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Firefighter Rescue and Hazmat

This event was recorded Thu, Jan 24, 2019 12:00 PM CST{LOCAL_TZ} and is now available for on demand viewing.

A certificate of attendance will be offered.

Sponsored by: 

Dräger Inc.

Event Description:

When there is a possibility of victim rescue, firefighters often swing the risk vs. gain decision in favor of entering the toxic atmosphere. Fire conditions and victim survivability are quickly assessed, knowing a self-contained breathing apparatus will provide fresh breathing air in an immediately dangerous to life or health environment. Modern products of combustion are extremely toxic and contain numerous chemicals, and the environment can be extremely challenging because of heat, low visibility, fire conditions, and the potential for the environment to get even worse. 

Then, why is it that we go in when smoke is showing but often stage for the hazmat team when chemicals may be present? The webcast delves into this issue through interactive discussion and analysis of case histories, the dispelling of myths, and reviewing actions responders can take at these incidents.

Presented by:

Phil Ambrose
Captain/Paramedic/Hazmat Specialist
Glendale (CA) Fire Department

Phil Ambrose founded his company HazSim in 2011 and joined the Glendale (Calif.) Fire Department in 2001, where he serves as a fire captain, a paramedic and a hazmat specialist. Additionally, he spent eight years as a hazardous materials expert with UCLA. He also earned the FBI’s Exceptional Public Service Award for his work on their hazardous materials response team. Phil is also editor for, part of the Fire Engineering Blog Network and will be teaching for the third time in a row at FDIC 2019.

In addition to founding HazSim and HazMatNation, Phil Ambrose is a Fire Captain/Hazardous Materials Specialist for a metropolitan fire department in Southern California. Prior to joining the fire service, Phil held positions within EH&S and Hazardous/Radioactive materials management with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and biotech leader, Amgen. As Hazardous Waste Manager/ Hazardous Materials Specialist for UCLA, Phil served as training officer for the UCLA Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT), was UCLAs representative for a system-wide hazardous waste committee which included National Labs, and managed the removal of chemical, radioactive and biological waste from the campus and the UCLA Medical Center.

Phil received the Exceptional Public Service Award from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for serving as a training liaison to their Hazardous Materials Response Team, and is currently the Board Secretary of the LA Based Consortium of Technical Responders (CTR). Phil has had positions in several areas of hazardous materials; including waste management, radiation safety, training, and regulatory management within University, Hospital, Industry, and Municipal jurisdictions since 1994. Phil has trained members of fire, law enforcement, and Industry and is a certified outreach instructor. Phil holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, is a certified Paramedic, and holds several Hazardous Materials certifications. He has also conducted hundreds of hands-on training courses around the nation. The HazSim system is in use in municipal, military and private venues across the U.S. and was granted three U.S. Patents.

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