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CHEMICAL SUICIDE HAZMATREFRESHER BOONE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT.

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1 CHEMICAL SUICIDE HAZMATREFRESHER BOONE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

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3 Provide firefighters with a guideline for identifying key components of a chemical suicide and then tools to handle those incidents Purpose

4 Not just your typical Emergency: 32B03 – MAN DOWN UNK PROBLEM 60D4O – GAS ODOR INSIDE

5 USE CAUTION

6 BE ON YOUR TOES Unconscious IndividualsUnconscious Individuals Tape over vents, doors, and windowsTape over vents, doors, and windows Suicide NoteSuicide Note Posted Warning to First Responders of Present DangerPosted Warning to First Responders of Present Danger Chemical containers in and around the vehicle or roomChemical containers in and around the vehicle or room Smell of Rotten EggsSmell of Rotten Eggs

7 H2S Common Name: HYDROGEN SULFIDE DOT Number: UN 1053 NAERG Code: 117 CAS Number: Hazard rating: NJDHSS NFPA FLAMMABILITY: - 4 REACTIVITY: - 0 FLAMMABLE -EXPLOSIVE

8 Chemicals Used Include but NOT limited to: Bonide Sulfur Spray- Insecticide Bonide Sulfur Spray- Insecticide Hydrochloric (Muriatic) Acid (Pool Chemical) Hydrochloric (Muriatic) Acid (Pool Chemical) Toilet Bowl Cleaner Toilet Bowl Cleaner Laundry Detergent Laundry Detergent

9 Mechanism of Action How it works Acts as an irritant and chemical asphyxiant Acts as a relaxant of smooth muscle---Vasodilator Mitochondrial Poison (Similar to Cyanide) Prevents oxygen transport by binding with hemoglobin in red blood cells Once in the body it is rapidly distributed to various organs – CNS, Lungs, Liver, etc. Naturally Produced in the Body High values present in people who have: – Alzheimers Disease – Down Syndrome – Type 1 Diabetes

10 Interventions Set Parameters Establish a HOT zone 100 meters minimum Emergency Decon? EMS High Flow 02 H2S acts like Cyanide poisoning and binds with hemoglobin IDLH 100 ppm 700 ppm 1 breath = DEATH

11 Plant and Animal Breakdown Swamps / Bogs Hot Springs Waste Disposal Sewers Paper Manufacturers 0.13 ppm 0.13 ppm Whats that Smell?

12 Sugar Creek, MO Dec. 22, 2009 A man used hydrogen cyanide chemicals to kill himself in a confined pickup truck. A man used hydrogen cyanide chemicals to kill himself in a confined pickup truck. Four responders and a family member were exposed to the toxic gases from inside the vehicle. Four responders and a family member were exposed to the toxic gases from inside the vehicle. All five were just taken to the hospital as a precaution. All five were just taken to the hospital as a precaution. No warning note was found on the truck. No warning note was found on the truck. The man worked in a lab and had access to cyanide. The man worked in a lab and had access to cyanide. Two containers were found in the truck Two containers were found in the truck


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