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A Municipal Firefighter's Guide to Industrial Incidents

Thursday, April 27
Industrial facilities are found in the majority of our communities, yet there is very limited training to provide guidance to these complex facilities. The fire service cannot simply apply residential tactics to these incidents. Failure of a fire department to properly prepare for an industrial incident can result in a disaster. Topics include the importance of developing a relationship long before an incident, common rules of engagement at an industrial facility, the facility's incident priorities vs. common fire department operating practices, the importance of Unified Command, the ripple effect a loss of industry can have on a community, unique fire protection systems and specialized agents used in industrial firefighting, the training and capabilities of industrial emergency response teams, and uncommon hazards including electrical and combustible dust.
Brian Gettemeier, Captain - Cottleville (MO) Fire Protection District