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Hazardous Materials Technician – 80 Hour

This 80-hour course is designed to provide the responder with the understanding and skills necessary to respond to most hazardous materials emergencies in an offensive or defensive manner. The course is designed to be a mix of hands on and classroom. The course has additional hands on exercises to increase responder’s confidence in working in personal protective equipment in a safe manner. Completion of this course is dependent on both field skills and written examination. This class meets 29 CFR 1910.120(q) and NFPA 472 2018 Chapter 4, 5. and 7 for the Hazardous Materials Awareness, Core Operations and Technician Levels. Certification from the National Fire Pro Board or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) can be obtained for this Class. These are people who respond with the purpose of stopping the release. They can take both defensive and offensive measures. Class will cover most modes of transportation and common container types. The class will stress the following: 1. Know how to implement the employer's emergency response plan. 2. Know how to classify, identify, and verify known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment. 3. Be able to function within an assigned role in the incident command system. 4. Know how to select and use proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment provided to the hazardous materials technician. 5. Understand hazard and risk assessment techniques. 6. Be able to perform advance control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources, and personal protective equipment available with the unit. 7. Understand and implement decontamination procedures. 8. Understand termination procedures. 9. Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior. 10. Understand what Weapons of Mass Destruction are and how to recognize them. Describe monitoring, decontamination and personal protective equipment that is effective against these agents.