Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents


The potential for a hazardous material incident exists in almost every setting - in industry, on highways, in public institutions and in shopping malls. NFPA 472 develops the quick assessment, decision-making and safety skills needed by those who may be involved in any level of response to such incidents.

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Dangerous Goods First Responder-Awareness Level
FFTS-S900a Students will learn to identify situations where dangerous goods are present when given various facility or transportation scenarios; the necessary actions to protect themselves and others as well as to control access to the scene when given examples of facility and transportation dangerous goods incidents, the local emergency response plan, the organization's standard operating procedures and the current edition of the North American Emergency Response Guidebook. Students will be able to identify dangerous goods by name, UN/NA identification number, or type placard applied. Given a scenario, students will be able to determine the fire, explosion and health hazard information for each material by using the current edition of the North American Emergency Response Guidebook. Students will also identify the appropriate initial notifications and how to make them consistent with local emergency response plans or the organization's standard operating procedures.

Successful students are eligible to apply for IFSAC and ProBoard certification.

Evaluation: proctored written exam Client-hosted, Online $195 May 23, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Sep 5, 2017
FFTS-S900a
Students will learn to identify situations where dangerous goods are present when given various facility or transportation scenarios; the necessary actions to protect themselves and others as well as to control access to the scene when given examples of facility and transportation dangerous goods incidents, the local emergency response plan, the organization's standard operating procedures and the current edition of the North American Emergency Response Guidebook. Students will be able to identify dangerous goods by name, UN/NA identification number, or type placard applied. Given a scenario, students will be able to determine the fire, explosion and health hazard information for each material by using the current edition of the North American Emergency Response Guidebook. Students will also identify the appropriate initial notifications and how to make them consistent with local emergency response plans or the organization's standard operating procedures.

Successful students are eligible to apply for IFSAC and ProBoard certification.

Evaluation: proctored written exam

Alternative delivery method: Client-hosted, Online
Course Cost: $195
Scheduled: May 23, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Sep 5, 2017
Dangerous Goods First Responder-Operations Level
FFTS-S1200 Certification requires successful completion of NFPA 472 Awareness Level.

Participants will learn to identify the general shapes of typical dangerous goods containers. Given three examples each of liquid, gas and solid dangerous goods, collect hazard and response information using material safety data sheets (MSDS), CHEMTREC/CANUTED/SETIQ and contacts with the shipper/manufacturer. Students will learn to predict the likely behaviour of a material and its container given an incident involving a single dangerous good; to estimate the potential harm within the endangered area at a dangerous good incident; to describe the first responders's response objective for each problem when given scenarios involving facility or transportation dangerous goods incidents; to establish and enforce scene control, including control zones, emergency decontamination and communications; initiate the incident management system (IMS) specified in the local emergency response plan and standard operating procedures; demonstrate the ability to use personal protective equipment; and perform defensive control actions set out in the plan; to evaluate the status of the defensive actions they take to accomplish established response objectives and to communicate the status of the planned response to the incident commander and other response personnel.

Successful students are eligible to apply for IFSAC and ProBoard certification.

Evaluation: practical evaluation, proctored written exam ID# FFTS-S900a Client-hosted $730 Jun 12 - 16, 2017
Sep 18 - 22, 2017
Oct 2 - 6, 2017
FFTS-S1200
Certification requires successful completion of NFPA 472 Awareness Level.

Participants will learn to identify the general shapes of typical dangerous goods containers. Given three examples each of liquid, gas and solid dangerous goods, collect hazard and response information using material safety data sheets (MSDS), CHEMTREC/CANUTED/SETIQ and contacts with the shipper/manufacturer. Students will learn to predict the likely behaviour of a material and its container given an incident involving a single dangerous good; to estimate the potential harm within the endangered area at a dangerous good incident; to describe the first responders's response objective for each problem when given scenarios involving facility or transportation dangerous goods incidents; to establish and enforce scene control, including control zones, emergency decontamination and communications; initiate the incident management system (IMS) specified in the local emergency response plan and standard operating procedures; demonstrate the ability to use personal protective equipment; and perform defensive control actions set out in the plan; to evaluate the status of the defensive actions they take to accomplish established response objectives and to communicate the status of the planned response to the incident commander and other response personnel.

