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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.

This program is designed to provide the participant with the capabilities of conducting a hazard- analysis 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 40 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, DOT hazard classifications, fires involving chemicals, products of combustion and common uses.

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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.

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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

This program involves a series of online sessions covering key characteristics of LPG and NG as well as their containers. Then, during a classroom session, the concepts of hazard/risk assessment necessary to achieve a safe and effective response are presented. After which, during hands-ons sessions in an outside training area, various types of equipment are presented and the students are given an opportunity to develop skills controlling leaks in a controlled setting. Finally, simulated scenarios during which all the aspects of assessment, scene control, protection and leak control measures are utilized including flaring and auto-refrigeration of LPG containers.

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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)

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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 NFPA 472 at the to Hazardous Materials Technician and Mission Specific training competencies.

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.

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 three – day program provides the potential incident commander with the knowledge and skills to manage the hazardous materials incident.  Program content and extensive use of classroom activities are used to master the following topics: Standard of care • Legislative, regulatory and standards influences • Employer emergency response plans • Incident organization • HazMat branch and safety officer operations • Hazard analysis and risk assessment • IAP development • Termination and documentation

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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Response technologies provides a wide array of Hazardous Materials Technician training options based upon the organization needs and established standards. Three primary options exist that can be further tailored to meet the organization's employer's emergency response plan.

Option 1: Traditional Delivery Format: The tradition training format involves comprehensive classroom and hands-on performance orientated skill stations and scenarios. Program duration ranges from 40 hrs for fixed facility/hazards to 80 or 160 hrs for off-site emergency response personnel.

Option 2: Blended (Hybride) Training Format. With this option, we Response Technologies provides an instructor facilitated asynchronous online learning environment blended with traditional and hands-on training to develop the psychomotor skills and to reinforce on-line program content.

Option 3: You do/We Do Format. Some organizations prefer to provide certain portions of the program internally while having Response Technologies delivery other portions. Some examples include: 1) The organization facilitates the classroom or online content delivery while having Response Technologies provide the hands-on skill stations using our extensive field training resources. 2) Response Technologies provides for the delivery of specific content areas in which we have strong or unique delivery capabilities (e.g. chemistry, toxicology).

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 outlined in NFPA 472 "Standard for Competencies of Responders to Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents".

This capabilities evaluation is based upon various competencies outlined in NFPA 472 and existing hazmat technician training curriculums. The performance areas that are evaluated are selected from a menu of skills by the contracting agency. Additional skill areas can be developed upon request for the hazardous materials or other mission areas. An evaluation system is then developed into various assessment stations where the participants are observed by subject matter experts for appropriate performance based upon evaluation rubrics. Observed data is then recorded in the CapEval™ database which is utilized to produce detailed individual reports and/or team and regional summary reports concerning performance strengths and weakness.

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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.