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Emergency Preparedness 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Your online source for credible health informartion.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Emergency Preparedness and Response
This site is intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies

This site teaches you how to be prepared for disasters and prevent disaster damage. 
Free Online Language Translator
Get translation of words or sentences with a single click. Google Translate Webpage is able to translate many languages.

Get Ready! - Preparing Your Communty for a Disaster.
Recent disasters have shown just how much communities count on their firefighters and other first responders to keep them safe and protected. 

Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed

US Department of Homeland Security
Official organization home. Includes news on latest threats, advisories, planning tips, and job opportunities.


Public Education & Prevention 
David Watson - Conover FD

A Fire Safety Web Site for Middle School Students
This Web site, for students grades 5-8, encourages students to "get informed and inform others." Site includes links to other sites and a list of projects for middle school students.

This website has great resources for parents, teachers, firefighters and kids. Take a tour through this site, you will find it will help you and your family be fire smart. Site is maintained by Lberty Mutual Insurance Company.

Curious Kids Set Fires
A fact sheet from the United States Fire Administration (USFA).

Education World
The Educators best friend. A firehouse full of cross-curriculum activities and fire-related Web sites for Fire Prevention.

Fire Facts.org
FireFacts.org, was specifically created for the development and production of this interactive fire safety learning tool.

Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. Click here for more information.

Fire Safety for Kids.org
Hey kids! Welcome! Are you ready to learn all about fire safety? We've got a long list of games and activities that make it fun to learn!
Home Fire Escape Plan
A home escape plan must be created and practiced so that each person knows exactly what to do.

Kids' Fire Safety Tips
Scroll down the page for some fun illustrations with tips from Buzzy the Smoke Detector, Reddy the Fire Extinguisher, Squirt the Water Drop and other fire safety friends.

Mesothelioma Cancer Center
Asbestos.com is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to spread awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer. This website offers a one-stop resource on all asbestos issues ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma treatment options.

National Fire Protection Association - Fire Prevention Week for Teachers
Everything you need to teach your students important information about fire safety.

The nation's premiere source of vehicle safety information from the government, serving the public interest.

Talking About Fire Safety With Your Children

Things to talk to your chaildren about, brought to you by State Farm Insurance.

Smokey Bear
Smokey's Web site includes fun activities for kids, Smokey's rules, pen pals, and links to other resources.

An interactive fire safety website for kids sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.

Staying Alive
This nonprofit organization offers age-appropriate curriculum targeted at K-8 students. The goal of these materials is to raise awareness about fire safety, with a special focus on escape plans. Interactive games included.

The Firehouse Museum
A collection of photographs and fire fighting equipment and memorabilia provides the opportunity to see "what our grandfathers and great grandfathers had to use when it came to fighting fires."

United States Fire Administration for Kids.

Working Together for Home Fire Safety
A nice resource for parents, teachers, and older students from USFA.

Fire Inspection & Enforcement 

Code Attorney.com
A website dedicated to providing training and consultation in the areas of code enforcement, community policing, law enforcement and fire prevention. Additionally, this site instructs code officials on preparing for certification and provides information on upcoming housing symposiums and other Code related gatherings and seminars.

International Code Council
Sample ICC ordinances posted on ICC.

ICC Fire Code Guide
Fire Inspectors Field Guide based on the 2003 ed. of the International Fire Code.

Free online encyclopedia of building & environmental inspection, testing, diagnosis, repair, & problem prevention advice, including all residential & light commercial building components, materials, & mechanical systems. Illustrated, detailed, in-depth research on finding, diagnosing, testing, correcting, & preventing building defects, energy conservation, & indoor environmental hazards. Research on building failures & education course material on building failures & building environmental inspection testing, diagnosis, & repair. © Copyright 2012 InspectAPedia.com

Inspector911.com Newsletters
Links to various organizations Newsletters posted in Inspector911.com.

International Fire Stop Council
Free Training for Inspectors.

OSHA Fire Service Features
OSHA Booklet for Buildings and Fire Protection.
Pyrotechnics Guild International, Inc.
The Pyrotechnics Guild International, Inc., founded in 1969, is an independent worldwide nonprofit organization of amateur and professional fireworks enthusiasts.

Potter Signal Free Video
Potter signal is providing free copies of a DVD on the proper installation and use of their signaling equipment. This includes flow, tamper, and other switches.

Up Your Stack
News and resources on commercial kitchens.

