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NEW RESOURCE for First Responders – Handling “Orphaned” Chlorine Containers

| Robyn Kinsley, Vice President of Transportation & Emergency Preparedness, The Chlorine Institute

Discover the latest resource from The Chlorine Institute: Handling “Orphaned” Chlorine Containers - an essential guide tailored for first responders. This new, visually engaging two-page document provides detailed guidance on handling orphaned chlorine containers. It's designed to assist first responders in making informed initial decisions and taking effective action. The guide covers critical steps including identification, initial actions, call & report, and removal procedures.

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October TRANSCAER Blog

Solutions for the Fire Service: Recruitment and Training in Modern Times

| By Ken Willette, Executive Director, North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD)

We are currently facing a significant challenge within the fire service - recruiting and retaining qualified firefighters. When I speak with Metro chiefs, they express that in the past, they received hundreds of applications for job openings. Now, they're lucky if they receive dozens. Similarly, my fellow chiefs from mid-sized combination departments used to have dozens of applicants, but now they're down to just a few. On the other hand, chiefs of volunteer departments and rural communities are grappling with a lack of applicants for vacant positions and an aging workforce. The uncertainty looms over us as we wonder when this situation will improve and when we can once again expect a pool of qualified candidates.

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Is it Worth the Risk?

| Tom Miller, TRANSCAER West Virginia State Coordinator

First Responders are used to facing and taking risks every day – that is a part of the job description. We use our knowledge, training, and experience to make critical decisions in often challenging situations. We often rely on communication centers, on-scene resources, and other available intelligence to help us make those decisions. Effective risk assessment, management and planning can help prevent bad situations from getting worse and decrease the threat potential (life, property, environment) posed by an event.

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New Opportunities in Hazmat Transportation Safety Education: The TRANSCAER Augmented Reality App

| Erica Fischer, CHEMTREC, Director of Training and Community Outreach

In an era of technological advancements, the transportation industry is no stranger to embracing innovative solutions for enhanced safety. One example is the TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness Emergency Response) Augmented Reality App. This cutting-edge tool offers new opportunities in hazmat transportation safety training by blending augmented reality elements with real-world scenarios, empowering users to gain knowledge and skills in an interactive and engaging manner.

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Beyond a Buzzword: The Importance of Resilience Building and Tools to Build it

| Bethany Elliott, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, CHEMTREC

Resilience was the word of the year in 2022, according to the Harvard Business Review (Amico, 2022). While resilience is crucial in any field, certain fields require a higher level of resilience, such as first responders. The responder community has long recognized the need for increased resilience to accommodate the high-pressure nature of work, but there needs to be more of a focus on preventative resilience building. In this article, we will define personal resilience, discuss its importance to the responder community, and provide tangible tools that you can use to boost your levels of resilience.  

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