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  1. Basic Life Support (BLS) and Hazardous Materials Response [HMBLS] (16 Hours)

  2. Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Level - 2011 Delmar Curriculum [DHMA] (7 Hours)

  3. Hazardous Materials Awareness Level - 2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum (4 Hours)

  4. Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Level - NFPA 472 2006 Curriculum - Non PSFA (4 Hours)

  5. Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Refresher - 2011 Delmar Curriculum [DHMAR] (3 Hours)

  6. Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Refresher - 2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum (1.5 Hours)

  7. Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Refresher - NFPA 472 2006 Curriculum - Non PSFA[HMAR] (2 Hours)

  8. Hazardous Materials Operations Level - 2011 Delmar Curriculum [DHMO] (24 Hours)

  9. Hazardous Materials Operations Level - 2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum (24 Hours)

  10. Hazardous Materials Operations Level - NFPA 472 2006 Curriculum - Non PSFA [HMO] (24 Hours)

  11. Hazardous Materials Operations Level Core Competencies - 2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum

  12. Hazardous Materials Operations Level Refresher - 2011 Delmar Curriculum [DHMOR] (6 Hours)

  13. Hazardous Materials Operations Level Refresher - 2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum (6 Hours)

  14. Hazardous Materials Operations Level Refresher - NFPA 472 2006 Curriculum – Non PSFA HMOR] (6 Hours)

  15. Hazardous Materials Defensive Practices [HMDP] (16 Hours)

  16. Decontamination Practices [DCON] (8 Hours)

  17. Propane Emergencies Awareness [PPEA] (4.5 Hours)

  18. Propane Emergencies Operations [PPEO] (8 Hours)

PLEASE NOTE: In order to take a Refresher Course, you must have taken the Prerequisite Training (such as HazMat Awareness and/or Operations Level courses).

Basic Life Support and Hazardous Materials Response
(HMBLS)

Length of Course:

16 hours (12 Hours Lecture / 4 Hours Lab)

Prerequisites:

Fire Service personnel –ELIS or certification by PA DOH Bureau of EMS at some provider level.

Course Goal:

This course is designed to stress the toxicological aspects associated with responding to hazardous materials incidents for emergency medical responders.

Description of Course:

This course wills emphasize critical concerns for emergency medical responders at a hazardous materials incidents. Elements of this course include safety issues for emergency medical service, hazardous materials response personnel: managing contaminated victims requiring emergency medical assistance: decontamination and treatment procedures of a basic life-support nature: and transportation and receiving facilities. Description of Methodology to be

Certifying Agency:

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy

 

Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Level
2011 Delmar Curriculum
(via HACC)
(DHMA)

Course Length:

7 Hours (Lecture)

Course Goal:

Students completing this course will be able to safely and effectively manage a hazardous materials release using first due resources until the arrival of additional specialized units. This program was designed to educate the student in hazardous materials responses and to prepare the student for professional certification testing in accordance with NFPA 472 Awareness Level.

Course Description:

The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders charged with response actions associated with hazardous materials releases. Student will learn and adapt the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management. The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 4 Competencies for the First Responder at the Awareness Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Awareness Level. This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies.

Certifying Agency:

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and Harrisburg Area Community College

Text Used:

Hazardous Materials Handbook: Awareness & Operations Levels, Pennsylvania Custom Edition (DELMAR, CENGAGE Learning)

Hazardous Materials Awareness Level
2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum (via BCCC)

Course Length:

4 Hours

Course Goal:

Provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 4 Competencies for the First Responder at the Awareness Level, 29 CFR 1910.120, OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).

Course Description:

Hazardous Materials Awareness meets and exceeds the requirements for first responders within the 2008 Edition of NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. Additionally, the material presented also exceeds the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Certifying Agency:

Bucks County Community College

Text Used:

Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, by Rob Schnepp (Jones and Bartlett Publishers)

Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Level - NFPA 472
2006 Curriculum - Non PSFA
1
(HMA) Old PSFA Course

Course Length:

4 Hours (3 Hours Lecture & 1 Hour Lab)

Course Goal:

Students completing this course will be able to safely and effectively manage a hazardous materials release using first due resources until the arrival of additional specialized units. This program was designed to educate the student in hazardous materials responses and to prepare the student for professional certification testing in accordance with NFPA 472 Awareness Level.

