The critical information that emergency responders must have at their fingertips in the first minutes of an incident is here in a full color guide. Whether the incident involves hazardous materials, a clandestine laboratory, terrorism or a confined space operation, this user-friendly resource includes information that is consistent with the mission of all agencies. Flow charts verify critical procedure considerations that must be managed immediately, then set the stage for support response when an incident requires interagency cooperation. The guidebook's easy access format allows rapid identification of placards, labels, silhouettes, and common commodities that move on roadways and railways. Medical considerations are described throughout the text, identifying potential needs of an affected community.
Armando S. Bevelacqua is a retired, 35-year veteran of fire service. The former Chief of Special Operations, Homeland Security and Medical Command for the Orlando Fire Department, he is also an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy, a W.M.D./Haz-Mat instructor for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and a fire and E.M.S. instructor for local colleges. The 2010 recipient of the "in the Zone" and "Level A" awards for service and leadership, Mr. Bevelacqua serves on several federal, state, and local committees, and is a member of the Inter-Agency Board (I.A.B.) for training and exercise development. He is a Technical Consultant and contributor to standards committees, including the N.F.P.A. 472 and N.F.P.A. 473 Technical Committees, and a frequent presenter on the issues of Technical Rescue, E.M.S., and Hazardous Materials and Management. Mr. Bevelacqua has published articles on a variety of subjects, including E.M.S. report writing and Emergency Medical Responses to Hazardous Materials Incidents, along with the Hazardous Materials Field Guide and Terrorism Handbook for Operational Responders. He holds a B.S. degree in Fire Engineering.
Richard Stilp is the Director of the Central Florida Fire Academy. He is retired from the Orlando Fire Department where he rose to the rank of District Chief and was the Chief in charge of the Hazardous Materials Team. Mr. Stilp is a Paramedic and Registered Nurse. He holds a B.A. in Business and an M.A. in Management. After retirement Mr. Stilp was the Director of Safety and Security for a large hospital system where he managed compliance, emergency management, loss management, and security for a seven hospital system. He is a hazardous materials technician and certified hazardous materials instructor, and has been an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy and the International Association of Firefighters. Mr. Stilp teaches at local colleges in both the paramedic and hazardous materials disciplines and occasionally lectures on the conference circuit.