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Course Description

PER-272 - Hazardous Materials Technician

HMT is an enhanced version of the course previously known as, “Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents (ERHM).”
Target Audience/Disciplines

The target audience for this course is operational-level responders with technician-level HAZMAT response duties, assignments or requirements in their jurisdiction. This course meets prerequisite for responders attending the Hazardous Devices School, Huntsville, AL.


Hazardous Materials Technician (HMT) is a five-day course that prepares Operations-level responders for Technician-level Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) certification. This 40-hour course, based on NFPA® 472 standards, provides participants with HAZMAT-specific response knowledge and skills, enabling them to respond safely and effectively to a suspected incident at the hazardous materials technician level. Participants receive hands-on training in donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Levels A and B, containing leaks and drum over-packing, containing leaks in pressurized containers, and performing technical and mass decontamination. The HMT course culminates with performance of these offensive-level tasks in an activity in which the participants apply the knowledge and skills learned in a simulated HAZMAT environment. Graduates have the opportunity to take the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) exam for HAZMAT Technician certification through the Alabama Fire College.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Plan a response to a hazardous materials incident
  • Identify hazardous material container damage
  • Identify hazardous materials
  • Estimate size of an endangered area
  • Terminate the incident
  • Perform decontamination operations
  • Don and doff personal protective equipment level A
  • Don and doff personal protective equipment level B
  • Contain a leak in a 55-gallon drum
  • Contain a leak in a pressurized container
  • Contain a leak in a MC 306/DOT 406 Dome Cover

Prerequisites & Other Information:
Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible for the course, the student must:

  • Have a requirement or responsibility to serve as a technician-level HAZMAT responder;
  • Complete PER-322 Hazardous Materials Operations or NFPA 472-conformant state or jurisdiction operations level hazardous materials training;
  • Complete independent study (IS) 100.b Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100 or any of the IS-100 series;
  • Complete IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS 200 or any of the IS-200 series;
  • Be capable of lifting tools and equipment up to approximately 50 pounds;
  • Be capable of standing and walking for prolonged periods;
  • Be capable of donning, operating in Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and doffing PPE to include being physically and mentally capable of wearing a respirator that conforms tightly to the face or equipment that encapsulates the head; and
  • Be capable of operating in confined spaces.

No tuition is charged.

Course Specifics

Hours: 40.00
Provider: Center for Domestic Preparedness
Disciplines: Health Care
Fire Service
Government Administration
Public Health
Public Safety Communications
Public Works
Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Service
Law Enforcement

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