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Designed to provide an introduction to chemistry as it relates to the Hazardous Materials Technician, this program addresses the competecies required by NFPA 472 at the Technician level. The program covers various phsyical and chemical properties as well as the chemistry terminology necessary to enable the entry level Technician to conduct a product hazards analysis. Topics include:

  • Program introduction
  • Physical and Chemical Properties
  • Basics of Rapid Product Hazards Analysis
  • Atomic Structure & Isotopes
  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Salt Compounds
  • Inorganic Non-Salt Compounds
  • Hydrocarbon Compounds
  • Derivatives of Hydrocarbons
  • Application in a Hazards Analysis

The major focus is the recognition of chemical families based upon product name for the purpose of determining overall product hazards. Although chemical formulas are discussed in a cursory manner, balancing equations and reactions is NOT a focus of this program.

"Preparing the hazardous materials technician to support the incident safety officer during hazmat emergencies."

This two day program provides the HazMat Technician with the knowledge and skills to serve as Assistant Safety Officer during hazardous materials incidents. With presentations, activities and both fixed and transportation based scenarios, the participants are brought to an understanding of their excepted roles during the analysis, planning, implementation, evaluation and termination phases of the event.

HAZ039_ASO_HazMat_1015.pdfHAZ039_ASO_HazMat_1015.pdf

This 2-week course is designed for paramedic personnel who have an Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency medical responsibility at hazardous materials incidents, and it promises a rigorous experience for the student. In-depth chemistry, as it relates to hazardous materials, the medical management of victims, and the development and management of the hazardous materials components of the medical support system are the three primary focuses of this course. Toxicology and decontamination procedures are covered from an advanced EMS viewpoint. Strategies for safe emergency medical interaction with contaminated victims are discussed in detail.

Hazardous Materials Technicians with ALS responsibilities and ALS emergency medical personnel at the advanced life support level who, as a part of their normal duties, may be called to perform patient care activities in the warm zone at hazardous materials incidents.

This 10-day course is designed to prepare the responder to function safely at the scene of a hazardous materials incident by understanding the potential hazards. This is accomplished by gaining recognition of chemical nomenclature and basic principles of chemistry in order to assess risks to responders and the public. The course seeks to convey to first responders or prevention personnel a sound understanding of the basic chemistry of hazardous materials to permit them to correctly assess the threat posed by hazardous materials incidents that may occur accidentally or intentionally.

Problem-solving sessions and interactive discussion cover topics such as salts and inorganic nonsalts, hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives, and hydrocarbon radicals. Applying the science of chemistry to thermodynamics, volatility, and combustion provides real-world opportunities. An understanding of basic chemistry is helpful to receive maximum benefit from the course.

This program is designed to provide the participant with the capabilities of conducting a thorough hazard-risk assessment of chemicals and other forms of hazardous materials. It is well suited for Hazardous Materials Technicians, fire safety and small quantity generator inspectors, command officers, EMS personnel with hazardous materials responsibilities, law enforcement chemical response teams and bomb technicians.

This 48 hour program focuses on the basic knowledge required to evaluate the potential hazards and behaviors of hazardous chemical substances which are commonly encountered by emergency response personnel. It examines the structure of chemical compounds and the reasons for their behavior when involved in an incident or fire. Topics during the program include: Atomic and molecular structure, salts, non-salts, hydrocarbon compounds, hydrocarbon derivatives, hazards, hazard classifications, fires involving chemicals, products of combustion, common uses and

This three day program provides the participant with information and skills necessary for the safe and coordinated joint fire service and law enforcement response to incidents involving clandestine labs. The program focuses on risk assessment and the development of a “risk based” response.  Instruction is provided concerning the various labs and processes used, illegal implications, unified incident management, detection, field analysis and screening, personal protection and scene processing. The class is heavily orientated toward hands-on learning. Participants are required to have previous training in chemical protective PPE and technical decontamination prior to participating in the operations or technician class session evolutions.

