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Winter 2016 "Technician" AAR

The AAR (After Action Report) or presentation for the "Post-Incident Critique" was submitted by the winter 2016 Madonna University Students as an outline for their final "Crtique" after last weeks scenario in the field.

Their was a number of positive leadership concepts that they naturally seemed to have no issue with as is seen in many first-time response students to a hazardous materials incident. 

As you can see by the log-book "time-line" taken from their SSP (Site Safety Plan) they sized-up the situation and made their initial choices as to level of CPC and initial tasks to be performed in the span of 30 minutes. This was a bold move and demonstrated skill confidence beyond "their first response!" 

This was commended as they followed their guidelines for response;

1] Identification

2] Prioritize

3] Mitigate

4] Environmental Recommendations 

Their analysis using the "Chem-Cat" device dictated their prioritization of the following hazards listed in the table below. In addition towards making prudent and safe decisions with this tool their "lessons-learned" were as follows.

1] Decontamination Plan - 

A more exact plan for actual decontamination procedure needed to be "in-place". The students found that mis-communication led to cross-contamination within the decontamination line. This is accomplished through frequent practical training and Team inter-communication.

2] CPC - Dressout

Some decontamination "dry" techniques were complicated due to a entry-team members confusion over the dress-out order between level "A" and level "B" ensembles'. 

3] Communication - 

The students found that a system of remote communication MUST be in-place. whether it be hand signals or portable radio, communication issues slowed the response coordination and increased personnel hazards.

All three of these items "could" be remedied by practical training, although it is strongly recommended that some sort of remote, portable, communication devices be in place. Given the limited equipment, in-experience, and "first-time-out" scenario, the students were still able to successfully ID, decision make, and mitigate this multiple hazard scenario. They will all be assets to the Emergency Management Field in their future.

                    Haz Mat Mike


SITE PLAN                              12 April 2016

1800 Hours               Alarmed to Macomb Community College East Campus

1830 Hours               Responded to spill

1858 Hours               Technicians Dressed & on air

1900 Hours               Entry team entered hot zone

1902 Hours               Decontamination Technicians on air & stationed 

1910 Hours               Entry team retrieved chemical samples & entered decon                   

1914 Hours               Cross contamination (suits)

1916 Hours               Entry team clear of decon

1922 Hours               Decon team clear

1925 Hours               Debrief

1932 Hours               Chemcat Testing [flame test, pH, Specific Gravity, Iodine, Cyanide]

1942 Hours               Chemcat Testing complete

1945 Hours               Debrief

2051 Hours               Preparation for second entry [entry & decon team]

2057 Hours               Entry team enters hot zone           

2100 Hours               Decon entry

2110 Hours               Decon complete

2115 Hours               Debrief
















Specific Gravity



#1 Yellow




<1 (insol)

Slightly +



#2 Pink

Non Flammable



<1 (insol)




#3 Clear

Non Flammable



=1 (sol)




#4 Baby Blue




<1 (insol)




#5 Yellow

Non Flammable



=1 (sol)




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