Hazardous Material Courses

Our Hazardous Material Courses are broken down into 3 main levels of knowledge & skill with specific tiered courses that earn mastery level of skills within each type to earn certificates of completion as a First Responder, Technician, Incident Commander or Branch Officer. To learn more, please click into each module to see the detailed description of each course. Sign Up for Training Now!

Hazardous Material Curriculum

Finish All Trainings Below To Earn: Branch Officer Certification of Completion

Hazardous Materials Awareness


Hazardous Materials Awareness (8 Hours) Applicable Certification Level: Hazardous Materials Awareness Certificate of Completion Desciption: This course will provide first responders with the knowledge and skills to: Understand what hazardous substances are and the risk associated with them in an incident; Recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency; Understand therole of the emergency responder at the awareness level, including site security and control; Have understanding of the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook; Realize the need for additional resources, and to make appropriate notifications to the community.




Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Level


*Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Level (40 hours)

  • Prerequisite: Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Applicable Certification Level: Confined Space/Trench Rescue Awareness Certificate of
    Completion
Description: The Hazardous Materials First Responder/Operations Level course provides to those personnel, who are or will be operating as a member of a fire department, the basic skills needed to evaluate and work defensively at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials. The objectives of the course are to teach participants: Knowledge of basic hazard and risk-assessment techniques; Knowledge of selecting and using proper personal protective equipment provided to the first responder operational level; Knowledge of performing basic control, containment and/or confinementoperations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available; Understanding of the relevant standard operating guidelines and termination procedures.




Hazardous Materials Technician


*Hazardous Materials Technician Module A (40 hours) and Module B (40 hours)

  • Prerequisites: Hazardous Materials First Responder/ Operations Level
  • Applicable Certification level: Technician Certificate of Completion
Description: The Hazardous Materials Technician course provides those personnel who are or will be operating as a member of a hazardous material response team with the basic skills needed to evaluate and mitigate an incident involving the release of hazardous materials. The objectives of the course are to teach participants: Knowledge of implementation of the Emergency Response Plan. Knowledge of the classification, identification, and verification of known and unknown material by using field-survey instruments and equipment. Being able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Management System. Knowledge of selecting and using the proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment provided to the hazardous material technician. Understanding hazard and risk-assessment techniques. Being able to perform advance control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with the unit. Understanding and implementing decontamination procedures; Understanding basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior. Being able to perform specialized control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available. Understanding chemical, radiological, and toxicological terminology and behavior. Having the ability to develop a site safety and control plan. Understanding classification, identification, and verification of known and unknown materials by using advanced survey instruments and equipment.




Hazardous Materials Incident Commander


*Hazardous Materials Incident Commander (16 hours)

  • Prerequisite: Hazardous Materials Technician Certificate of Completion
  • Applicable Certification Level: Incident Commander Certificate of Completion.
Description: This course offers the individual skills necessary to direct and coordinate all aspects of a hazardous materials incident. This includes: Knowledge of and the ability to implement the incident management system; Knowledge of how to implement the emergencyresponse plan, state and federal regional response plans; Knowledge and understanding of the importance of decontamination procedures; Knowledge and understanding of hazards associated with employees working in chemical protective clothing. Analyzing a hazardous materials incident, setting objectives, identifying potential action options,evaluation of the planned response, documentation, and final termination requirements.




Hazardous Materials Branch Officer


*Hazardous Materials Branch Officer (40 hours)

  • Prerequisites: Hazardous Materials Technician & Incident Comander Completion
  • Applicable Certification Level: Branch Officer Certificate of Completion
Description: This class contains the advance skills necessary to make command decisions at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials. Responders will be learning from leaders of the field of emergency response. They will share techniques and skills used to run any type of hazardous incident. As part of the class assignment, participants will develop standard operating guidelines, perform a hazard analysis for a fixed site facility, and operate as command staff for a simulated incident using the material they developed during the week long class.





Firefighters

Learn strategies and tactics, along with instructor and management level skills.

Helicopter Rescue Team

Learn roadway extractions, confined space, trench, and vertical rescue techniques.

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Learn first responder skills that lead into management, technician, incident commander and branch officer level skills

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Learn required emergency response to terrorism and and mass casualty disasters.