Fire Investigation 
K9 "Manly"

International Association of Fire Investigators (IAAI)
I.A.A.I. consists of approximately 9,000 of the best fire investigation professionals in the world, united by a strong commitment to the suppression of the crime of arson.

National Associaiton of Fire Investigators
The National Association of Fire Investigators was organized in 1961. Its primary purposes are to increase the knowledge and improve the skills of person engaged in the investigation and analysis of fire, explosions and arson, or the litigation that ensues from such investigations.

North Carolina IAAI Links Page
An excellant web page with numerous links to fire investigation resources and other materials.

Fire Suppression 

FirefighterCloseCalls.com was an idea born from The Secret List, an independent newsletter produced since 1998 in an effort to bring forward the issues involving injury and death to firefighters... often issues that are ignored, quickly forgotten or just not talked about. Originally started as an e-mail group amongst some close friends in the fire service, it is currently received by thousands of fire service members.

ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS)
The Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) is the manual the Insurance Services Offices (ISO) uses in reviewing the fire-fighting capabilities of individual communities. The schedule measures the major elements of a community's fire-suppression system and develops a numerical grading called a Public Protection Classification (PPCTM).

North Carolina Association’s Fire Chiefs’ - Emergency Response Plan (NCAFC ERP)
The purpose of the plan is to provide a practical approach and useful guide to assist the fire service in managing the types of devastation that occur in the state. The NCAFC ERP was created to provide for the systematic mobilization, deployment, organization, and management of emergency resources throughout the North Carolina, and the Nation, in assisting local agencies in mitigating the effects of emergencies and disaster.

North Carolina Association’s Fire Chiefs’ - Field Guide to the NC Emergency Response Plan 
The purpose of this Field Guide to the North Carolina Emergency Response Plan is to provide first responders a quick reference to the essential operational procedures for requesting and providing mutual aid within the state of North Carolina.

North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs' - Reference Manual
With the complex issues facing today’s fire administrator and the numerous laws and regulations governing the emergency service, it has become an increasingly demanding responsibility of the fire chief to track the numerous administrative aspects of the profession. This manual was developed to assist the Chief in his/her administrative duties by bringing together, into one concise format, many of the rules, regulations, procedures, and recommendations of the Fire Service. Additional information will be added as new laws and regulations are developed or adopted.

North Carolina Fire Incident Reporting System
Whenever a fire department responds to a fire, the chief of that department shall complete or cause to be completed a fire incident report, which report shall be on a form prescribed by the Department of Insurance. Click here for more information.

Hazardous Materials 
Concord Gas Main Fire

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.

The 24-hour/365 Day Haz-Mat Communications Center - 800-424-9300. CHEMTREC (CHEMical TRansportation Emergency Center) is dedicated to assisting emergency responders deal with incidents involving hazardous materials. Since its founding as a public service of the American Chemistry Council in 1971 CHEMTREC has handled over a million emergencies.
ChemTel, Incorporated was founded in 1989 to provide comprehensive DOT and OSHA compliance services to the hazardous material manufacturing and transportation industries. Built around our 24-hour Emergency Telecommunications Call Center in Tampa, Florida. Staffed by Chemists, Industrial Toxicologists, Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, and a highly experienced team of emergency response operators ChemTel provides extremely reliable emergency mitigation information and accurate technical knowledge on all aspects of hazardous materials management and transportation. Your single source solution for any type of 24-hour Emergency Communications Support - 888-255-3924.
3E Company
3E’s suite of emergency response services dramatically simplifies the ER process and significantly reduces risk by providing a single source for immediate access to EH&S information and resources 24-7-365 - 800-451-8346.

Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (ERSH-DB)
The Emergency Response Safety and Health Database is a rapidly accessible occupational safety and health database developed by NIOSH for the emergency response community. The ERSH-DB contains accurate and concise information on high-priority chemical, biological and radiological agents that could be encountered by personnel responding to a terrorist event.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (49 U.S.C. 113). Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

Federal Highway Administration
FHWA is charged with the broad responsibility of ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be the safest and most technologically up-to-date. Although State, local, and tribal governments own most of the Nation’s highways, we provide financial and technical support to them for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system. Our annual budget of more than $30 billion is funded by fuel and motor vehicle excise taxes. The budget is primarily divided between two programs: Federal-aid funding to State and local governments; and Federal Lands Highways funding for national parks, national forests, Indian lands, and other land under Federal stewardship
GATX Railcar Search Website
GATX is one of the biggest lessors of rail cars of in North America.  When responding to an incident involving rail, there is a good chance the car may be leased from GATX.  On their website, GATX offers the ability to search for a specific railcar, by its reporting marks (car intitial & number).

