Saturday, December 18th, 2021
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Team 800 was requested at approximately 2000 hrs to assist and support New Kensington City FD with the containment and mitigation of a vehicle accident involving two 55 gallon drums of used oil damage...
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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Team 800 responded at 0108 hrs to a cold storage and food distribution warehouse to assist first due companies comprised of equipment from 5 departments for an ammonia alarm going off. First in person...
Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Assisting "Crash 121" for airport response.
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Assisting Station 105 in Rostraver Township
Thursday, November 4th, 2021
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Team 800 members spend hundreds of hours of advanced training every year and have fun doing it!
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Bill was a long time member of Team 800 and was in integral part of our radiological response and served as a radiological officer. Bill was also State Fire Academy Local Level Instructor AHA/ASHI CP...
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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Check out the PAHAZMAT VODC conference here: https://pahazmat.com/pahmt-2020-vodc/home-2020conf.html
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
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Team 800 dedicated Marine 800 to service September 3, 2019. The Board of Commissioners and retired USCG Security Specialist with the Maritime Security Unit of Pittsburgh christened the landing craft ...
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PADOH Ebola Information
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Ebola
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) has been monitoring the Ebola outbreak since it began earlier this year and will continue to do so – particularly in light of the first case being confirmed in the U.S.
The department is in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), county and municipal health departments across the state, hospital and medical associations, individual healthcare facilities, EMS providers, and other partners to monitor the situation. The PADOH will support the investigation of any suspect cases and provide guidance and information on infection control protocols and procedures to ensure the health and safety of all healthcare workers, patients, visitors and the general public.
Additionally, PADOH continues to share important information and CDC advisories and alerts to healthcare professionals to heighten awareness of possible cases, request reporting of any suspect cases and reiterate infection control procedures.
The Ebola Outbreak
Where has Ebola been reported?
Ebola viruses are found in several African countries. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in Africa. The natural reservoir host of Ebola virus remains unknown. However, on the basis of evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is animal-borne and that bats are the most likely reservoir. Four of the five virus strains occur in an animal host native to Africa. West Africa is currently experiencing history’s largest outbreak of the disease in the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
On September 30, 2014, the United States confirmed its first case of Ebola in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. and died from the disease on October 8. The CDC and other public health officials are working to prevent the spread of this disease by identifying people who had close contact with the patient and monitoring them for several weeks.
Ebola can ONLY be spread by directly touching an infected person or animal’s skin, blood or body fluids – you cannot get the virus simply by being near someone who is infected. Because the exposed person did not have any Ebola symptoms during his travel from West Africa to Texas, the CDC is not recommending monitoring for people on the same commercial airline flights.
How can I protect myself against Ebola?
If you are in or plan to travel to any of the African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, you can protect yourself by doing the following:
• Washing hands frequently
• Avoiding contact with anyone’s blood and body fluids – particularly someone who is sick
• Not handling items that may contain an infected person’s blood or body fluids
• Not touching the body of someone who has died from Ebola
• Not touching bats, monkeys, gorillas or chimpanzees or their blood and fluids
• Not eating “bushmeat” (wild animals that are hunted for food)
• Avoiding hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated
• Seeking medical care immediately if you develop Ebola symptoms
. Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor
*It should be noted that CDC advises against non-essential travel. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.
What should I do if I think I might have Ebola?
The only people at risk in the current outbreak are those who traveled to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone in the past three weeks and might have had direct contact with a person showing symptoms or an animal infected with Ebola.

If you recently traveled from one of the affected African countries and develop fever and/or other Ebola related symptoms within three weeks after leaving that country, limit your contact with other people, seek medical care right away, and tell your doctor about your recent travel. Make sure you call the doctor’s office or emergency room before going and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms so that arrangements can be made, if needed, to prevent others from becoming sick.
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Thursday, November 4th, 2021
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Team 800 members spend hundreds of hours of advanced training every year and have fun doing it!
