2018 Oregon Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference HazMat
 

April 16, 2018 at 8:00am - April 19, 2018 at 3:00pm

Location and Lodging Arrangements
Sunriver Resort is a luxury resort in Central Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest. The resort is located at the edge of the high desert, just east of the Cascade Range, in Sunriver, 15 miles south of Bend and 180 miles southeast of Portland.​

Breakout Schedule - See breakouts below for links to presentations, if available.

Monday, April 16, 2018     8:00am - 5:00pm
  
HazMat Safety Officer
Shon Christensen, HM07 Portland     8hr​

The breakout covers the role and requirements of the OSHA required HazMat safety officer. Through presentation, table top exercises, and hands-on the student will meet the requirements of the HMSO certification.​

​​​DrugIQ: Synthetic Opioid Risk Based Response
Gary Sharp and Alan Van Heck, Federal Resources     8hr

DrugIQ prepares responders and investigators to implement risk-based response tactics to safely respond to incidents involving synthetic opioids, including clandestine labs. The breakout is 50% hands-on, with students gaining firsthand experience operating several types of synthetic opioid clandestine labs, and performing detection and identification of synthetic opioids using actual fentanyl analogs. Students will learn to conduct a synthetic opioid risk assessment using incident indicators and by using multiple detection technologies including FT-IR, Raman, Colorimetric test kits, and High Pressure Mass Spec (HPMS). Based on the level of risk assessment, students will learn to implement four levels of risk-based response guidelines that provide responders and investigators with specific guidance on resources required, PPE selection, safety considerations, tactical considerations, and decontamination for responders, victims, and suspects.

Morning Session: Threat update for synthetic opioid epidemic, understanding the real opioid risk and exposure hazards, risk based response guidelines, scene assessment using incident indicators, and detection and identification of synthetic opioids.

Afternoon Hands-On Session: live agent detection skill stations using Fentanyl analogs, fentanyl decontamination, and synthetic opioid clandestine lab operations (three levels of sophistication).

​​Next Gen Detection & Identification
Chris Weber, Smiths Detection    8hr

This hands-on breakout is fast paced and presented by Dr. Chris Weber with table top responses to real life incidents and simulated hot zone scenarios using actual chemical samples. We will run at least 10 chemical samples, typically five solids and five liquids, using detection papers, multi-gas meters, infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectrometers, and IMS trace detection.  Come see how all of the technology and equipment complements one another and how to optimally use it, given its capabilities​ and limitations. Orthogonal detection and accurate interpretation is the foundation of sound HazMat response. Learn what tools to use that are on your truck to get you home SAFE!

Advanced HazMat Management “THE SYSTEM” Street Smart Chemistry Five Steps to Success
Douglas C LeValley, Division Chief of Operations, Seminole Tribe Fire & Rescue along with Vince Cannuscio, Retired District Chief of Special Operations at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Dept.     8hr

​This intensive breakout is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, and confidence of HazMat Team members. The content of this program is an easy five step system to Street Smart Chemistry. Is it your responsibility within your organization to keep your HazMat Team members trained to the highest level of emergency response? If so, I would like to share with you this new and refreshing program that can make any hazardous materials incident, large or small, very easy to manage by using a five easy step system approach. First of all, put away all those reference materials, you won't need them. This system needs no cheat sheet or charts, it only adds confusion to the incident. Remember, we're not chemists, we're firefighters with certifications to act on a hazardous materials incident. “Think Safe & Simple” This 8 hour patented Advanced HazMat Management breakout presents what we call our "Five Steps to Success" SYSTEM Street Smart Chemistry. This breakthrough was created by one of our presenters, Douglas C. LeValley, an expert in the field of HazMat response.

This breakout takes HazMat response to a totally different level by presenting a five step system that no one has ever looked at before. It makes the HazMat response so simple that even non-HazMat personnel will understand within minutes. Again, there are no cheat sheets or charts needed with this proven five step system that will last throughout your professional careers. Plus, we'll refine participants' decision-making skills, enabling them to protect the public and the environment in the first few minutes of a HazMat incident that can make the difference. 