HAZ006 Chemistry for Fire  HazMat Response 4_2013.pdfHAZ006 Chemistry for Fire HazMat Response 4_2013.pdf

Upon completion of this program, the Hazardous Materials Technician, given various types of equipment, will demonstrated the ability select, operate and interpret air monitoring and field screening instruments for the purpose of identifying and quantifying air borne hazards and IDLH environments, establishing control zones for fixed and transportation related incidents.

This program is designed to provide the participants with an understanding of the principles and proper use of air monitoring equipment during hazardous materials emergency response. The program takes the participant through the incident evaluation, hazard/risk assessment, dispersion prediction and verification process necessary for effective air monitoring operations. Once students are provided with the essential basic understanding of the principles, they are then provided with opportunities for hands-on application during both tabletop and simulation settings.

Description Air Monitoring 3 day.pdfDescription Air Monitoring 3 day.pdf

This program is designed to provide the participants with an understanding of the basic principles and proper use of specific air monitoring/detection instruments during response to transportation and fixed facility hazmat incidents. This program is scheduled for 1 day of classroom and hands-on instruction involving working with the equipment in a table top mode of operation. This program specifically addresses the selection, care, and use of the following instruments. Radiological survey and dosimeter instruments, four and five gas detectors and photo/flame ionization detectors. In addition, if requested by the sponsoring organization, specific detection technologies can be addressed.

HAZ032_1_Day_Detection_Ins_R0815.pdfHAZ032_1_Day_Detection_Ins_R0815.pdf

Course Description

“Field Chemical Analysis” program is designed to provide the participant with an operating understanding of the basic principles of field qualitative analysis procedures using wet chemistry methods. The program emphasizes procedural safety, materials and analysis processes necessary to achieve a high degree of confidence in the application of the basic analysis procedures. This one day program is approximately 15% process overview and 85% hands on application using lab procedures.

Target Audience

The target audience for this program includes emergency response personnel responsible for the implementation of the analysis of unidentified hazardous materials through air monitoring or qualitative analysis procedures. Both active hazardous materials technicians or those persons studying for such a position will benefit from this program.

HAZ024 Field Chemical Analysis 1 day R2013.pdfHAZ024 Field Chemical Analysis 1 day R2013.pdf

Given scenarios involving unidentified hazardous materials and, while working down range in PPE as a member of a team, the hazardous materials technician, shall demonstrate the ability to properly collect and screen samples of an un-identified/potentially hazardous substances to determine general hazards of the material.

This program utilizes a blended educational approach. Both instructor led online training sessions (8 hrs contact)  and hands-on drills (8 hrs) using simulated situations at the organization's site are used.

This program is designed for members hazardous material response teams. Participants must be previously trained to the Hazardous Materials Technician level and be a member of such a resource. Allied response personnel (e.g. law enforcement, environmental, hazardous waste, forensic) may also benefit from this training but must be certified by their employer to operate in mission specific areas including: personal protective equipment, basic air monitoring, technical decontamination and other areas specific to their job function. Pre-Requisite Training: Hazardous Materials Technician or Mission Specific Operations Level (Required) NIMS ICS 300 (Recommended)

HAZ034 Field Sampling and Hazard Screening R0515.pdfHAZ034 Field Sampling and Hazard Screening R0515.pdf

During this program, the hazardous materials responder who has been previously trained to operate in appropriate personnel protective equipment will be presented with multiple exercises involving contained or dispersed unidentified substances. Using techniques presented in this class, participants will demonstrate the ability to consistently collect representative samples that can be used for advanced analysis or evidentiary purposes. This program is also intended to review various related topics found in the participants initial 160 hour IAFF HazMat Technician training program as indicated in the attached educational object statement.

This is a three-day hands-on intensive program designed to provide the participant with information concerning the review of proper hazard risk assessment techniques, use of air monitoring devices, selection and use of PPE  the proper collection of hazardous material samples in accordance with a nationally recognized 12 step process. The participants are instructed in the importance of proper sample collection, supplies and equipment, techniques and sampling plan development. Then, through application in multiple scenarios, they are given an opportunity to develop and execute a sampling plan.