The website will provide you with the cars basic mechanical information such as:

  • Car Type (General Service)
  • Stencil Class (DOT 111A100-W-3)
  • Capacity in Gallons
  • Lining Material Type
  • Outlet Valve Type

The website allows you to view the report on-line (easy way) or download the report as a common seperated value .CSV file. You’ll then need to open with MS excel or similar program.  The advantage of the CSV file is it can be e-mailed to other responders such as the EOC.

To access the GATX Railcar Search Page, click the following link, and add it to your favorites.

LINK to GATX Search Page (Example: GATX 1234, returns a good hit).

Although the basic railcar mechanical information is not as crucial to responders as information regarding the cars contents, it may provide some additional details to responders.  In any train incident, obtaining a copy of the trains consist and working with the railroad personnel are your best source of information.
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. - 29 CFR 1910.120
OSHA 1910.120 describes minimum levels of emergency responder skills, knowledge, and functional levels to meet the safety and health needs of emergency response personnel for both RCRA/CERCLA sites and response off-site. Read this OSHA regulation free online at this link.

A Chemical emergency response system which provides up to date information and comprehensive assistance in emergency situations involving hazardous Materials - 800-535-5053.
Military Shipments 
For assistance at incidents involving materials being shipped by, for, or to the Department of Defense (DOD), call one of the following numbers (24 hours): 703-697-0218 (call collect) (U.S. Army Operations Center) for incidents involving explosives and ammunition.

800-851-8061 (toll-free in the U.S.) (Defense Logistics Agency) for incidents involving dangerous goods other than explosives and ammunition.

National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center
The IAFC will lead the development of a new data center that will collect and analyze hazardous materials incident data to enhance first responder tactics, operations, policy and training, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). 
National Response Center
US interagency center is the sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills in the US and its territorial waters - 800-424-8802. The NRC, which is operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, receives reports required when dangerous goods and hazardous substances are spilled.

North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
The N.C. Department of Transportation is one of North Carolina’s largest state government agencies, with more than 14,000 employees. NCDOT works hard to provide high-quality transportation for travelers throughout North Carolina, including highways, rail, aviation, ferries, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and public transit.

North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
The NCDMV delivers quality motor vehicle services, promotes highway safety, and furnishes timely and accurate information by providing excellent customer service, enforcing motor vehicle laws, and maintaining the integrity of official DMV records.

Pipeline Association for Public Awareness
The Pipeline Association for Public Awareness' Mission is to provide an organization that the general public, governmental entities, and other organizations may contact to obtain educational information concerning pipeline safety and emergency preparedness.
The essential web site committed to zero incidents with reliable up-to-date pipeline emergency response safety training.
Poison Control Hotline
The National Capital Poison Center, founded in 1980, is an independent, private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with The George Washington University Medical Center. In recognition of its high quality, the Center is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers - 800-222-1222.
Providing leadership, vision, and resources to ongoing safety and training efforts is one of the most important and challenges confronting the propane industry. From across the nation propane professionals have come together to guide and support the industry's efforts to achieve the industry's vision of establishing a high public confidence in the safety and value of propane. 

United States Department of Transportation
The mission of the Department of Transportation, a cabinet-level executive department of the United States government, is to develop and coordinate policies that will provide an efficient and economical national transportation system, with due regard for need, the environment, and the national defense. It is the primary agency in the federal government with the responsibility for shaping and administering policies and programs to protect and enhance the safety, adequacy, and efficiency of the transportation system and services.

United States Chemical Safety Board
The CSB conducts root cause investigations of chemical accidents at fixed industrial facilities. Root causes are usually deficiencies in safety management systems, but can be any factor that would have prevented the accident if that factor had not occurred. Other accident causes often involve equipment failures, human errors, unforeseen chemical reactions or other hazards. The agency does not issue fines or citations, but does make recommendations to plants, regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), industry organizations, and labor groups. Congress designed the CSB to be non-regulatory and independent of other agencies so that its investigations might, where appropriate, review the effectiveness of regulations and regulatory enforcement.

US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) is the Federal safety authority for ensuring the safe transport of hazardous materials (hazmat) by air, rail, highway, and water, with the exception of bulk transportation of hazmat by vessel. OHMS promulgates a national safety program to minimize the risks to life and property inherent in commercial transportation of hazardous materials.

