Welcome and Introduction
Confined spaces are becoming more of a hazardous materials incident than a technical rescue incident. This case study discusses two incidents that happened in the Phoenix area that resulted in the deaths of 5 people total. Each incident contained different products and different tactics were employed for each. What is the responsibility of the Hazmat Team on these incidents? How does product identification effect the rescue/recovery? What is the PPE choice? These plus other factors will be explored in this discussion.
Jeff Zientek is a retired Fire Captain who served 33 years with the Phoenix Fire Department. Jeff title was On-Duty Safety Officer, and he responded to all hazardous materials incidents, technical rescue incidents, and all greater alarm fires, not only in Phoenix, but the surrounding 27 other fire departments in the Phoenix automatic aid system, covering approximately 2000 square miles. Jeff is a certified Technical Rescue Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Helicopter Rescue Crew Chief and when not responding and working special operations incidents his responsibilities included; evaluation, purchasing, and inventory of all the hazardous materials equipment used by the 6 Phoenix Hazardous Material Teams, assisting with continued education classes for the Hazmat and Technical Rescue technicians in Phoenix and surrounding agencies, managing the helicopter rescue program by continued training of rescue Crew Chiefs, ground crews, and coordination with the Phoenix Police Department rescue pilots.
Jeff was a member of the FEMA team, Arizona Task Force 1 (AZTF-1) beginning in 1995, and was responsible for maintaining the hazardous materials cache and equipment, along with training and continuing education of current hazmat members. In addition, Jeff was an appointed member of the Hazardous Materials Workgroup for FEMA, and along with other members from around the country, worked to keep consistency for the teams in relation to, training, procedures, & equipment. In his time with FEMA he has been on deployments to Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics, 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City, and the devastating hurricanes of 2005 in southern U.S. (Katrina/Rita).
Jeff is also the author of the book “Hazmat Response; A Field Operations Guide” which gives 1st responders and Hazmat Technicians critical information for working a hazardous materials incident. The book is currently in its 2nd Edition. In his spare time, he likes to ride his mountain or road bike, hike the many trails and canyons in AZ, and ride his motorcycle across the country.