USFA Hazmat Class to Focus on Monitoring Equipment


The U.S. Fire Administration is holding a free in-person, scenario-based course to help students make better decisions during hazmat incidents. Advanced Science of Hazardous Materials Response (course number R0655) will be held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.

This 6-day course is designed to facilitate comprehension, analyzing and implementation of the facts and science given the circumstances associated with risk-based response and decision-making.

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This scenario-based course is intended to facilitate students gaining and sharing the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively make and verbalize justifiable risk-based decisions and sharing those outcomes with others involved in the response decision-making process.

Throughout the course, students work on scenario-based activities relating to the development of science-based, incident-related information that meets the needs of the community and is justifiable and compatible with the current and emerging standard of care.

Writing about the course on a LinkedIn post, course training specialist Dave Donohue wrote that students “will discover why your detection and monitoring equipment does what it does and, more importantly, how to apply the information that they provide you.”

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Those interested in taking the course will need Incident Command System 100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. A chief’s signature on the application attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

USFA also highly recommends that individuals complete the National Fire Academy’s R0233 Chemistry for Emergency Response course prior to attendance.

You can learn more about the course here. And you can see the syllabus here.

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