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Peer Review

A Half-hour to Tragedy

by U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 15, 2009 by Fire Safety
Overview: CSB's final written report on a tragedy, which killed two emergency responders and two propane technicians. Outstanding material. Very informative
Type of Material: This is a animated video
Recommended Uses: Motivation and training for first responders and those working in the HazMat Response, LPG industry, or as a case study for any emergency response training. Use in initial and recurring training.
Technical Requirements: Plug-ins for browser are minimal from the YouTube site. Flash is requaired fromm the mirror site
Identify Major Learning Goals: Understanding how a lack of necessary training for propane technicians, and a lack of awareness among technicians and responders can lead to catastrophic consequences. Effective for for 911 operators and responding personnel.
Target Student Population: Fire Academy; early Associates Degree or Freshman level; Incident command training; recurring training for all emergency responders.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Visual effects demonstrate the chemical and physical properties as well as the errors in decision-making that came from a lack of total awareness and hazard recognition. Precise and to the point.
Concerns: none

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Extremely effective. This should get the point across to everyone about how to handle HazMat emergencies, in particular propane. Visual effects dramatically demonstrate consequences of the errors in decision-making and as such enhance student retention by making the material extremely relevant.
Concerns: none

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The video itself is extremely easy to use. Use it with other HazMat lessons and it will really get the point across. The video can be obtained on DVD for free.
Concerns: none

Other Issues and Comments: NONE

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States