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Hazards and Hazmat

Without a doubt, you will encounter hazardous materials and hazards while responding to calls. It is critical to your survival that you know how to safely interact with contaminants and hazards and decontaminate appropriately. Discover properties and effects of different hazardous materials, advantages and disadvantages of PPE types, victim rescue and recovery, evidence preservation and sampling, illicit laboratory incidents, and more. Courses in this topic are based on the NFPA standard 472.

Course Name Course Description Length

HAZMAT: Basic Toxicology

Toxicology is a field of science that helps us understand the harmful effects that chemicals, substances, or situations can have on people, animals, and the environment. By using the power of science to predict what and how chemicals may cause harm, toxicology allows us to share that information to protect public health. In this course, our discussion of toxicology is going to address how the knowledge of toxicology principles and the application of that knowledge can create a safer, more effective, and more efficient response to a hazardous materials incident.


HAZMAT: Overview Hazardous Materials and Substances

This course has been designed and written for the firefighters and other emergency responders who have previous hazardous materials training and certification (e.g., Awareness, Operations, Technician, Specialist). The purpose of this course is to provide an effective and efficient means by which those firefighters and first responders can obtain continuing education in the field of hazardous materials. It will provide a refresher for previous training and new information that helps firefighters upgrade their knowledge base.


HAZMAT: Personal Protective Equipment

In this course, the student will be exposed to information and ideas surrounding the proper use of chemical protective equipment (CPE) when responding to emergency incidents where a hazardous material has been released. The student will learn how the protection of firefighters who respond to such incidents must begin well before the response, continue through the response, and only end with a proper follow-up after the incident. Topics discussed will include firefighter pre-hab, pre-entry medical surveillance, selection of the appropriate PPE, and post-entry medical surveillance and on-site firefighter rehab.

HAZMAT: Planning and Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents Planning and Response Considerations for Hazardous Materials Incidents provides a summary of the primary factors that are involved in the proper preparation for and management of response to hazardous materials incidents. Hazardous materials incidents are typically low frequency, high consequence events that emergency responders must successfully manage. The nature of hazardous materials emergency response dictates that specialized training, planning, and preparation be conducted to keep emergency responders, the public, and the environment safe from harm. 1h

HAZMAT: Preparing for Potential Harm and Response

Are you prepared for a potentially harmful incident? How will you respond? In this course, the learner will gain a better understanding of what can be achieved through preparations and planning prior to an emergency incident where hazardous materials are involved. The topics addressed in this course include understanding and evaluating risk, vulnerability, and the probability of harm.

HAZMAT: Responder Safety This course has been designed to help firefighters and other emergency responders, with prior hazardous materials certification and training (e.g., Awareness, Operations, Technician, Specialist), ensure their health and safety when responding to a hazmat scene by understanding how heat stress affects the human body and the impact hazmat suits can have on the responder. This course also explains how to properly characterize a hazard release site to protect the health and well-being of all firefighters and emergency responder personnel at the scene of a hazardous materials release. 1h
HAZMAT: Responding to Terrorist Incidents Given the continual risk of terrorist attacks and large-scale mass casualty incidents, it’s imperative that first responders understand emerging threats and learn from past incidents, so they can effectively operate during the chaotic but critical minutes and hours after an incident or terrorist attack. This course focuses on terrorism, including its definition, the primary goals of terrorists, types of potential targets, types of terrorist attacks, and response preparation. 1h

Hazmat First Responder Awareness (FRA) Level I

This Hazmat First Responder Awareness course assists the First Responder in recognizing the hazardous substance and understanding how to respond. Course Accreditation Disclaimer: This is a general education course, and the Academy is not responsible for continuing education credits that are rejected in any way. Given the variation in the approval and acceptance of continuing education credits state to state, it is advised that you confirm re-certification and training requirements, including accepted courses, with your administrator and check the accreditation page on our site that corresponds with your state.