More than 10 years ago, a small group of hazmat professionals saw a training gap in the industry. Looking at agencies that lack continuing training, they felt the need to provide simple, easy-to-use and entertaining lessons to keep responders safe on events and compliant with the regulations.
That was the impetus behind starting PHRT Instruction, which now serves clients across the globe.
To get there, the founders pulled together a team with a wide range of backgrounds in multiple training disciplines. Their goal was to provide easy access to on-going training using simple tools to help both responders and trainers.
The program is offered in person, online or as a mixture of both.
With online being the main form of delivery, students can engage in training anytime of the day or night. They also provide hazmat operations in a hybrid form, and offer full training lessons to various fire agencies, industrial organizations and others.
The company says it offers many unique ways to provide training including in-classroom settings, its flagship of micro-lessons that can be ordered any time online, a hybrid fire academy class, training aids and its newly implemented Hazmat Minutes, where Lead Instructor Chris Pfaff goes over hazmat lessons on Instagram in a daily 1- to 2-minute lesson.
When the team shows up in person, they do so with their Hazmat 243. This cargo trailer stores all the instruction equipment to include PPE, hands-on operations and technician props, reference books, graining foam and other goodies.
The group says its biggest challenge is getting non-hazmat technician agencies to accept the responsibility of ongoing hazmat ops training.