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H-403 - National Fire Academy Hazardous Materials Operating Site Practices (N0229)

This 10-day course focuses on the relationship of incident priorities, strategies and tactics as they relate to implementing safe procedures for alleviating the risk at an accidental or intentional hazardous materials incident. It concentrates on integrating risk-based decision-making and knowledge about hazardous materials chemistry, storage, transportation and release scenarios with information about local response plans and systems. Through risk-based decision-making activities, the course participants apply the knowledge and skills gained from the course.

This course goes well beyond the procedures scope of the NFPA Hazmat IC class to develop a complete hazardous materials operating concept. 

Subjects Covered:
Among others: regulations and standards as they apply to hazmat teams, hazard interpretation, damage assessment, site characterization, use and interpretation of environmental monitoring instruments, selection of personal protective equipment, assessment of tactical options, and development of operational plans.

Target Audience:
Emergency response personnel having hazardous materials response or training responsibility at the technician/specialist level as referenced in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 1910.120 or 40 CFR 311 and National Fire Protection Association 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.

Prerequisites & Other Information:

Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. These can also be taken as Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online at

Recommended Courses:
National Fire Academy’s “The Chemistry of Hazardous Materials” (R0234), “Chemistry for Emergency Response” (R/N0233), or documented equivalent training is recommended but not required. Also Q-228 Foundational Concepts of Chemistry can be taken online and is recommended but not required.

No tuition is charged.

Course Specifics

Hours: 80.00
Provider: TDEM - Hazmat
Sponsor: State Sponsor
National Fire Academy (NFA)
Disciplines: Emergency Management
Fire Service

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