Virtual Terrorism Response Academy
Do you know how to protect yourself and your citizens if terrorists attack using weapons of mass destruction? The Virtual Terrorism Response Academy's first course is "Ops-Plus for WMD Hazmat." This interactive course offers fire, EMS and law-enforcement personnel more than 16 hours of practical, engaging training about CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) threats.
This is an online system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. For more information, please see the WISER home page.
Williams Pipeline
This company has gasoline and natural gas pipelines running through North Carolina.  Click on this link for information on Natural Gas Pipeline. Name of subsidiary company of Williams with pipeline ownership in NC is Transco (2800 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056) Business Phone: 713-215-2000, Emergency: 800-440-8475.
FireSpecialOps.com was started in 2008.  The goal of FireSpecialOps.com is to create a site that members of fire department special operations teams can find the latest news and information.  FireSpecialOps.com is owned and operated by the Response Technology Group (RTG).  RTG is composed of a group of firefighters active in hazmat and urban search & rescue. 
Texas Strikeforce, Inc.
Texas Strikeforce Inc. was established to offer a wide variety of remedial services, such as containment and solidification of characteristic waste, sludge dewatering, waste stream characterization, sample collection and analysis, excavation, transportation and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous industrial waste. Each member of the TSF staff is highly trained and qualified to provide premier services in the environmental industry. We guarantee cost effective solutions while following all applicable regulations and federal guidelines / mandates. Texas Strikeforce ensures customer satisfaction on every job.

Looking for Hazardous Materials Book & Computer Software Downloads?  Check out NCFMA's Book & Computer Software Download Page.

Medical Toxicology Resources 

American College of Medical Toxicology:
A professional association of physicians dedicated to the advancement of quality care for poisoned patients.

American Association of Poison Control Centers:
Support of the nation’s poison centers with medical information resources.

Banner Health:
Health topics, news, and poison and drug information center for Arizona.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Medical management guidelines for chemical agents in a list format.

Carolinas Poison Center:
Information for professionals and educators about types of poisons and their treatments.

American Academy of Clinical Toxicology:
An organization promoting the advancement of research and treatment of diseases caused by toxins.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry:
A federal agency providing education and training about toxic substances and exposures.

Environmental Health and Toxicology:
A division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that supplies information about hazardous chemicals and substances.

International Programme on Chemical Safety:
An international council providing information about the safety of commonly used chemicals throughout the world.

European Association of Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicologists:
Research, training, and dissemination of information in prevention of poisoning.

University of Virginia Medical Toxicology:
Medical toxicology research and education, with links to supporting sites.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
Health and safety information about several toxic metals that are potentially found in several industries.

American Industrial Hygiene Association:
An international organization providing information about safety with contaminants in industry.

American Biological Safety Association:
A professional group that strives to promote biosafety through educational conferences, research, and literature.

Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology:
Promoting poison control and treatment in the Asia Pacific region.

National Pesticide Medical Monitoring Program:
Providing education and resources about pesticide exposure and safety through the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon State University.

American College of Toxicology:
Educating professionals in the area of toxicology by promoting information about safety assessments and new developments.

International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology:
Promoting knowledge and understanding of clinical drug analysis and encouraging communication between professionals involved in therapeutic drug monitoring.

Clinical Toxicology Education in the United States:
Descriptions and specific educational training goals for those interested in pursuing the study of toxicology.

Maryland Poison Center:
Professional education of health professionals in the field of toxicology through research and publications.

Occupational Toxicology: A Practical Approach:
A discussion about the recognition of occupational exposures, prevention, and their impact on the environment.

Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology:
A research publication providing information about occupational risks and exposures to contaminants.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:
A hazard awareness and exposure manual, with information about routes of entry, toxicity, and exposure limits.

National Toxicology Program:
A public health report on carcinogens.

A searchable database for occupational exposure to contaminants, including types of agents, occupational diseases, and high-risk jobs.

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment:
The protection of public health through analyzing and communicating risks of exposure to occupational workers.

Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology:
Providing health and safety in the workplace by preventing disease and educating workers about risks of hazardous exposure.

Society of Toxicology:
Advancing the science of toxicology through research, publications, and professional education.

World Health Organization:
Information about global poisoning prevention and management.

Emergency Nursing World:
An article for registered nurses about the poisoned patient.

Merck Manuals:
A list of symptoms and treatments of specific poisons.

A list of health effects resulting from specific pollutants and hazardous elements.


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