicological information, effects on body systems -- injury and treatment, physiology and treatments of common poisonings. The student learns how to make decisions based on a scale of risk versus gain. Decontamination techniques, specialized equipment, simple antidotal treatments and more are discussed as they relate to the hazardous materials incident.
Armando Bevelacqua is a Lieutenant for the Orlando Fire Department and has been a HazMat Team Leader and Paramedic for 23 years. He holds a BS in Fire Safety Engineering. He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the National Fire Academy, International Association of Fire Fighters Instructor, and a Local Emergency Planning Committee Member. He lectures widely on Hazmat topics.
Richard Stilp is the Director of the Central Florida Fire Academy. He holds the rank of district chief, is a certified paramedic and a licensed RN. Mr. Stilp has a B.A. in Business and an M.A. in Management. He is a hazardous materials technician and certified hazardous materials instructor.
INTRODUCTION TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. Hazardous Materials Principles. Scene Organization and SOP. FUNDAMENTALS OF THE HAZMAT DISCIPLINE. Chemical Behavior. Essentials of Toxicology. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS PHYSIOLOGY AND TREATMENT. Body Systems and the Environment. Treatment Modalities. EMERGENCY PROVIDER PROTECTION. Medical Surveillance. Hazmat Considerations for Hospitals. SELECTED TOPICS. Biohazard Awareness. Clandestine Laboratories. Air Monitoring. Confined Space Medical Operations. Bibliography. Index.