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Hazardous materials first responder course
May 23 @ 9:00 am – May 27 @ 9:00 am
Starting 23 May ’22
Topics – 7
Quizzes – 1
Duration – 32 hours
Skill Level – All levels
Language – English
Assessments – Yes
The aim of this course is to provide first responders, or those with an incident command responsibility, with the necessary knowledge and practical experience to be able to competently deal with an incident involving hazardous materials. The course is built to give them the understanding and the confidence to either bring a hazmat incident to a successful conclusion or manage incident ground activities until the arrival of a tactical advisor or specialist officer. The learners will be prepared for whichever route they want to take.
The course is accredited by JOIFF and aligns with the UK ‘National Operational Guidance (NOG) – Foundation for hazardous materials’, health and safety legislation, and industry best practice. Its flexible nature means it can be adapted to be in accordance with international standards.
What this course covers:
NOG – foundation for hazmats.
Incident scene management.
UN Classes of Dangerous Goods.
Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.
Information gathering at the scene of a hazmat incident using Chemdata®, NCEC’s interactive chemical hazard database; Chemsafe, the UK chemical industry’s advice scheme for emergency services; the Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code; and the Emergency Response Guidebook Physical properties of hazardous materials.
Initial operational response.
Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principals (JESIP).
Wet chemistry and field testing (kits available for purchase).
Delivery model and flexibility
The course is delivered by at least two experts from the Hazmat Academy who have spent time as Category 1 first responders, tactical advisers or sector competent chemists. Some of the content is compulsory to ensure the course complies with industry best practice, health and safety legislation and NOG. However, because there is some flexibility with the course content, organisations can discuss their individual requirements with the Hazmat Academy trainers. This flexibility enables local and regional trends, and current issues to be covered.
This course is run in partnership with the Fire Service College.