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Hazardous Materials Incident Management R0243

Curriculum: Hazardous Materials
Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type
6-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire science, public safety management, emergency management, or public administration.

This 6-day course focuses on the duties and responsibilities of the emergency response personnel who will assume the Incident Commander (IC) role in hazardous materials emergencies above the initial response and will implement a National Incident Management System (NIMS)-based Incident Command System (ICS).

Based on the current requirements of 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 and the applicable national standards and plans, the program follows three phases of an incident:

  1. Preplanning,
  2. Incident operations.
  3. Post-incident responsibilities.

This course meets the NIMS requirements for ICS-300.

Topics include:

  • Negligence and liability.
  • Planning.
  • NIMS ICS/Emergency Operations Center (EOC) interface.
  • Training requirements.
  • Emergency response plans.

The student will develop a hazard-based response using risk-based decision-making to develop an Incident Action Plan.

The student’s knowledge of the subject is evaluated through written tests and graded scenarios.

Evening classes and projects are required.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

  • Emergency response personnel who may be called upon to assume the duties of the IC at hazardous materials incidents as described in 29 CFR 1910.120.
  • Safety Officers as described in 29 CFR 1910.120. (See note below.)
  • Departmental training officers, chief officers, company officers and regularly acting officers.
  • Emergency management personnel who would interface with emergency response personnel through an EOC operation at a hazardous materials incident.

Note: While Safety Officers and training officers meet the acceptable criteria for this program, the program is not designed for technician-level personnel.


  1. ICS-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.  Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  2. Departments must certify applicants as operations-level trained.
  3. Emergency management personnel must be certified by their jurisdiction as part of the EOC staff.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
Apply December 12 - 17, 2021 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply January 16 - 21, 2022 Immediate vacancy Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply May 1 - 6, 2022 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply June 26, 2022 - July 1, 2022 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply August 14 - 19, 2022 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland