Smartphone HAZMAT App’s

Having instant access to hazardous material resources is not only invaluable, but necessary. Download these free apps to your smartphone. I’ve used mine just out of curiosity when seeing a unusual looking tanker with a placard number I had never seen before. Easy to use, and did I mention free?

As always, the ubiquitous DOT ERG guide that you all should be familiar with.

Another, more extensive resource is WISER. WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) is a mobile application designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. It’s also free.

The WISER app has extensive capabilities! Of note is the ability to set User Profiles that enable users to specify the role they are currently playing at the scene of an incident: first responder, HAZMAT specialist, EMS specialist, hospital provider, or preparedness planner. The key information presented to the user about a substance varies depending on this role, so that the information most relevant to the respective job can be quickly accessed.

Download these and try them out to familiarize yourself with them before needing them. Do you have any others? Feel free to comment!


NFPA 1917: Understanding NFPA’s new ambulance rule

“Speed governed for maximum speed of 77 mph.” WHAT?!

“The standard presents general requirements for ambulance design and performance, along with standalone chapters for ambulance components including chassis, patient compartment, low-voltage electrical systems and warning devices, and line voltage electrical systems. NFPA 1917 also specifies provisions for test methods.”

Read the full article here: Understanding NFPA’s new ambulance rule.