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Advanced Life Support Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents R0247

Curriculum: Hazardous Materials
Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type
10-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in EMS management, fire management, or emergency management.

This rigorous 10-day course is designed for paramedic personnel who have an advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical responsibility at hazardous materials incidents.

Three primary focuses of this course are:

  • In-depth chemistry as it relates to hazardous materials.
  • The medical management of victims.
  • The development and management of the hazardous materials components of the medical support system.

Toxicology and decontamination procedures are covered from an advanced EMS viewpoint.

Strategies for safe emergency medical interaction with contaminated victims are discussed in detail.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 93KB
Welcome letter and Pre-course Assignment Information PDF 144KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

ALS emergency medical personnel who, as a part of their normal duties, may be needed to perform patient care in the warm zone at hazardous materials incidents or patient care of individuals or groups exposed or contaminated with hazardous materials or weaponized chemical agents. (These may include paramedics, physician assistants, medical doctors or registered nurses.)


  1. Incident Command System (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. Applicants must provide current state or national registry paramedic or EMT-I certification or state license as a physician assistant, registered nurse, or medical doctor with external care responsibilities.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
November 8 - 19, 2021 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply February 14 - 25, 2022 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply March 14 - 25, 2022 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply May 9 - 20, 2022 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply July 18 - 29, 2022 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

All personnel assigned to HazMat teams should take this course. Life Safety, Incident Stabilization and Property Conservation--this course tackles all points.