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Hazardous materials adviser initial course
September 5 @ 9:00 am – September 6 @ 5:00 pm
2022 Course start dates: 4 April, 27 June, 5 September & 21 November ’22
Topics – 12
Quizzes – 1
Duration – 96 hours
Skill Level – All levels
Language – English
Assessments – Yes
The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of emergency responders to enable them to work and develop in the role of hazardous materials tactical adviser. Having worked alongside the emergency services since 1973, NCEC’s hazmat team understand the complexity that some incidents involve and the benefits of a multi-agency, collaborative approach to manage protracted and complex incidents. With this in mind, specialists from various fields (organisations such as the Environment Agency, UK Health Security Agency, the Met Office and specialist clean-up companies) will be brought in to assist with the delivery of various aspects of this course. This course is delivered in line with National Operational Guidance (NOG) – foundation for hazardous materials and best practice and is accredited by JOIFF, the international organisation for industrial emergency services management.
- What this course covers:
- Basic chemistry.
- Incident scene management.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) and a proportionate response.
- Information gathering at the scene of a hazmat incident using Chemdata®
- Emergency Response Guide.
- Smoke plumes and products of combustion.Environmental protection.
- Plume modelling.
- UN Classes of hazardous materials.
- Wet chemistry and sampling.
- Practical scenarios for all UN classes and mixed classes.
- Chemical suicides.
- Agricultural chemicals.
Delivery model and flexibility
Throughout this course learners will study all the UN Classes of hazardous materials, both theoretically and in a scenario-based context. There may be opportunities for specific topics to be covered throughout the course, following discussions with the Hazmat Academy trainers.
The course is delivered by subject matter experts in hazardous materials, who all have either spent time as FRS hazmat leads, first responders, hazmat instructors, tactical advisors or sector competent chemists.
The hazardous materials advisor course is a three-week, in-person course. It consists of an intensive programme of scenario-based learning, utilising subject matter experts as role players and real chemicals to simulate incidents and replicate ‘on the job’ learning.
This course is run in partnership with the Fire Service College.