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Kimberly Edwards

Author and Editor of "Hazardous Materials For First Responders, 6th Edition"

February 6, 2023

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Kimberly Edwards made quite a few stops before returning to work in Stillwater as a senior editor for Fire Protection Publications. Ms. Edwards spent 18 years in Washington, D.C. developing and implementing military and government policies, acquisition requirements, and emergency response plans. Throughout the past 30 years she has received numerous awards and letters of commendation for work at career and volunteer emergency response organizations and in business. When she is not traveling the world or playing with her dog, she applies her degrees in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, Fire and Explosion Investigations, and Loss Prevention and Safety to developing IFSTA manuals. Most recently, she has served as the lead senior editor of the IFSTA validated, “Company Officer, 7th Edition.”

The purpose of "Hazardous Materials For First Responders, 6th Edition" 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 March 2023