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Errick Braggs

Graphic Designer of "Hazardous Materials For First Responders, 6th Edition"

February 6, 2023

Errick Braggs started his career in 1995 after graduating OSU-Institute of Technology with an associate degree in graphic design. He worked in the advertising agency industry for several years until after the birth of his first child, when he transitioned his career path to corporate, in-house design jobs. In 2008 Errick began working as a senior graphic designer, with OSU’s Fire Protection Publications. Not only does he work for Oklahoma’s greatest university, but he also earned a BFA from OSU in 2014. Putting his education and experience to good use, he helps produce training manuals and educational materials for professional firefighters. Errick said, “Fire Protection Publications' books are widely used within the United States but are also translated into nine other languages and used worldwide. The impact of my work here saves lives and changes the world, and I love that.”

The purpose of this manual is to provide emergency response personnel with the information they need to take appropriate initial actions at hazardous materials spills or releases and WMD incidents. This manual is limited to giving detailed information about initial and primarily defensive operations. More advanced procedures require assistance from hazardous materials technicians who have specialized training. The scope of this manual is to train emergency response personnel to meet the Awareness, Operations, and Operations Mission-Specific job performance requirements (JPRs) in chapters 5, 7, and 9 of NFPA 470, Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Standard for Responders, 2022 Edition. It addresses the emergency response personnel’s responsibility to recognize the presence of hazardous materials and WMDs, secure the area, don personnel protection, and request the assistance of trained technicians and law enforcement personnel, when necessary. Additionally, it addresses the control of hazardous materials releases and WMDs using operations for which the responders have been trained.


Last Updated: 8 February 2023