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SAFER Meeting - December 2016

  • City of Sante Fe Springs 11300 Greenstone Ave Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 USA (map)

December 2016 SAFER Meeting 


Hosted by City of Santa Fe Springs California


Escondido Bomb Factory Response  


Nick Vent, County of San Diego, Environmental Health Department, Hazardous Materials Division (Retired)

Escondido Bomb Factory Response – 
Or how do you get to the point that the only good option is to burn down the house?


The course will quickly cover an overview of how the response unfolded from November 18, 2010 to December 9, 2010 when the house was burned to the ground in 45 minutes.  Unified command (60 agencies involved) was essential to the success of this response and gaining the support of the community was a must.  We will talk about how EOD, Hazmat, and SWAT were blended to complete this task. How the air modeling programs you think work did not come through in the beginning but were modified by various groups to provide the info we really needed.   
This bomb-making factory response required the use of many unique analytical tools, field instrumentation, sampling, and interagency cooperation in work planning and public safety. It also required the use of a comprehensive command structure we all strive to have in place during these types of events.  An incident of this kind truly shows how the Next Generation of Hazmat responses won’t look like what we have expected to see in the past. 
Nick Vent retired as a Supervising Environmental Health Specialist from the County of San Diego, Environmental Health Department, Hazardous Materials Division (HMD) in March 2014. He managed the County of San Diego’s Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT), which responds to all hazardous chemical releases in a jurisdiction of 4200 square miles with 18 cities. Mr. Vent is an award winning, state certified hazardous materials response instructor with 30 plus years’ experience training and certifying fire, law enforcement, and environmental professionals who respond to chemical emergencies.

Breakfast snacks provided
Come join us for the monthly S.A.F.E.R. meeting.  Vendor displays & networking.

Meeting Contact:  Tony Durán, Treasurer
Cell: 626- 590-2991

Earlier Event: October 21
SAFER Meeting - October 2016
Later Event: January 20
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