Hazardous Materials Operating Site Practices R0229

Delivery type 10-Day On-Campus
ACE recommendation In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, five semester hours in fire science, public safety management, emergency management, public administration, or occupational health and safety.
CEU’s 5.6
Student pre-course materials and course syllabus https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_r0229.pdf PDF 139KB https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/pcm/pcm_r0229.pdf PDF 89KB
Training Specialist

Wayne Yoder

Upcoming offerings

August 20 - 31, 2018 | November 5 - 16, 2018 | March 18 - 29, 2019 | View more

Course description

This 10-day course focuses on the relationship of incident priorities, strategies and tactics as they relate to implementing safe procedures for alleviating the risk at an accidental or intentional hazardous materials incident. It concentrates on integrating risk-based decision-making and knowledge about hazardous materials chemistry, storage, transportation and release scenarios with information about local response plans and systems. Through risk-based decision-making activities, the course participants apply the knowledge and skills gained from the course.

Subjects covered include, among others: regulations and standards as they apply to hazmat teams, hazard interpretation, damage assessment, site characterization, use and interpretation of environmental monitoring instruments, selection of personal protective equipment, assessment of tactical options, and development of operational plans.

Note: This is not a “hands-on” program. Some evening sessions are required.

Selection criteria

Emergency response personnel having hazardous materials response or training responsibility at the technician/specialist level as referenced in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 1910.120 or 40 CFR 311 and National Fire Protection Association 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.


1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online at www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/courses/online.html. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

2. National Fire Academy’s “The Chemistry of Hazardous Materials” (R0234), “Chemistry for Emergency Response” (R/N0233), or documented equivalent training is recommended but not required.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
Apply August 20 - 31, 2018 Immediate vacancy Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply November 5 - 16, 2018 Apply by 6/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply March 18 - 29, 2019 Apply by 6/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 22, 2019 - August 2, 2019 Apply on 10/15/2018 - 12/15/2018 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Post-course requirements None
Comments [Will] help establish nationally recognized goals for incidents...Being a member of a haz mat team, this course has provided me with the knowledge and confidence to be a more involved tech with training and onscene incidents...Provided a much greater understanding of operations when working in Unified Command structure.