Course Description:

The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders charged with response actions associated with hazardous materials releases. Student will learn and adapt the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management. The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 4 Competencies for the First Responder at the Awareness Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Awareness Level. This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies.

Description of Methodology:

Lecture, discussion, demonstration, and supervised practice.

Certifying Agency:

This course is not certified by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) but may be taught by special arrangement via Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)

Hazardous Materials Awareness Refresher
2011 Delmar Curriculum
(via HACC)
(DHMAR)

Course Length:

3 Hours (Lecture)

Prerequisite:

Hazardous Materials Awareness level course.

Course Goal:

Students completing this course will be able to safely and effectively manage a hazardous materials release using first due resources until the arrival of additional specialized units. This program was designed to educate the student in hazardous materials responses and to prepare the student for professional certification testing in accordance with NFPA 472 Awareness Level.

Course Description:

The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders who have had the Hazardous Materials Awareness Level 472 course. Student will learn and adapt the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management. The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 4 Competencies for the First Responder at the Awareness Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Awareness Level. [Refresher] This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies.

Certifying Agency:

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy

Text Used:

Hazardous Materials Handbook: Awareness & Operations Levels, Pennsylvania Custom Edition (DELMAR, CENGAGE Learning)

Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Refresher
2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum (via BCCC)

Course Length:

1.5 Hours

Prerequisite:

Hazardous Materials Awareness level course.

Course Goal:

Provide the First Responder with the annual refresher training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 4 Competencies for the First Responder at the Awareness Level, 29 CFR 1910.120, OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).

Course Description:

Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Refresher meets and exceeds the requirements for first responders within the 2008 Edition of NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. Additionally, the material presented also exceeds the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Certifying Agency:

Bucks County Community College

Text Used:

Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, by Rob Schnepp (Jones and Bartlett Publishers)

Hazardous Materials Awareness Refresher Level - NFPA 472
2006 Curriculum - Non PSFA
1 (Old PSFA Course)
(HMAR)

Course Length:

2 Hours (1.75 Hours Lecture & 0.25 Hour Lab)

Prerequisite:

Hazardous Materials Awareness level course.

Course Goal:

Students completing this course will be able to safely and effectively manage a hazardous materials release using first due resources until the arrival of additional specialized units. This program was designed to educate the student in hazardous materials responses and to prepare the student for professional certification testing in accordance with NFPA 472 Awareness Level.

Course Description:

The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders who have had the Hazardous Materials Awareness Level 472 course. Student will learn and adapt the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management. The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 4 Competencies for the First Responder at the Awareness Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Awareness Level. [ Refresher] This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies.

Description of Methodology:

Lecture, discussion, demonstration, and supervised practice.

Certifying Agency:

This course is not certified by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) but may be taught by special arrangement via Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)

Hazardous Materials Operations
2011 Delmar Curriculum
(via HACC)
(DHMO)

Course Length:

24 Hours (12 hours lecture & 12 hours lab)

Course Goal:

Students completing this course will be able to safely and effectively control, manage, and mitigate a hazardous materials release using first due resources until the arrival of additional specialized units. This program was designed to educate the student in hazardous materials responses and to prepare the student for professional certification testing in accordance with NFPA 472 Operations Level.

Course Description:

The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders charged with response actions associated with hazardous materials releases. Student will learn and adapt the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management. The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 5 Competencies for the First Responder at the Operational Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Operations Level. This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies.

Certifying Agency:

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy

Text Used:

Hazardous Materials Handbook: Awareness & Operations Levels, Pennsylvania Custom Edition (DELMAR, CENGAGE Learning)

Hazardous Materials Operations Level
2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum (via BCCC)

Course Length:

24 Hours

Course Goal:

A responder’s ability to recognize an incident involving hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is critical. They must possess the knowledge required to identify the presence of hazardous materials and WMD, and have an understanding of what their role is within the response plan. Hazardous Materials Operations Level will provide fire fighters and first responders with these skills and enable them to keep themselves and others safe while mitigating these potentially deadly incidents.

