HazMat Response

HazMat Technician 1A – Basic Chemistry

This class is an intense, one-week overview of basic chemistry, and how that chemistry affects the hazardous materials response.  The Periodic Table of the elements forms the foundation for this educational and instructive class.  Lecture only – 40 hours. 

HazMat Technician 1B – Applied Chemistry

Amplifies basic chemistry with an introduction to monitoring/measuring devices, technical referencing, wet chemistry, and toxicology. The didactic and hands-on format serves to instruct students in the nuances of behind-the-front-line operations at a hazardous materials event. 

HazMat Technician 1C – Incident Considerations

This class provides the foundation for full field operations. Topics including ICS, medical monitoring, PPE and weather. Students will learn these through classroom presentation and practical hands-on training.

HazMat Technician 1D – Tactical Field Operations

This class concludes the technician series with classroom and hands-on topics including terrorism, damage assessment, legal framework, regulations, tactical operations, medical monitoring, rescues contingencies, heat stress considerations when wearing CPC/PPE, decontamination, and Level A scenarios.  All the skills necessary to take offensive control of hazardous materials incident are taught. 

HazMat Specialist 1F – Specialized Mitigation Techniques

Introduction to Field “ID” of Hazardous Materials, Demonstration of Field “ID” of Hazardous Materials as well as Field Identification of Chemical Unknowns Lab, Basic, and Intermediate.  40 hours. 

HazMat Specialist 1G – Tactical Field Operations

Consists of various scenarios that are conducted to challenge the students from both a ICS Management Position and a hands-on offensive control / decontamination team position.  All the students training from HM Tech 1A – 1D and HM Spec 1F modules will be challenged from a classroom setting to field scenarios.  40 hours. 

First Responder Operations Decontamination

This course is designed to train First Responder Operations level personnel to perform technical decontamination during a response to a hazardous materials incident. This is a hands-on course. Participants will don and doff Level-B personal protective equipment and will perform decontamination in functional exercises.

First Responder Operations

To train persons to recognize a hazardous materials incident and implement actions to protect themselves, the public, the environment and nearby property while responding in a defensive fashion. The FRO will learn to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures.

HazMat Technician/Specialist Refresher 24 hours

This 8-hour refresher course reviews the skills and knowledge required of HAZMAT Technicians/Specialists who respond offensively to releases or potential releases of hazardous materials for the purpose of controlling the release. The class is split between classroom and hands-on.  Topics include; review of chemical terms and properties, chemical testing, monitor use CGI’s, PID, RAD), CPC/PPE review (including suits, gloves, boots), plugging and patching equipment and new technologies. The hands-on portion includes taking the student through the steps necessary to mitigate complex, scenario-based HazMat/WMD incidents. Participants work in teams on coordinated responses, working within the HazMat Group to mitigate given scenarios. A full debrief is completed prior to the conclusion of the course.

HazMat Incident Commander

This course provides the tools a person needs to assume command & control of an emergency response to a hazardous materials incident. It focuses on the legal and practical requirements to safely and competently manage a hazardous materials incident. Instructional methods include class activities, case studies, and tabletop exercises, with an emphasis on hands-on decision-making. This program meets OSHA requirements and NFPA recommendations for training at the Incident Commander level.

HazMat Incident Assistant Safety Officer (HASO)

The goal of this course is to provide Hazardous Materials Technicians/Specialists with the knowledge and skills to become competent Assistant Safety Officers-Hazardous Materials (ASO-HazMat) within the HazMat Group of the ICS. The intended outcomes for this course are to ensure that participants will be able to identify, inventory, and analyze the hazards and risks involved in an incident and take appropriate action, either through direct intervention or by contacting the responsible supervisor with recommendations for minimizing risk. The ASO-HM also assists in the preparation and development of components for event-specific and site-specific plans (ICS 208HM) that involve personnel safety. Finally, the student will have the ability to plan a safe hazardous materials response that is consistent with the emergency response plan and the organization at a terrorist incident.

HazMat Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism for the Technician/Specialist

This course focuses on the unique challenges that responders face during a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) or terrorist incident. Upon completing the course, students will be able to recognize a WMD/terrorism incident and take appropriate actions to prevent the spread of the WMD hazard. Major course topics include assessing WMD hazards, predicting the likely behavior of WMD materials, effectively operating and communicating in a unified command structure of the Incident Command System (ICS), determining detection equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) needs, performing emergency decontamination, and identifying defensive strategies for a WMD incident.