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Jill Meryl Levy owns her own business called Firebelle
Productions. She is an author and publisher, specializing in books on
hazardous materials emergency response and more effective writing. She also
teaches classes on more effective writing and produces brochures, booklets,
and newsletters for fire departments and industry. Jill has been a volunteer
firefighter for the Santa Clara County Fire Department in California since
1980. Jill Meryl Levy is the author of The First Responder's
Field Guide to
Hazmat & Terrorism Response; The First Responder's Pocket Guide to
Radiation Incidents; Hazmat Chemistry Study Guide; The Hazmat Chemistry Mini
Review; Take Command of Your Writing; and, Crimes Against the English
The First Responder's Field Guide to Hazmat &
Terrorism Emergency Response (2006 Edition)
According to the book description, Put vital
information at your fingertips when you need it most ... at an incident.
This handy field guide covers most of the operational level first responder
competencies identified in NFPA 47 and 473, with guidelines to help you
recognize and safely manage any hazmat incident or WMD event. Its the
perfect companion to the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG). The book is
spiral bound for easy use in the field, with printed tabs to quickly
distinguish each chapter.
Hazmat Chemistry Study Guide (Second Edition) and
The Hazmat Chemistry Review
According to the book description, The Hazmat
Chemistry Study Guide reviews information covered in many hazmat chemistry
classes nationwide. Much of the information is streamlined and simplified to
facilitate comprehension. Each concept is covered in an average of three or
four pages, then is followed by a series of mostly multiple-choice review
questions similar to what students can expect to see on their final exams.
Students who can easily answer these questions should do well on the final
exam in class.
The First Responder's Pocket Guide to Radiation
According to the book description, At last, emergency
responders have a resource that pulls the most critical information about
handling radiation incidents into a pocket-size field guide. Incidents
involving life-threatening levels of radiation are rare. Yet many people are
disproportionately afraid of radiation incidents because they've received so
little training. This book covers most of what first responders need to know
while waiting for assistance from subject matter experts.
Take Command of Your Writing
According to the book description, Being able to write
well is essential if you want to present your ideas effectively. It will
help you write better letters, training manuals, SOPs, and other documents.
It can help you write more accurate reports and build stronger court cases.
It may even help you place higher on promotional exams. Take Command of Your
Writing is a comprehensive grammar reference book geared specifically for
emergency services personnel, with every example being fire-, police-,
hazmat-, or EMS-related. Each chapter provides a thorough coverage of the
rules, answering many questions that other grammar books leave unanswered.
However, the most important rules are highlighted in easy-to-read sidebars
for quick reference.
Crimes Against the English Language
According to the book description, Quickly improve
your writing by reviewing common problems in grammar, punctuation, and word
choice, cleverly presented as criminal cases. Examples of common
violations include: Creating comma splices and run-on sentences;
Punctuating sentences incorrectly; Misusing abbreviations and acronyms;
Using apostrophes incorrectly to form plurals and possessives; Using the
wrong words; Cluttering documents with redundant, weak, or superfluous
words; Omitting important details or words necessary for grammatical or
logical completeness; and, Creating awkward, confusing, or embarrassing
sentences with needless shifts, misplaced modifiers, and dangling modifiers.
the Santa Clara County Fire Department
The Santa Clara County Fire Department is a full service fire department
which has evolved through fire consolidations and contracts. In 1947, two agencies - the Cottage Grove Fire District and the
Oakmead Farms Fire District - were consolidated to form the Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District (now known
as Santa Clara County Fire Department). This consolidation was the result of the California Division of Forestry withdrawing
from the valley floor when its contract with Santa Clara County was terminated in 1947.
same year an election was held which authorized the Department to provide fire suppression services to the unincorporated
area stretching from Highway 9 east across the valley to Mount Hamilton and south to the Almaden area. In
1970, the Department consolidated with the Burbank Fire District and the Alma Fire District, and contracted with the Town
of Los Gatos for fire protection services.
Today, the Santa Clara Fire Department serves Santa Clara County and the communities of Campbell,
Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill and Saratoga. In 2006, the
Santa Clara Fire Department handled 13, 449 incidents.