Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Response Awareness
This Awareness course is the first level of first responder certification. A first responder must be properly trained and mentally prepared when called upon to respond to a hazardous material or weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incident. This course will cover the necessary basics as well as the use of the Emergency Response Guidebook. The course meets the federal regulations as set by OSHA 1910.120, NFPA 1072 (2017 edition) and Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP). This course is worth 8 Missouri Bureau of EMS non-core CEUs.
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Define a hazardous materials incident. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Describe roles and responsibilities of first responders in hazardous materials incidents.
- Recognize ways that hazardous materials harm people. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- List hazardous materials regulations, definitions, and statistics.
- Restate the seven clues to the presence of hazardous materials. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Explain how preincident plans, occupancy types, and locations may indicate the presence of hazardous materials. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Identify basic container shapes that indicate the presence and hazards of hazardous materials. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Describe ways that U.S. transportation placards, labels, and markings indicate the presence and hazards of hazardous materials. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Describe ways that Canadian transportation placards, labels, and markings indicate the presence and hazards of hazardous materials. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Describe ways that Mexican transportation placards, labels, and markings indicate the presence and hazards of hazardous materials. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Identify other markings and colors that indicate the presence of hazardous materials. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Describe ways written resources are used to identify hazardous materials and their hazards. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Explain the limited role of the five senses for identifying hazardous materials.
- Explain the role of monitoring and detection devices for Awareness Level personnel.
- Recognize notification procedures. [NFPA 1072, 4.4.1]
- Describe ways first responders use the Emergency Response Guidebook at hazardous materials incidents. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1, 4.3.1]
- Explain the role of first responders in initiating protective actions. [NFPA 1072, 4.3.1]
- Identify actions that Awareness level personnel should take when responding to terrorist incidents. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1, 4.3.1]
- Make appropriate notifications of a hazardous materials incident. [NFPA 1072, 4.4.1]
- Identify indicators and hazards present at a hazardous materials incident using approved reference sources. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1]
- Implement protective actions at a hazardous materials incident. [NFPA 1072, 4.2.1, 4.3.1]
This course has been developed as an asynchronous (independent learning) opportunity for students wishing to enhance their preparedness for hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction incidents. As such, students should acquire the designated textbooks and follow the course sequence as presented on the "Modules" tab. Students starting at the top of the modules tab should complete each assignment which will be indicated by a green checkmark on the right side of their modules page. Once an assignment receives a green check mark, the student is then able to work on the next assignment on the list.
Students are encouraged to thoroughly read their textbooks and contact their course manager with any concerns or questions.
This course is reading intensive.
The activities included in this course are designed so that students may apply what they learn through their course readings and supplementary materials to their own department or response areas.
Assessments and Grading
Successful completion of a module quiz by scoring a minimum of 70% is required to unlock the subsequent module. After all module quizzes are completed, the end of the course project will be unlocked.
Quizzes are automatically graded and immediately available for review.
To contest a quiz question or assignment score, email [email protected]. Include the course name, the specific course element to be contested (for example quiz name, the question number) and the reason for why you contest this element (for example: how you answered the question, and why you believe the provided response was correct). Screenshots are appreciated.
Textbook & Reading Materials
International Fire Service Training Association. (2017). Hazardous Materials for First Responder. Fifth Edition. Tulsa, OK. https://www.ifsta.org/shop/ebook-hazardous-materials-first-responders-5th-edition/75004
U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. (2016). Emergency Response Guidebook. Washington, D.C. https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/erg/erg2016-english
Upon successful completion of this online course, the student will gain access to download a course completion certificate. The student's successful participation will be recorded on their MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute transcript, which may be requested at any time by completing and submitting a transcript request form.
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