Most hazardous materials, or hazmat responses involve everyday accidents: fuel or chemical spills from overturned trucks, natural gas leaks from ruptured lines, or mercury rolling free of containers. As head of the hazmat response team for the fire department of Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city and second busiest port, Troy Lilley has learned that approaching any of these seemingly known materials has to be done carefully.
“You [must be] very cautious. It may look like water and may act like water by not evaporating, but it may not be water. It may be something that causes cancer 10 years down the road,” he said. Read More »