HAZ 021 Sampling Techniques R 12_2012.pdfHAZ 021 Sampling Techniques R 12_2012.pdf

This is the 160 hour classroom and hands-on practices hazardous materials course in which students fulfill the functions of Hazardous Materials Technicians in a variety of field, classroom and simulated  field scenarios. This program is recognized by the Florida State Bureau of Fire Standards and Training as course number FSFC 508.  The program covers topics including:

  • Hazardous materials regulations
  • Physical & chemical properties
  • Transportation, fixed and portable containers
  • Health and safety
  • Chemistry of hazardous materials
  • Preplanning
 
  • Medical issues and patient care
  • Incident scene safety
  • Hazmat incident management
  • Terrorism and WMD’s
  • References and computer resources
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Air monitoring and detection
 
  • Decontamination
  • Sampling procedures
  • Leak control
  • Spill control
  • Fire control
  • Illicit use of hazardous materials

This program is based upon Chemistry and the Greg Noll Text "Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident" and will be presented in four  weeks. Upon completion the participant will be eligible to take the Florida State Fire College’s voluntary hazardous materials technician certification examination. The participant must attend all four weeks to successfully complete the program.

Upon successful completion of this training program, the ALS responder, while properly functioning within the established incident command system, shall be able to deliver Advanced Life Support Care at the hazardous materials or WMD emergency and to provide for the medical support of responders operating in the hazardous environment.

The Hazardous Materials Toxicology Program is a 24–hour class designed to provide participants with training and insight into the role of providing pre-hospital and emergency department medical care for the chemically exposed victim. Course content will include the functions of the care provider in support of operating members of a hazardous materials response team and in caring for those persons injured by hazardous materials.

HAZ018 Course Info HazMat Toxicology 3 Day R2011.pdfHAZ018 Course Info HazMat Toxicology 3 Day R2011.pdf

Upon completion of this training program, the Hazardous Materials Responder assigned to illicit laboratory incidents and working with law enforcement personnel shall be able to analyze the incident to determine the possibility of criminal intent. Once the analysis is complete, the participant shall be able to conduct a hazard/risk assessment and develop and implement a plan for public safety sampling and evidence collection operations using appropriate safety measures.

This three day program provides the participant with information and skills necessary for the safe and coordinated joint fire service and law enforcement response to incidents involving clandestine labs. The program focuses on risk assessment and the development of a “risk based” response.  Instruction is provided concerning the various labs and processes used, illegal implications, unified incident management, detection, field analysis and screening, personal protection and scene processing. The class is heavily orientated toward hands-on learning. Participants are required to have previous training in chemical protective PPE and technical decontamination prior to participating in the operations or technician class session evolutions.

This three day program provides the participant with information and skills necessary for the safe and coordinated joint fire service and law enforcement response to incidents involving clandestine labs. The program focuses on risk assessment and the development of a “risk based” response.  Instruction is provided concerning the various labs and processes used, illegal implications, unified incident management, detection, field analysis and screening, personal protection and scene processing. The class is heavily orientated toward hands-on learning. Participants are required to have previous training in chemical protective PPE and technical decontamination prior to participating in the operations or technician class session evolutions.

Haz016 Illicit Labs Info.pdfHaz016 Illicit Labs Info.pdf

This 32 hour program is designed to provide the participant with a review and update of competencies defined by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 and NFPA 472 “Competence for Response to Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents”at the technician level of training. The program relies heavily upon hands-on labs, field evolutions and table top activities. It can be tailored to align with the employer’s emergency response plan and it is designed to follow the concepts presented in the IAFF Hazardous Materials Technician Curriculum.  Updates are provided as the technology and standard of care for response is developed.

Upon completion of this one day traditional in-service, given both identified and un-identified hazardous materials, the participant will be able to rapidly identify the fire, reactivity, health and radioactivity risks associated with the substance. The program reviews basic substance characteristics, families and hazards and provides the participant the opportunity to analyze the basic hazards associated with a material through field screening techniques.

HAZ026 Rapid Risk Assessment Course Info.pdfHAZ026 Rapid Risk Assessment Course Info.pdf