Course Description:

Hazardous Materials Operations meets and exceeds the requirements for Fire Fighter I and II certification and satisfies the core competencies for operations level responders including the eight mission-specific responsibilities for first responders within the 2008 Edition of NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. Additionally, the material presented also exceeds the hazardous materials response requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Hazardous Materials Operations provides in-depth coverage of:

  • The properties and effects of hazardous materials and WMDs
  • How to calculate potential danger and initiate a response plan
  • Selection, use, advantages, and disadvantages of personal protective equipment
  • Mass and technical decontamination
  • Evidence preservation and sampling
  • Product control
  • Victim rescue and recovery
  • Air monitoring and sampling
  • Illicit laboratory incidents

Certifying Agency:

Bucks County Community College

Text Used:

Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, by Rob Schnepp (Jones and Bartlett Publishers)

Hazardous Materials Operations Level - NFPA 472
2006 Curriculum - Non PSFA
1 (Old PSFA Course)
(HMO)

Course Length:

24 Hours (12 hours lecture & 12 hours lab)

Course Goal:

Students completing this course will be able to safely and effectively control, manage, and mitigate a hazardous materials release using first due resources until the arrival of additional specialized units. This program was designed to educate the student in hazardous materials responses and to prepare the student for professional certification testing in accordance with NFPA 472 Operations Level.

Course Description:

The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders charged with response actions associated with hazardous materials releases. Student will learn and adapt the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management. The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 5 Competencies for the First Responder at the Operational Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Operations Level. This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies.

Description of Methodology:

Lecture, discussion, demonstration, and supervised practice.

Certifying Agency:

This course is not certified by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) but may be taught by special arrangement via Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)

 

Hazardous Materials Operations Level - Core Competencies
2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum

Course Length:

16 Hours

Course Goal:

 

Course Description:

 

Certifying Agency:

Bucks County Community College

Text Used:

Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, by Rob Schnepp (Jones and Bartlett Publishers)

Hazardous Materials Operations Level Refresher
2011 Delmar Curriculum
(via HACC)
(DHMOR)

Course Length:

6 Hours (2 hours lecture & 4 hours lab)

Prerequisite:

Hazardous Materials Operations level course.

Course Goal:

Students completing this course will be able to safely and effectively control, manage, and mitigate a hazardous materials release using first due resources until the arrival of additional specialized units. This program was designed as annual refresher training for students who have taken the Hazardous Materials Operations Level 472 course and provide hands on opportunities to exhibit the practical skills learned as part of that program.

Course Description:

The primary target audiences for this refresher course are the First Responders who have taken the Hazardous Materials Operations Level 472 course. The Student will use previous learned skills and information presented during the class room training to perform the skills associated with NFPA 472 Chapter 5 Competencies for the First Responder at the Operational Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Operations Level.

Certifying Agency:

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy

Text Used:

Hazardous Materials Handbook: Awareness & Operations Levels, Pennsylvania Custom Edition (DELMAR, CENGAGE Learning)

Hazardous Materials Operations Level Refresher
2010 Jones and Bartlett Curriculum (via BCCC)

Course Length:

6 Hours

Prerequisite:

Hazardous Materials Operations level course.

Course Goal:

A responder’s ability to recognize an incident involving hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is critical. They must possess the knowledge required to identify the presence of hazardous materials and WMD, and have an understanding of what their role is within the response plan. Hazardous Materials Operations Level will provide fire fighters and first responders with these skills and enable them to keep themselves and others safe while mitigating these potentially deadly incidents.

Course Description:

Hazardous Materials Operations Level Refresher meets and exceeds the requirements for Fire Fighter I and II certification and satisfies the core competencies for operations level responders and exceeds the hazardous materials response requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Certifying Agency:

Bucks County Community College

Text Used:

Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, by Rob Schnepp (Jones and Bartlett Publishers)

Hazardous Materials Operations Level Refresher - NFPA 472
2006 Curriculum – Non PSFA
1 (Old PSFA Course)
(HMOR)

Course Length:

6 Hours (2 hours lecture & 4 hours lab)

Prerequisite:

Hazardous Materials Operations level course.

Course Goal:

Students completing this course will be able to safely and effectively control, manage, and mitigate a hazardous materials release using first due resources until the arrival of additional specialized units. This program was designed as annual refresher training for students who have taken the Hazardous Materials Operations Level 472 course and provide hands on opportunities to exhibit the practical skills learned as part of that program.

