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FCA 170
Hazmat Operations

Credits: 3.0
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20

Preparation for the IFSAC HAZMAT Operations level examination. Focus will be on Personal Protective Equipment, Health and Physical Hazards, Properties and Behavior, Hazardous Materials Identification, Incident Management and Priorities, Mitigation, Decontamination and Defensive Control Functions. The course meets the requirements of OSHA 1910.120 and NFPA 472 Awareness and Operations level core competencies.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Summarize Awareness-Level and Operations-Level responsibilities at hazardous material incidents.
  • Describe types of respiratory protection and its limitations.
  • Describe types of protective clothing
  • Discuss U.S. EPA levels of protective equipment
  • Describe NFPA 1994 PPE ensemble classifications.
  • Describe the U.S. military mission-oriented protective posture (MOPP) ensembles.
  • Discuss PPE selection factors.
  • Discuss health & safety issues when wearing PPE.
  • Explain proper procedures for inspection, testing, and maintenance of PPE.
  • Describe physical properties of hazardous materials.
  • Explain how the General Hazardous Materials Behavior Model (GEBMO) can help firefighters understand the likely course of an incident.
  • Explain container shapes clues to the presence of hazardous materials.
  • Explain transportation placards, labels and marking clues to the presence of hazardous materials.
  • Explain other markings and colors (non-transportation) clues to the presence of hazardous materials
  • Summarize incident priorities for all haz mat and terrorist incidents.
  • Discuss the management structure at haz mat or terrorist incidents.
  • Explain how isolation and scene control is achieved.
  • Explain how the safety of responders and the public is achieved.
  • Summarize general guidelines for decontamination procedures.
  • Describe the three types of decontamination.
  • Discuss rescue at hazmat events.
  • Explain how spill control and confinement is achieved.
  • Discuss crime scene management and evidence preservation.
  • Perform emergency decontamination.
  • Perform defensive control functions related to absorption, diking, damming, diversion, retention, dilution and vapor dispersion.

  • Course Topics
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Health and Physical Hazards
  • Properties and Behavior of Hazardous Materials
  • Hazardous Materials Identification
  • Incident Management
  • Mitigation
  • Decontamination
  • Defensive Control Functions
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Evidence Preservation
  • Responder and Public Safety

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    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.