On August 14, 2010, members of the Wilmington Fire Department / NC RRT-2 Hazardous Materials Response Team took first place at the annual Haz-Mat Challenge held during the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in Raleigh. Team members were Master Firefighter J.W. Brown, Master Firefighter W.A. Kraus, Master Firefighter D.C. Mickler, and Captain J.H. Stephenson.
The competition consisted of various stations which simulate the activities hazardous materials technicians may be faced with on an emergency call. The stations included capping a leaking valve on a chlorine train car, over-packing and transporting a leaking drum, applying a pneumatic patch to a leaking drum, and removing a downed victim.
The challenge also gives team members the opportunity to network with fellow technicians from around the state and discuss recent incidents, lessons learned and planning for additional training opportunities in the coming year.
Wilmington's Haz-Mat team competed against teams from Asheville, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Williamston and Monroe. Wilmington had a winning time of 5 minutes, 11 seconds.
In addition to the challenge, team members also attended additional training offered at the Expo, as well as an emergency response to a live power line demonstration by members of Progress Energy’s training division.
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