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Emergency Response to Ammonia Incidents

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

HMIR:O

Min/Max:

15/40

Description:

Ammonia is one of the highest volume chemicals produced in the United States. It is used in the manufacturing of rocket fuels, synthetic fibers, yeast, explosives, and—most commonly—fertilizers and refrigerants. To address the current problem of theft of ammonia for drug production, this class will familiarize students with nurse tanks, transport containers, and storage facilities where releases may occur. Other topics will include chemical and physical properties of ammonia, hazard and risk assessments, public protection options, and emergency response options to safely mitigate an anhydrous ammonia incident.

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Handling LP Gas Emergencies

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

Basic Firefighter Skills or Firefighter I

Min/Max:

15/30

Host Requirements:

  • Pumper
  • 1 1/2” hose
  • Site for mobile training prop
  • Staff for IMS functions

Description:

LP gas is a potential hazard present in most communities. A complete understanding of LP gas and its hazards is necessary in order to safely and efficiently handle such an incident. This class will present an overview of LP gas properties and characteristics, as well as provide the opportunity for students to participate in an actual fire attack on an LP tank fire. Topics will include common storage containers in residential and commercial use, as well as the components of different types of transport vehicles.

Special Note: When requesting this course the host department will have the option of requesting the residential tank or the bobtail prop. Please let your Regional Training Coordinator know which prop you prefer.

This course is approved by the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

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Hazardous Materials Incident Response: Awareness

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/25

CEU:

EMS CEU’s 8-Non Core

POST:

4-Technical , 2-Skill, 2-Legal

Description:

This course meets the objectives of NFPA 472, 2008 edition and OSHA 29 CFR1910.120. Topics include: Laws and standards of hazardous materials; identifying placards and containers; recognizing when there is a presence of hazardous material; understanding material safety data sheets and shipping papers and using the North American Emergency Response Guidebook (NAERG).

Available as an Online Course. NOTE: POST Credit is NOT awarded for the online version.

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Hazardous Materials Incident Response: Operations

Hours:

24

Prerequisites:

HMIR:A

Min/Max:

15/25

POST:

8-Technical, 2-Interpersonal,
2-Legal, 4-Skill

Host Requirements:

  • SCBAs for each participant and air refill capabilities
  • 1-5” x 5’ section PVC pipe, 4 shovels, booster line, 2-soft bristle brushes, pike poles, tarps.
  • Appropriate site for diking and damming activities including water source

Description:

This course meets NFPA 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents (2008 edition). It will examine the tasks that are within the realm of the hazardous materials operations responder. The first module will include an overview of hazardous materials, using the recognition and identification clues in risk assessment, basic monitoring, decontamination, estimating the likely harm and risks, and determining the options of intervention and nonintervention. The second module will be hands-on and cover diking and damming, diversion, applying foam, and performing emergency decontaminations. This course meets the requirements of NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2008 Edition, Chapter 5 Firefighter I, for the Response to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents: Operations competencies.

This course is approved by the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

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HMIR: TECHNICIAN REFRESHER COURSES



Personal Protective Equipment

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

HMIR:T

Min/Max:

15/30

POST:

4-Technical, 4-Skills

Description:

This course meets the objectives of NFPA 472, 2002 standard and OSHA 29 CFR1910.120. Topics include: Understanding different PPE ensembles, special protective ensembles and coverings, chemical incompatibilities, understanding limitations of PPE, and understanding limitations of the wearer in PPE ensembles.

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Properties, Harm, and Toxicology of Hazards

 

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

HMIR:T

Min/Max:

15/30

POST:

4-Technical, 4-Skills

Description:

This course meets the objectives of NFPA 472, 2002 standard and OSHA 29 CFR1910.120. Topics include: Identify different chemical hazards; Identify responder safety risks and proper PPE ensembles for various hazardous chemicals and substances; Identify public safety risk and establish control zones; Properly interpret research information and formulate incident action plans and recommendations to incident commanders; and, Understand radiological response procedures and explain their significance in predicting the health and environmental impacts.

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Detection and Monitoring

 

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

HMIR:T

Min/Max:

15/30

POST:

4-Technical, 4-Skills

Description:

This course meets the objectives of NFPA 472, 2002 standard and OSHA 29 CFR1910.120. Topics include: Discussion of various types of hazardous materials detection and identification instruments; different survey techniques; advantages and disadvantages of different types of instruments; and other survey and detection methods not utilizing instruments.

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Incident Management

 

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

HMIR:T

Min/Max:

15/30

POST:

4-Technical, 4-Skills

Description:

This course meets the objectives of NFPA 472, 2002 standard and OSHA 29 CFR1910.120. Topics include: Identify procedures for establishing control zones and establishing protective actions; Utilization of the incident command system, documentation and forms utilized during hazardous materials response; and, Authority and responsibility of the safety officer, communications of the planned response, and notification procedures for the incident with various agencies involved in the incident.

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Utilizing the Recognition and Identification Clues

 

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

HMIR:T

Min/Max:

15/30

POST:

4-Technical, 4-Skills

Description:

This course meets the objectives of NFPA 472, 2002 standard and OSHA 29 CFR1910.120. Topics include: Use of various identification clues, interpretation of the clues, and development of strategic goals and objectives to respond to the hazardous materials incident based on clues present on a hazardous materials/WMD incident.

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Decontamination

 

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

HMIR:T

Min/Max:

15/30

This course is G & T approved.

Description:

This course meets the objectives of NFPA 472, 2002 standard and OSHA 29 CFR1910.120. Topics include: Establish a decontamination corridor in the correct location, using information about the material involved to determine the method and materials to be utilized in the decontamination corridor, and different decontamination techniques used in various types of hazardous materials/WMD incidents.

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Predicting the Course of an Incident

 

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

HMIR:T

Min/Max:

15/30

This course is G & T approved.

Description:

This course meets the objectives of NFPA 472, 2002 standard and OSHA 29 CFR1910.120. Topics include: Understanding the course of events for a hazardous materials incident, planning for contingency of unplanned events, anticipating areas of harm, and successful conclusion and demobilization of a hazardous materials incident scene.

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HazWoper

Hours:

24/40

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

Description:

Class is taught in a lecture/practical format. This training program is pursant to CFR 1910.120 and includes hazards/risks, selection and use of PPE, haz-mat terms, basic control and confinement, decontamination, Incident Management System, chemical/toxilogical terminology, surveying instruments, and practical application of the assessment techniques.

This class is available as both a 24 and 40 hour course

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Responding to Chlorine Emergencies

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

HMIR:T

Min/Max:

15/30

Description:

This course will prepare students to respond appropriately to chlorine emergencies. Both lecture and hands-on activities will be used to familiarize students with the physical and chemical properties of chlorine, the health and safety hazards of chlorine, the safe handling of chlorine, chlorine transportation containers, and the safe emergency patching and plugging techniques used during an emergency response to a chlorine release.

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