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Bill was a long time member of Team 800 and was in integral part of our radiological response and served as a radiological officer. Bill was also State Fire Academy Local Level InstructorAHA/ASHI CPR and First Aid Instructor, Hazmat Technician/Instructor, Bill's knowledge and skills will be mis...
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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Check out the PAHAZMAT VODC conference here: https://pahazmat.com/pahmt-2020-vodc/home-2020conf.html
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
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Team 800 dedicated Marine 800 to service September 3, 2019. The Board of Commissioners and retired USCG Security Specialist with the Maritime Security Unit of Pittsburgh christened the landing craft for use to mitigate hazardous materials on the various waterways in and adjacent to Westmoreland Cou...
Thursday, October 6th, 2016
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McCutcheon Enterprises provides awareness training on confined space entry and equipment familiarization.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
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​Westmoreland County Commissioners dedicate the new HAZARD 800 and hand the keys over to Chief Teacher
Monday, August 8th, 2016
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Checking out the new SCBA system integration on Hazard 800
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Team​ 800 Chief Teacher conducted HAZCOM training under the HMEP Grant covering Safety Data Sheets SDS and the Global Harmonization System GHS that standardizes chemical response information to better aid responders at incidents involving those products.
Friday, January 1st, 2016
Team 800 Officers 2016 Shaun Teacher - Chief / Christopher Tantlinger - Deputy Chief / Richard Johnson - Assistant Chief / William Hobaugh - Assistant Chief / Chris Kondrich - Assistant Chief / Frank Lemon - Assistant Chief / William Krulac - Safety Officer / ...
Please review the new guidlines: http://yourfirstdue.com/manager/data/1198811401/File/patient-decon-natl-plng-guide.pdf Goals of patient decontamination: Achieve an improvement in patients’ acute health outcomes by reducing short-term morbidity andmortality.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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Ebola The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) has been monitoring the Ebola outbreak since it began earlier this year and will continue to do so – particularly in light of the first case being confirmed in the U.S.
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Five members of Team 800 spent Thursday afternoon providing fire prevention awareness as it is related to hazardous materials at the Pressley Ridge Day School. Students were able to participate in learning what it is to Don and Doff firefighting and hazmat gear.
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
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We have no words but only a heart that carries the pain of that day and we honor all the men, women and children that died that day in the air, on the ground, and in the crushing rubble and fire.
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
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An animal decontamination class was coordinated by the Westmoreland/Fayette County Animal Rescue Team (CART) . A presentation from Fayette and Westmoreland HAZMAT Team Technicians provided information on the the hazardous materials incidents as they relate to caring for animals in preparation for a...
Saturday, March 8th, 2014
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Team 800 participated in Operation Blue Box at the Waltz Mill Service Center SARA facility March 8, 2014. While the site is a Tier II reporting site SARA Title III facility this exercise was formulated around a radioactive evolution.
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The regular monthly meeting conducted Thursday night December 26, 2013 resulted in the following elections and appointments. The list of officers was presented by Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety Interim Director Brian Jones to the County Commissioners and approved.
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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Team 800 members started out the new year with training on radiological, 4-gas, and PID meters and other instruments. Ten members participated in a hands on, utilization and understanding of using the various instruments including calibration set up of the tools.
Friday, December 20th, 2013
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A great turnout for the annual banquet provided for a wonderful event and roast to our eighteen year Chief, William R. Wright. "802" announced that he will be stepping down this year and with high emotion gave praise to all the members who had helped him through the years.
Friday, December 20th, 2013
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Each year an individual who is not an officer of the team that contributes in a consistent and outstanding way through attendance in response and non-response activities is chosen to show appreciation for going above and beyond the status quo.
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
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Team 800 participated in a 4 hour two part program on EOD awareness presented from an Allegheny County Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal officer on Thursday December 5, 2013 in Westmoreland County. A Sergeant/Bomb Technician provided a large display of ordinance and switches that may be found in ...
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