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Welcome to The Hazmat Guys

We are Bob and Mike, Welcome to our corner of the internet. Please take the time to have a look around. The service we are providing is rather unique. Concise, easy to understand information for all aspects of Hazardous Materials response at your fingertips. Through audio, video, forum, articles and news we are going to provide you with information that will help you in the world of hazardous materials. We provide a space to share ideas, thoughts, and experience with colleges, instructors, and students from across the country.

The podcasts will be the center hub of this website. Allowing for information to be exchanged in an entertaining media. For those of you that don’t know what a podcast is, please check this article (link to the wording, and maybe page below this) on what and how this works. In short, a podcast is a mini-radio show. This can be a training or drill, or something that you can listen to and stay current while driving to work, or performing chores.




1 .a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.


1. make (a digital audio file) available as a podcast.

The Hazmat Guys will be using the Podcast for News discussions, interviews, political debates, tutorials, etc.The ability for us to adapt to the request of our listeners and content providers allows us to produce shows to focus on key topics, hot issues, and emerging technologies.

Listen to us via the website or on the phone. Podcast Apps can make it easy to have our shows downloaded as they come out. Below are few programs to use to gather your podcasts.

On the app, you just search for thehazmatguys, it will find it and you “subscribe”. You have the option of listening via streaming (constant flow of data…even on cellular data) or download to the internal memory of the phone. I like to do the latter option, that way I can use my home WiFi. Once it is listened to, it is deleted from the phone.

We are very excited to have you checking out our podcast and hope you can help us share thoughts and knowledge across the world about Haz Mat Response. Our goal is to be able to bring the novice to expert and keep the experts educated with new techniques and information that is out there.

The concept of a multimedia-driven platform for Hazmat will be enhanced by your willingness to share your thoughts, ideas, experiences with us and the rest of the audience. If there are any questions, we will personally help you configure your device to bring this to you.

Please take a moment to go to iTunes and subscribe to the podcast, and create a user account with us.

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Bobby’s Biography

My name is Bobby Salvesen. I am a father of 2 that has a passion for teaching and helping people become better at their jobs. I spent 13 years in Squad 288 in Special Operations of the New York City Fire Department. During that time I gained valuable experience and certification as at minimum a technician level of High angle rope rescue, collapse, confined space, rigging, extrication, diving, shoring, and firefighter removal. I also am a current member of the NY-TF1 FEMA resource as both a Rescue Technician and a Haz Mat Specialist. After my tenure in the Rescue branch of the Fire Department, I transferred to the Hazardous Materials Command. I attained my Hazardous Materials Specialist certification for the FDNY in 2015.

I instruct for the Nassau County Fire Service Academy as a Deputy Chief Instructor for the last 9 years. I have taught Hazardous Materials and Confined Space, along with various firematic classes.

My volunteer career is ongoing and has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I joined the East Meadow Volunteer Fire Department in 1994 gaining experience in ranks from Firefighter to Chief, going through the company level ranks 3 times, and recently went through the ranks as Chief of Department of a Department that has roughly 300 members. I am currently a member of the Training Committee, teaching both new members and Line Officers the ins and outs of the job.

So with this experience, you may be asking yourself, “Why is he doing this now?” The reason why I have teamed up with Mike to bring you this content is because both of us have to make sure the next generation of techs is prepared. It took me 20 years to learn what I have learned. If I could bottle it, and give it to you, I would. But unfortunately, that is not how it works. The things I have done cannot be directly downloaded. They must be absorbed. Slowly. So listen to us give you ideas, techniques and our thoughts on a topic. You may agree or disagree, BUT LEARN. Don’t stop learning.

Thank you for taking a moment to learn about me, I hope to get to learn about you. I am a real person, and can (and will) communicate with you. If you want to chat or pick my brain, contact me at bob@thehazmatguys.com.

Mike’s Biography

I joined the fire service in 1998 as a volunteer firefighter. I enrolled in the State University of New York at Stonybrook, graduating with a BS in Neurological Physiology (study of the Nervous system). I became a career firefighter as well as an A.L.S. (Advanced life support) provider in 2002. In 2004 I joined Hazmat Company 1 and became a Hazardous Materials Technician. I started teaching in 2008 and in 2012 became a local instructor with the International Association of Firefighter. In 2013 was made a Master Instructor with the IAFF and have taught in various jurisdictions. I have also done private classes as well as industry based hazmat.

The art of teaching is something I truly enjoy. I do my best to take dry topics and make them interactive and entertaining. I hope to use this forum to learn more and connect with people across this country. I don’t like long walks on the beach, mainly because I just don’t like long walks. Sometimes my sense of humor makes me an awful human, being but it’s all in fun. So feel free to reach out and say hi. My email is mike@thehazmatguys.com.