HazMat First Responder Operations
This course meets or exceeds the NFPA 472 Chapter 5 Core Competencies for Operational Level Responders and Chapter 6.2 Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Mission Specific Responsibilities of Responders to HazMat/WMD incidents and 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(ii) for operations level personnel. The course presents a basic understanding of hazardous material terms, terminology, basic hazard risk assessment, types and use of protective equipment, respiratory protection, basic decontamination procedures, the emergency responders roll in ICS, and proper incident termination procedures.
Number of Students: 12 minimum*
Instructor Staff: One (1) Instructor and One (1) Demo/Tech
Who Should Attend: Personnel who respond to emergencies involving HazMat/WMD for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, the environment, or property from the effects of the release.
The host facility will provide a secure location with a water source for outdoor activities and a classroom location of suitable size for lecture.
*Rural County Host: If you are hosting a class in a rural county (population 150,000 or less) you may not be required to meet the “minimum number of students” for this class. Rural County Residents may be eligible for travel, lodging and/or per diem reimbursement to attend HMEP funded classes. A requester will need the support of your supervisor to receive funding. Contact the HMEP Program Administrator with questions at email@example.com .
Note: To receive full benefits from these courses, it is recommended that it be taught at an approved fire training facility. All HMEP Hazardous Material Courses offered through TDEM are compliant with OSHA 29CFR 1910.120, EPA 40CFR Part 311, NFPA Standard 472 and qualify for TCOLE credit.
”Due to the nature of Hazardous Material training, you may be required to perform some physically strenuous activities for this class which may include wearing PPE. Therefore, we recommend all students have a current physical examination prior to class start date.”
Knowledge of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques
- Analyze the incident
- Detect the presence of HazMat/WMD
- Determine scope of the problem
- Determine potential outcomes
- Plan a response
- Capabilities of operations level personnel
- Personal portective equipment (PPE)/Identifying/donning/doffing/working
- Implement the response
- Establish control zones/emergency decontamination/communications
- Implement protecive actions
- Perform operations level tasks
- Evaluate progress
- Communicate status
Prerequisites & Other Information:
How this course is offered:
This class is offered through TDEM HazMat Preparedness Group as an onsite delivery at a location designated by the requesting jurisdiction. These classes are an open enrollment with the approval of the class host and TDEM. If you are a County Judge; Emergency Management Coordinator; Fire or Police Chief; Public Works Trainer, Training Coordinator or Officer then you may click the link below “Request Course”.
No tuition is charged.
Students must be Public Sector Employees/Volunteers:
Students must be employed or used by a political subdivision (county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority), school district, special districts, interstate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under State law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government. Private sector, federal, non-profit, not-for-profit employees may not be eligible for these classes unless they also serve in a public sector volunteer position. Volunteers must apply through their public sector agencies. Texas residents only.
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