Chief Retired Orlando Fire Department Clermont, FL
Hazardous materials behave in a way consistent with their physical properties, and these physical properties can be predicted if the responder understands the composition and architecture of the material. In this workshop, several incident types will be analyzed through use of case study video. Participants will analyze common characteristics and differences in these incidents based upon the materials' properties. The instructors will guide participants in recognizing common patterns in physical properties related to the composition of the hazardous material involved in each incident. Armed with a better understanding of the chemical principles that can be used to predict physical properties, responders will be better equipped to respond to the next incident and better understand what their meters are telling them during these emergencies.
The participant will be able to describe how molecules in a material interact and how these interactions affect the phase of matter, vapor pressure and flash point of that material.
The participant will be able to classify a material by interaction type to predict the behavior of various hazardous materials.
The responder will be able to predict the behavior of their 4 gas meter because of their ability to understand interaction types.