08/29/09 354 W, 1 I - + 13 - 7 Last Week's Haz-Mat Challenge


Last week's South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo concluded with a Haz-Mat Challenge on Saturday, an annual competition sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders. This was the fifth year for the contest, which is held in conjunction with the annual firefighter's convention. This year's challenge was conducted around the corner from the Raleigh Convention Center, in a parking lot on Lenoir Street. Eight teams from across the state competed in a series of timed evolutions, with penalties for incorrect techniques.
 


Lee Wilson Photo
 

The results, including times for the first three teams:

  1. Fayetteville (4:56)
  2. High Point (5:22)
  3. Raleigh Team #1 (6:02)
  4. Greensboro
  5. Wilmington
  6. Asheville
  7. Raleigh Team #2

The evolutions:

  1. Application of Chlorine C Kit on Railcar Protective Housing Simulator, provided by HEPACO, Inc.
  2. Overpack of Drum
  3. Placing Overpack and Drum on Dolly and Transporting 100 Feet
  4. Sampling Using a Coliwasa Tube
  5. Victim Removal Using Stokes Basket

Each four-person team was divided into two-person elements. Time started when the first two-person element placed their accountability tags on the starting table. Evolutions #1 and #2 were executed, with the second element entering the course and starting #3 upon the return of the first element to the starting table and retrieving their tags. The second element were required to place their accountability tags on the starting table prior to entering the course. The time stopped when the second element fully crossed the finish line with the victim. They also had to retrieve their accountability tags to avoid a penalty.

The first-place team from Fayetteville received four scholarships to Railcar Specialist School at TTCI in Pueblo, CO, and sponsored by Norfolk-Southern Railroad. Teams finishing in first through fifth places received prizes from Callan and Associates. CSX Transportation also provided a fifth scholarship to the Railcar Specialist School, and which was awarded by drawing from a list of all competitors' names. It was won by John Randolph of the Greensboro Fire Department team. All participants and spectators then enjoyed a lunch provided by Smiths Detection. Special thanks are also extended the Raleigh Fire Department, for providing and setting the equipment for the course. See more photos from Lee Wilson.







  
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