Battalion Chief Ventura County Fire Dept. Moorpark, CA
Recent Wildfires in California have provided us with many hazardous materials challenges in the wildland urban interface. Evacuating versus sheltering in place, containment, monitoring, public information, risk versus gain, mitigation, and politics were just some of the challenges the Ventura County Fire Department and other California fire agencies faced in the recent wildfires. Some topics we will discuss are the challenges and solutions utilized to mitigate natural oil seep fires, an oil storage tank fire and the threat to the Rocketdyne facility in Simi Valley which is a superfund site. We will also discuss relationships and who can help when the crazy Ivans happen, resources are limited and thinking outside of the box is needed. The workshop concludes with group exercises to practice some of the lessons and ideas learned along with your own experiences and ideas.
The participant will recognize potential situations where hazardous materials may become involved during a wildland fire incident.
The participant will identify partners who can assist with handling an incident within an incident involving hazardous materials.
The participant will work together in a small group to address a simulation of an incident within an incident involving hazardous materials.