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Course Description

H-402 - NFA Chemistry for Emergency Response

This course includes an introduction to HazMat Chemistry, salts & oxidizers, non-salts & hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives, basics of fire, force at play, combustion, hazard classes, supplemental materials and transportation of chemicals.

Number of Students:
* 10 minimum/15 Maximum 

Instructor Staff:
Two (2) instructors

Who should attend:
Individuals who are likely to be involved in or serve on an HazMat/Emergency Response/Rescue Teams, Law Enforcement Personnel, Toxicologist, Industrial Hygienist, OEM staff, and other emergency response related fields.

*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.

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.

Course Objectives:

  1. Introduction to HAZMAT Chemistry • Explanation of Fire Chemistry • Physical Properties of Chemicals • Hazardous Materials • Toxic Materials
  2. The Basics of HAZMAT Chemistry • Introduction and discussion of the Periodic Table • The Atom • Ionization • Molecular Formation • Salt and Non-Salts
  3. Salts & Oxidizers • This area covers the properties of salts and oxidizers. • The types of salt formula determination, and dry/hydrated salts. • Also covered are transition metals, complex ions (radicals) and molecular weight.
  4. Non-salts & Hydrocarbons • Covers: • Non-salt properties and types • Formula determination and evaluation • Structure evaluation • Specific hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon families, their: • Formula and name meaning • Fuel family • Toxicity
  5. Hydrocarbon Derivatives • The definition, families, and functional groups • Formula, name meaning • Family members, properties and the radicals
  6. Basics of Fire • This area encompasses the definition of fire and its parameters. • Chemical reaction types, products and their reaction. • Heat exchange and transfer routes
  7. Force at play • What is the force • Boiling Point • Consideration of the force in a spill, storage situation • Vapor pressure • Tank failure
  8. Combustion • Covers all aspects of combustion, fire analysis, fire process, fire products • Flash point concept • High or low • Flammable range concepts • Ignition temperature, auto-ignition determination, liquid ignition conditions, oxidizer classification • Heat output • Ignition in storage • Effect of Water
  9. Hazard Classes • DOT System • NFPA/EPA System
  10. Supplemental Materials • Hydrated/ Anhydrous Salts • Water Reactive Groups • Nonalt Hydrides • Fire concepts/fire gases
  11. Transportation of Chemicals • Highway • Rail • Air • Waterway

All areas of instruction are supported with student activities.

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 register as a Training Coordinator. After you have registered as a Training Coordinator then click the link below “Training Coordinators can request this course by completing the Host Planning Sheet”

Prerequisites & Other Information:

It is recommended student complete the online "Foundational Concepts of Chemistry (Q228) as prerequisite. The U.S. Fire Administration's (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) announces the availability of a new NFA Online course. Completion of Q228 is recommended prior to attending all NFA hazardous materials curriculum courses and is a precourse assignment for Chemistry for Emergency Response (R233) and Advanced Life Support Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents (R247).  Beginning in October 2013, Foundational Concepts of Chemistry will be a prerequisite for acceptance into those courses. The course is approved for .4 Continuing Education Units (CEU).

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 eligible for these classes unless they also serve in a public sector/volunteer position. Volunteers must apply through their public sector departments. Texas residents only.

No tuition is charged.

Course Specifics

Hours: 80.00
Provider: TDEM - Hazmat
Sponsor: TDEM
Disciplines: Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Service
Fire Service
Public Health
Public Works
Law Enforcement

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