With terrorist groups expanding their weapons of destruction beyond bombs and bullets, chemical and biological warfare agents aren't merely limited to the battlefield anymore. In some cases, they are now being used on a new front: major metropolitan cities. And in the Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents, emergency response personnel-from HazMat and Police SWAT teams to Explosive Ordinance Disposal units-will find a myriad of information on how to deal with such incidents involving dangerous chemical and biological agents.The 504-page book is formatted into a series of indices developed to facilitate rapid access to key information on chemical, biological and toxin agents, with each index cross-referenced to all others. The wealth of data not only include the physical appearance, odor, signs and symptoms of dangerous materials such as nerve agents and vesicants, but the detection and removal of such agents and the treatment of victims. Author D. Hank Ellison, a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emergency responder and officer in the Chemical Corps who provides chemical and biological counterterrorism training to HazMat, Police SWAT and Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams, also includes a litany of guidelines from such sources as the US Army, DOT and other agencies.
Provides all the information emergency response teams need to deal with lethal materials, from the physical appearance and symptoms to their detection and removal, and the treatment of victims.
About the Author
D. Hank Ellison, C.H.M.M., has served active duty in the United States Army as both an enlisted infantry soldier and a commissioned officer in the Chemical Corps. At the time of his service, Mr. Ellison was one of a very limited number of Airborne Ranger Chemical Officers in the Army. Serving as a Chemical Officer with both an infantry battalion and artillery battalion in the 101 st Airborne Division, Mr. Ellison was responsible for managing training in all aspects of nuclear, biological, and chemical defense. Mr. Ellison was also an instructor on the construction and deployment of improvised flame munitions.
Mr. Ellison was employed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as both a Remedial Project Manager and Federal On-Scene Coordinator. As a Remedial Project Manager in the Superfund Program, he managed the investigation and remediation of various hazardous waste sites. As an On-Scene Coordinator, he has responded to and managed numerous types of hazardous material emergencies throughout the Midwest. Mr. Ellison received numerous awards while employed at the EPA including a Bronze Medal for Commendable Service and he was named the 1994 Region 5 On-Scene Coordinator of the Year.
Mr. Ellison is president of Cerberus & Associates, Inc. and as a private consultant, has responded to both transportation and fixed facility hazardous material incidents throughout the state of Michigan. He has acted as incident commander, safety officer, and response specialist at scenes involving chemical fires, water reactive materials, and shock sensitive materials. He has provided chemical and biological counterterrorism training to members of hazardous materials (HazMat) teams, police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams, and Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) teams.