Our presenters will review numerous topics including 
PPE's SBCCOM 3-30 Rule of Engagement and simple extraction of need to know information from chemical & physical properties of known chemicals, also we'll discuss first-in technologies to an incident, RAD meter, CGI, Temp gun, pH paper, F paper, PID, FID, direct-reading instruments, review sampling & collection procedures per DOD & FBI CSM guidelines. The student will also be challenged with live chemistry, Solids, Liquids, Paste and Gels, while trying to identify unknown chemicals using your HazMat Teams' second-in technologies like infrared spectroscopy (HazMat ID) or Raman spectroscopy (Ahura First Defender/Tru-Defender). This methodology of instruction pulls the incident together, just like the real thing. This hands-on evolution builds confidence in your technologies and develops great teamwork.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018     8:00am - 5:00pm​
  
HazMat On Scene Incident Commander
Shon Christensen, HM07 Portland
(2 Day Breakout, Tues-Wed)

The breakout covers the role and requirements of the OSHA required HazMat Incident Commander Course. Using presentation and table top exercises, the student covers the necessary information for this position.

Advanced HazMat IQ
Troy Arthur, Federal Resources     8 hr

The HazMatIQ Advanced breakout builds upon the knowledge gained from our flagship 'Above the Line/Below the Line' program. The breakout will cover:

1. A brief reveiw of the foundational Above the Line/Below the Line system
2. Using complex scenarios, students will be challenged to think critically, expanding on the knowledge and skills gained from the Above the Line/Below the Line system.
2. Going Beyond Red 1!

Red 1, is the play for responding to unknowns, no match, or not sure. Utilizing an additional chart, students will be able to go from a Red 1 to the correct "play," using chemical trade names, synonyms, and/or chemical formulas. 

Prerequisite: Above the Line/Below the Line Training preferred, but not necessary.

Rail HazMat Methods of Mitigation and Case Studies for Common Leaks from Railcars
Justin Piper, BNSF Railway along with Jake Hammer, Union Pacific Railroad     4hr
Offered twice, both morning and afternoon

Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway will present concepts of mitigation for tank car releases to the students in this breakout.  Railroad tank car props/fittings and appliances will be provided for the hands-on exercise where students will practice applying magnetic patches, Midland Capping Kit, and C-Kits.  The rotations will involve accurately assessing the leaks, gauging pressure, describing the condition to mitigate the releases. UP and BNSF will present case studies from actual incidents including derailment response, pressure car incidents, as well as incidents involving common low pressure cars.  Students will learn about resources available to them including AskRail, FRA Crossing Locator and Transcaer. This breakout will be interactive with about 50% classroom and 50% hands-on. Students will need safety glasses, gloves, and closed toe shoes.

HazMat Grounding and Bonding
PRESENTATION LINK​

Jeff Stewart and Ben Sims, HM09 Tualatin    4hr
Offered twice, both morning and afternoon

Grounding and Bonding is a required skill that every HazMat technician needs to be proficient in.  In order to show proficiency, a Technician must be able to understand why we ground and bond as well as how to ground and bond.  A technician must be able to not only recognize when grounding and bonding is necessary but how to safely preform the task.  The participants of this breakout will leave with an advanced level of understanding and hands-on training in the art of grounding and bonding.

HazMat Chemistry Review with Focus on Properties Based Decision Making
Daniel Giles, HM02 Eugene     4hr
Offered twice, both morning and afternoon

This breakout will go over basic atomic structure and bonding review, demonstrations and properties exploration, and practice making decisions for given scenarios using a properties based approach.

Modern Day Team Leader
PRESENTATION LINK
Dave Pearson and Dan Mitchael, HM09 Tualatin     4hr
Offered twice, both morning and afternoon

​​In today's world of HazMat Emergency Response, we continue to see a widening level of complexity which puts an increased level of responsibility on the HazMat Team Leader.   Whether it's staffing challenges, new technology or increasing level of outside influences, the Team Leader Position is ever evolving and often one which never seems to be mastered anymore. This breakout is designed to inspire those that are new, challenge those that are veteran, and rejuvenate those that are becoming complacent. Please join us for a vibrant discussion where we as team members can share from past practices in an effort to provide common leadership practices amongst our ranks as HazMat Technicians.  This breakout will count towards the annual recertification for the OSFM Team Leader requirement.
 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018     8:00am - 5:00pm​
 
HazMat On Scene Incident Commander
Shon Christensen, HM07 Portland
(2 Day Breakout, Tues-Wed)

