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Chemistry for Emergency Response R0233

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 hazardous materials.

This 10-day course is designed to prepare the responder to function safely at the scene of a hazardous materials incident by understanding the potential hazards. This is accomplished by gaining recognition of chemical nomenclature and basic principles of chemistry in order to assess risks to responders and the public.

The course seeks to convey to first responders or prevention personnel a sound understanding of the basic chemistry of hazardous materials to permit them to correctly assess the threat posed by hazardous materials incidents that may occur accidentally or intentionally.

Problem-solving sessions and interactive discussion cover topics such as salts and inorganic nonsalts, hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives and hydrocarbon radicals. Applying the science of chemistry to thermodynamics, volatility and combustion provides real-world opportunities.

An understanding of basic chemistry is helpful to receive maximum benefit from the course.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 62KB
Welcome Letter/Pre-course Assignment Information PDF 170KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Emergency response personnel who have responsibility for analysis, management and/or tactical response to hazardous materials incidents.

Fire prevention inspectors, hazardous materials inspectors, regulators and planners where knowledge of the chemical behavior of hazardous materials is essential.


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.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
Apply August 22, 2022 - September 2, 2022 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply January 16 - 27, 2023 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 19 - 30, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 14 - 25, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

Expanded my knowledge in the chemistry field 10-fold. Increased my depth of knowledge of hazardous materials which will be a great benefit to my department's hazmat response.