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Chemical Safety Board to Convene September 28, 2016 Public Meeting in Charleston, WV to Release Final Report and Safety Recommendations Resulting from Freedom Industries Investigation

Washington, DC, September, 15, 2016 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will convene a public meeting on, September 28, 2016, at 6:00 pm EDT at the Four Points by Sheraton located in Charleston, WV, to release its final report and safety recommendations into the January 9, 2014, chemical storage tank leak that contaminated the drinking water of up to 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia Counties.

At the meeting, the Board will hear a presentation from the investigative staff on their draft investigation report and related safety recommendations. The Board will also hear comments from the community.  At the conclusion of the staff presentation, the Board may vote on the final report.

Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said, “Protecting people and the environment is the cornerstone of our mission. The CSB is focused on the completion of the investigation into this incident which affected hundreds of thousands of residents in West Virginia.  By sharing the lessons learned from the Freedom Industries investigations, we will raise communities’ awareness about the possible impact of a similar event. The Board looks forward to sharing its findings and hearing from the public.”

The meeting is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required, but to assure adequate seating attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-register by emailing their names and affiliations to

The meeting will also be webcast live and free of charge. Details about the webcast will be available at www.csb.govcloser to the time of the meeting.

The CSB is an independent Federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agency’s Board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but makes safety recommendations to companies, industry organizations, labor groups, regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA and others. Please visit our website,

For more information, please contact the CSB’s Office of Public Affairs at

National Campus Fire Safety Month

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September 2016 is the twelfth annual National Campus Fire Safety Month. Since the program started in 2005, it has seen a lot of growth with more schools and communities doing fire safety education programs. Over 350 proclamations have been signed by the nation’s governors during this time, but most importantly, we have seen fire deaths going down.


For the first time, in the 2014/2015 academic year, there were no college-related fire deaths since I started keeping track in 2000. I really believe this is because of what everyone is doing to raise awareness among students and parents about fire-safe housing and practices, so thank you for all that you are doing!


In addition, since 2005, there have not been any fatal fires in residence halls or Greek housing, which is a testimony to what schools are doing on their campuses. Yes, for the past 11 years, there have been zero fire deaths in residence halls, fraternities and sororities.




As we get close to September 1, if you are looking for free resources that you can use on your campus or in your community, you can find the “Campus Firewatch At-a-Glance” list of videos, posters and other tools on the Campus Firewatch website. Many of these were developed under FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grants to organizations such as the Michael H. Minger Foundation and the Clery Center for Security on Campus, and we want to make them as widely available as possible for everyone to use. They include tools such as…

and much more.


If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know!


Ed Comeau

Wash Your Gear!!!

When our gear is exposed to the products of combustion it needs to be cleaned each and every time . This includes your helmet. Remember the lining of your helmet has cloth that holds the products of combustion. The front door of every structure fire and vehicle fire should display the skull and crossbones symbol we see so often in HazMat related incidents.  The reason is because the chemicals we are exposed to in the fire were once in a 55 gallon drum headed to a manufacture to make the very contents of the buildings and vehicles we fight fires in. Once on fire these chemicals break down into the very products contained in the 55 gallon drum.
Point being:  If you were exposed to  the chemicals from the 55 gallon drum  you would fight hard to get them off you. So why don’t you treat the exposure to your gear in the same manner. The answer is simple ouof sight out of mind, You can not see it. But believe me it is very real and is present on your gear. So I ask you to take the following steps to safe guard yourself.
  1. After every fire your gear is exposed to no mater how small, WASH YOUR GEAR
  2. Never take  home uniforms that have been exposed and wash them with your families clothes
  3. Always take a shower right away after an exposure
  4. Never use your gear to wrap up your newborn for those cool photos , we all did it . Stop it
  5. Always wear your SCBA until the air has been checked and monitored. Remember the SCBA is protecting you against the air you breath not the fire . And as smart firefighters we know the worse environment for us to breath is in the overhaul phase of the incident.
So for you young guys who think nothing ever happens to you .  Go visit Chief Frye over the next few weeks , hold his head as he vomits from the poison they are placing in his body, sit with him as his hair falls out, pray with him as he wonders what tomorrow will bring . The best thing you can do for Jon is to protect yourself from being the next victim of cancer .


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