Lower Southampton Fire Department

LSFD Members Participate in Regional HazMat Training


Saturday, June 2, 2012

This weekend Lieutenant Dan Walsh and Firefighter Bill James participated in a training exercise with The Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force. 


The Task Force was formed in 1998 in response to a growing awareness of the threat of terrorism. The force is staffed by five counties; Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia. In recent years, the Task Force has broadened its focus to include all hazards including natural disasters. The Task Force continually trains and prepares for catastrophic events, and has been deployed many times.


This weekend's event took place at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. All five counties that make up the task force participated in the training.


This scenario based training simulated a dangerous chemical being released into the air. Teams from each county were required to determine what type of chemical was released, the danger associated with it, and how to mitigate the situation. Each team had an opportunity to gear up in full Hazmat suits and stop the release.


Walsh and James assisted by manning the decontamination station. They removed contaminants from the Hazmat technicians after they completed their mission of controlling and containing the hazardous gas.  After the clean-up they used test equipment to determine if the participant was cleared to leave the hazardous zone.


The exercises were a success, and should instill confidence in the residents of the region that if an incident like this should occur; the Task Force is prepared to quickly and safely control the event.

Submitted By Dan Walsh