Critiques and Debriefing

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Amherst College, under the direction of the Emergency Director or his/her designee will conduct critiques and debriefings soon after an incident, when deemed necessary. The critiques will aid in the identification of problems that were or will be encountered during the hazardous material incident.

Our goal is to prevent the re-occurrence of problematic situations and to improve our overall response to any and all incidents.

Amherst College Campus Police Responsibilities

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The Amherst College Police Department is initially responsible for the health and safety of the Amherst College Campus Community. They are responsible for:

Incidental Leaks, Releases and Spills

Incidental vs. Large Scale Spills

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In terms of size, Amherst College has identified two levels of spills:

Amherst Fire Department

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The Amherst Fire Department is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are (2) fire stations located within the Town of Amherst:

  1. Central Fire Station - 68 North Pleasant St. (413) 259-3086

  2. North Fire Station - 603 East Pleasant St. (413) 259-3085

Emergency Response Agencies

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Amherst College has previously identified Emergency Response Agencies that are able to assist in the mitigation of a hazardous material incident involving but not limited to asbestos, chemicals, gas leaks and odors, oil spills and other incidents that may adversely affect the college community, the general public and/or the environment.

The agencies that are to be called upon include:

Emergency Response Detection Equipment

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Amherst College Facilitiest can initially respond to leaks, odors and spills involving chemicals, gasoline, natural gas, propane and other similar concerns with detection equipment currently available on site. The office of Environmental Health and Safety has and maintains the following combustible gas detectors that are capable of detecting gases with a flammable range as well as oxygen, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide:

Personal Protective Equipment

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Because Amherst College is currently only capable of handling "incidental spills" involving chemicals, gasoline, oil and other similar materials, our personal protective equipment needs are limited. Amherst College Hazardous Material Emergency Response Personnel have the necessary equipment to address an incident of level "C" or less. The equipment available consists of:

Hazardous Material Locations (Site Specific)

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Locations at Amherst College that pose the most significant risks to our emergency response agencies include: