Introduction to Hazardous Materials

Introduction to Hazardous Materials

Format of Program: Class presented as lecture (on-line coming soon). Hands on Program as well.

Program Length:  Didactic 4 Hours 20 Minutes Prices: Contact us for pricing details

The course meets the requirements of NFPA® 1001 for Firefighter I.

Program description:

After completing this program the students will be able to:

  • Understand introductory knowledge hazmat operations   
  • Identify Department of Transportation (DOT) hazmat placards   
  • Analyze hazmat incident scenarios  
  • Describe effective approaches of first responders to hazmat incident scenarios 
  • Create a digital story illustrating their solution to a hazmat incident scenario

Hands On 4 hours  

  • Scenarios
  • Scenario 1: As a firefighter, I would wear full PPE (turnout gear with SCBA), stay upwind from the incident, and determine the contents of the truck before moving closer. A perimeter should be set to keep the general public away, and additional resources should be ordered if needed. Gas monitors should be used to test for air quality.  
  • Scenario 2: At any medical emergency I would wear general PPE precautions, including latex gloves. In the event a person appears to have a communicable disease, I would wear a face mask (N95 is best). Then I would place a mask on the individual who is sick to stop particulates from becoming airborne. If there is the risk that I might come into contact with blood or other bodily fluids, then I would wear a disposable gown.  
  • Scenario 3: If I need to enter a toxic atmosphere that contains fire, I would don both the standard fire turnout gear and an SBCA. This includes approved gloves, hood, helmet, and boots. I would also follow the mandatory two-in, two-out procedures.