Successful students are eligible to apply for IFSAC and ProBoard certification.

Evaluation: practical evaluation, proctored written exam

Prerequisite: ID# FFTS-S900a
Alternative delivery method: Client-hosted
Course Cost: $730
Scheduled: Jun 12 - 16, 2017
Sep 18 - 22, 2017
Oct 2 - 6, 2017
Dangerous Goods-Technician
#1-DGTC Certification requires successful completion of NFPA 472 Operations Level.

This 72-hour course is designed for anyone who responds to dangerous goods releases or potential releases of dangerous goods. Through theory and practical components, participants will learn how to respond to and mitigate dangerous goods releases and potential releases. Topics covered include analyzing the incident, collecting and interpreting hazard and response information, describing the condition of the container, predicting the behavoiur of containers, planning the response, selecting and using PPC, developing appropriate decontamination procedures, and implementing the response. A large part of the course deals with scenarios and hands-on practical application. Students will be expected to use specialized chemical protective clothing and specialized control equipment.

Textbook: Jones & Bartlett, Hazardous Materials, Managing the Incident 4th Edition

Successful students are eligible to apply for IFSAC and ProBoard certification.

Evaluation: practical evaluation, proctored written exam ID #FFTS-S1200 Client-Hosted $1,470 Jul 17 - 28, 2017
#1-DGTC
Certification requires successful completion of NFPA 472 Operations Level.

This 72-hour course is designed for anyone who responds to dangerous goods releases or potential releases of dangerous goods. Through theory and practical components, participants will learn how to respond to and mitigate dangerous goods releases and potential releases. Topics covered include analyzing the incident, collecting and interpreting hazard and response information, describing the condition of the container, predicting the behavoiur of containers, planning the response, selecting and using PPC, developing appropriate decontamination procedures, and implementing the response. A large part of the course deals with scenarios and hands-on practical application. Students will be expected to use specialized chemical protective clothing and specialized control equipment.

Textbook: Jones & Bartlett, Hazardous Materials, Managing the Incident 4th Edition

Successful students are eligible to apply for IFSAC and ProBoard certification.

Evaluation: practical evaluation, proctored written exam

Prerequisite: ID #FFTS-S1200
Alternative delivery method: Client-Hosted
Course Cost: $1,470
Scheduled: Jul 17 - 28, 2017
Dangerous Goods-Incident Commander
#1-DGCOM Certification requires successful completion of NFPA 472 Operations Level.

This course is designed for anyone responsible for directing and coordinating all activities at a dangerous goods incident. Through theory and practical components, it covers types of hazards and response data, estimating outcomes, planning the response, implementing the response, evaluating progress, reporting and documenting the incident, and conducting incident critiques. Students will be expected to wear breathing apparatus and specialized chemical protective clothing.

Textbook: Jones & Bartlett, Hazardous Materials, Managing the Incident 4th Edition

Successful students are eligible to apply for IFSAC and ProBoard certification.

Evaluation: practical evaluation, proctored written exam

FFTS-S1200 or experience as an incident commander or attendance at a recognized incident command course such as our previous Firefighting Strategy and Tactics - Command (Theoretical). Client-hosted $670 Course will be rescheduled when certification is available.
#1-DGCOM
Certification requires successful completion of NFPA 472 Operations Level.

This course is designed for anyone responsible for directing and coordinating all activities at a dangerous goods incident. Through theory and practical components, it covers types of hazards and response data, estimating outcomes, planning the response, implementing the response, evaluating progress, reporting and documenting the incident, and conducting incident critiques. Students will be expected to wear breathing apparatus and specialized chemical protective clothing.

Textbook: Jones & Bartlett, Hazardous Materials, Managing the Incident 4th Edition

Successful students are eligible to apply for IFSAC and ProBoard certification.

Evaluation: practical evaluation, proctored written exam



Prerequisite: FFTS-S1200 or experience as an incident commander or attendance at a recognized incident command course such as our previous Firefighting Strategy and Tactics - Command (Theoretical).
Alternative delivery method: Client-hosted
Course Cost: $670
Scheduled: Course will be rescheduled when certification is available.