Course Description:

The primary target audiences for this refresher course are the First Responders who have taken the Hazardous Materials Operations Level 472 course. The Student will use previous learned skills and information presented during the class room training to perform the skills associated with NFPA 472 Chapter 5 Competencies for the First Responder at the Operational Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Operations Level.

Description of Methodology:

Lecture, discussion, and scenario based practical evolutions.

Certifying Agency:

This course is not certified by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) but may be taught by special arrangement via Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)

 

Hazardous Materials Defensive Practices
(HMDP)

Course Length:

16 Hours (8 Hours Lecture / 8 Hours Lab).

Prerequisites:

IAFF or other First Responder Operations-level training per OSHA 29-CFR-1910.120(q).

Course Goal:

Ideally the student shall develop a working proficiency of Defensive Practices when working with Hazardous Materials.

Course Description:

A hands on program developing proficiencies when working with hazardous materials and WMD emergencies. An emphasis will be placed in the safe handling and control of personnel and the spill site. This will be done with drills in setting up zones, identifying material and its properties, and identifying levels of protective clothing necessary. Drills in proper types of decontamination, both land and water containment practices will be included. This will be achieved using as many items commonly available or easily accessible to fire personnel.

Certifying Agency:

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy

Decontamination Practices
[DCON]

Course Length:

8 Hours (4 hours lecture & 4 hours lab)

Prerequisites:

 

Course Goal:

Upon successful completion the student shall be able to identify and demonstrate proper levels of PPE as they relate to Decon. Identify and demonstrate proper Decontamination procedures in various scenarios.

Course Description:

A hands on program developing proficiencies when working with hazardous material and WMD emergencies to assist Hazardous Materials Teams and Strike Teams at the Operations level. This will be done with drills in setting up zones, identifying material and its properties, and identifying levels of protective clothing necessary. Drills in proper types of decontamination will be included. This will be achieved using as many items commonly available or easily accessibly to fire personnel and Hazardous Materials Teams.

Certifying Agency:

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy

Propane Emergencies Awareness
(PPEA)

Length of Course:

4.5 hours (Lecture)

Prerequisites:

ELFG or training to the OSHA/EPA Haz-Mat Awareness level or greater.

Course Goal:

A student completing this course will be able to recognize the hazards involved in a propane/liquefied petroleum gas emergency and take appropriate response actions at the OSHA/EPA First Responder-Awareness level.

Description of Course: This program has been designed for emergency response personnel (law enforcement, EMS, emergency management, entry-level fire service personnel, public works and transportation employees) whose duties meet the OSHA definition of the Awareness level of hazardous materials response. Students will learn about the basic properties and hazards of propane and liquefied petroleum gases, and will be able to take appropriate actions consistent with the limitations of the Awareness level to protect lives and property during an incident involving propane.

 

Propane Emergencies Operations
(PPEO)

Length of Course:

8 hours (Lecture)

Prerequisites:

ELIF or EBM and training or certification to the OSHA/EPA Haz-Mat First Responder Operations level or greater.
NOTE: Propane Emergencies Awareness (PPEA) is NOT a prerequisite for this course; each course in this series is designed to be a stand-alone course. The material in PPEA is repeated in PPEO.

Referenced Text:

NPGA Propane Emergencies (Hildebrand & Noll, 1999) and NPGA Propane Emergencies Facilitator’s Guide (Callan, 1999)

Course Goal:

A student completing this course will be able to recognize the hazards involved in a propane/liquefied petroleum gas emergency and take appropriate response actions at the OSHA/EPA First Responder-Operations level.

Description of Course:

This program has been designed for fire fighters and related emergency response personnel (such as entry-level haz-mat team members) whose duties meet the OSHA definition of the Operations level of hazardous materials response. Students will learn about the basic properties and hazards of propane and liquefied petroleum gases, containment vessel characteristics, and control strategies for the more common types of propane emergencies (consistent with the limitations of the Operations level).

1 The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) has adopted the Delmar Curriculum for Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations level training. These courses may still be taught but without PSFA accreditation, such as for Industrial (or other) clients.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to take a Refresher Course, you must have taken the Prerequisite Training (such as HazMat Awareness and/or Operations Level courses).

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