By Armando S. Bevelacqua. Explores basic principles of chemistry and toxicology so First Responders can efficiently identify a chemical hazard, anticipate potential outcomes and make safe and informed decisions. Concise, practical coverage of the names of chemical families and their general categorical hazards and incompatibilities enables readers to grasp the science behind the chemicals and reactions and also apply to the principles to actual incidents. An all-new chapter on infrared spectroscopy brings the book up to date with the latest detection technology used in fire departments today. Second edition, softcover, 312pp., 2005.