*Continued from Tuesday*

Next Gen Detection & Identification
Chris Weber, Smiths Detection    8hr

This hands-on breakout is fast paced and presented by Dr. Chris Weber with table top responses to real life incidents and simulated hot zone scenarios using actual chemical samples. We will run at least 10 chemical samples, typically five solids and five liquids, using detection papers, multi-gas meters, infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectrometers, and IMS trace detection.  Come see how all of the technology and equipment complements one another and how to optimally use it, given its capabilities and limitations. Orthogonal detection and accurate interpretation is the foundation of sound HazMat response. Learn what tools to use that are on your truck to get you home SAFE!

HazMat Chemistry Review with Focus on Properties Based Decision Making
Daniel Giles, HM02 Eugene     4hr
Offered twice, both morning and afternoon

This breakout will go over basic atomic structure and bonding review, demonstrations and properties exploration, and practice making decisions for given scenarios using a properties based approach.

Air Monitoring
Ben Sims and Jeff Stewart, HM09 Tualatin     4hr
Offered twice, both morning and afternoon

This breakout will cover concepts of air monitoring and will be a mix of lecture and hands-on using Rae Systems monitors commonly used by OSFM HazMat Teams.

Rail HazMat Methods of Mitigation and Case Studies for Common Leaks from Railcars
Justin Piper, BNSF Railway along with Jake Hammer, Union Pacific Railroad     4hr
Offered twice, both morning and afternoon

​Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway will present concepts of mitigation for tank car releases to the students in this breakout.  Railroad tank car props/fittings and appliances will be provided for the hands-on exercise where students will practice applying magnetic patches, Midland Capping Kit, and C-Kits.  The rotations will involve accurately assessing the leaks, gauging pressure, describing the condition to mitigate the releases. UP and BNSF will present case studies from actual incidents including derailment response, pressure car incidents, as well as incidents involving common low pressure cars.  Students will learn about resources available to them including AskRail, FRA Crossing Locator and Transcaer. This breakout will be interactive with about 50% classroom and 50% hands-on. Students will need safety glasses, gloves, and closed toe shoes.

LUNCH HOUR PRESENTATION
“Cancer is REAL, I’m NOT Making This Up: Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service”
Jon Peterson, Captain/EMT-1, Medford Fire-Rescue     1hr

During this presentation, we will be reviewing some firefighter cancer studies. Is there a real firefighter cancer problem out there? What are we doing about it? We will discuss your role as a firefighter to help prevent cancer, as well as the department and administrative roles in preventing cancer in firefighters. We discuss what the State of Oregon is doing to help support firefighters with cancer, and share resources and programs to help firefighters who are fighting this cancer battle right now.​

 
​Thursday, April 19, 2018     8:00am - 3:00pm​
  
Radioactive Material Transport in Oregon
Ken Niles, Assistant Director for Nuclear Safety, Oregon Department of Energy     2hr     
Offered once at 8:00AM to 10:00AM, on this day only

Small amounts of radioactive materials are shipped throughout Oregon virtually every day. That's in addition to the 300-400 placarded radioactive shipments that travel in Oregon each year. Through the years, Oregon has seen dramatic fluctuations in the numbers of shipments and the routes that have been used. Thousands of shipments of radioactive materials will eventually leave the Hanford nuclear site and travel through Oregon to disposal sites in other states. This breakout will provide an overview of the State of Oregon's radioactive material transportation program; a historical look at past shipments; a current overview of what's on the road today and where it travels; and a look into the future at some high-profile, highly radioactive shipments that will eventually travel through the state.

Advancements in FT-IR & Raman Based Chemical Identification in the Hot Zone
Dr. Eric Roy, Detection Program Manager,    2hr
Offered twice at 8:00AM to 10:00AM and 10:00AM to 12:00PM, on this day only

Handheld Raman-and FT-IR based chemical detectors have been used by HazMat, Military, and Security personnel to identify unknown chemicals for more than a decade.  While these two detection techniques have been staples in the HazMat toolbox, there has been significant innovation in recent years that is changing the best-practices CONOPS surrounding these types of identification tools.  This breakout will have three goals: 1. Provide responders with an update to the strengths/limitations of handheld Raman/FTIR techniques. This will be taught within the context of success stories/shortcomings from actual field events.  2. Introduce sampling tricks that expand the utility of existing FT-IR and Raman-based chemical detectors, which have been developed by First Responder, Military, and Industry/SME personnel.  3. Introduce a next-generation technique that allows unknown chemicals to be identified through opaque containers using Raman spectroscopy.  This capability is particularly timely in the context of the synthetic opioid threat to First Responders. The breakout will be mostly interactive and have a strong hands-on component.

HazMat Response to Ammonia Emergencies with Emphasis on the First 30 Minutes
Gary Smith, President along with Will Grass of the Ammonia Safety and Training Institute     2hr   
Offered three times, this day only

This breakout will be using professionally accepted analysis tools to evaluate large events in the ammonia and chemical industries, including the West, Texas ammonium nitrate explosion.

Hazardous Material Incidents on Oregon State Highways
Tom Davis, District 14 Operations Coordinator along with Darin Weaver, Statewide Incident Management Coordinator for ODOT     2hr   
Offered three times, this day only

​This two hour interactive breakout presentation, with brief outside demo of vehicle, will educate both ODOT and the HazMat Teams what each other's roles and responsibilities are. Topics would include:

The HazMat Teams' roles and responsibilities on an incident: This would include information on activating a team, a brief explanation of the HazMat Standard Operating Guidelines, and levels of response.

What is ODOT's role and responsibilities on an incident: This would cover who is the road authority, what tasks can ODOT trained employees perform on an incident (describing the different levels of our training), clearance time requirements, OSP/ODOT Mutual Assistance Agreement, and the new "ODOT First Responder Guide to Highway Incident Response" book.

Outreach Programs and Partnership: We will discuss some of our recent activities that we've been engaged in across the state to try and enhance the understanding and coordination between the agencies and we'll also outline specific activities that attendees can engage in right now to enhance this very important relationship in their respective areas. This topic would cover how to become partners between local HazMat Teams and ODOT to do outreach programs to first responders and others that may respond to an incident. This would involve the National Traffic Incident Management Training Program and the local HazMat Team Outreach Program. This topic would touch bases on how to do a partnership.

Case History and Scenarios: Show past HazMat incidents, discuss issues and how things could have worked better. We will bring an ODOT Dedicated Incident Response vehicle to show the capabilities of the vehicle and the staff, and provide an overview of the dedicated responder program across the state.

Closing: Are there things that are working well? Are there things that are not working well? Suggestions for improvements?

Recognizing Explosives, Homemade Explosives and Devices
Shon Christensen, HM07 Portland     2hr
Offered three times, this day only

This lecture style breakout will cover explosive recognition and detection. Topics included will be recognition of commercial, military, and homemade explosives and devices.

Case Reviews of HazMat Calls in Portland
Bryan Profit, HM07 Portland     2hr
Offered twice at 8:00AM to 10:00AM and 10:00AM to 12:00PM, on this day only

This breakout will be reviewing case studies that occurred in the Portland area, including two rail emergencies, two highway incidents, and other HazMat calls.​

Fentanyl: Trends, Recent Seizures, and Safe Handling Practices for First Responders
UNABLE TO SHARE PRESENTATION

Shana Irby, Drug Enforcement Administration
Offered three times, this day only

​Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is generally used as a presecription drug that mimics the effects of morphine. Unfortunately, the use of fentanyl has been capitalized on by both domestic and foreign criminal organizations to modify the effects of heroin and certain other controlled substances. Due to the potency of these synthetic opioid derivatives, there has been a significant increase in overdose related deaths and law enforcement and first responder exposures during incidents. The presentation will cover personnel protective equipment selection, hazard recognition, and medical countermeasures for potential emergency responder exposure.

RAE Systems by Honeywell Detection Monitors Overview
Shaun Ralton and Lonnie Toby, RAE Systems by Honeywell     2hr
Offered once at 1:00PM to 3:00PM, on this day only

This breakout is an overview of equipment that the Office of State Fire Marshal has purchased for the HazMat Teams, such as the Echoview Host, MiniRAE, MultiRAE, and UltraRAE along with instruction on how to use the docking station of each. He will also give an AreaRAE Plus & Pro overview of improvements made over the legacy AreaRAE, concluding with a real time gas detection demonstration using the ProRAE Guardian software platform.

  
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