The Advanced Hazardous Materials Technician course prepares Technician-level responders for advanced Hazardous Materials response. This 40-hour course, based on NFPA® 470: Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Standard for Responders and NFPA® 1072 and 472 standards, provides the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate offensively or defensively at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials. The objectives of the course are to teach participants: basic Hazmat chemistry, to classify, identify, and verify known and unknown material by using field survey instruments and equipment; to be able to perform advanced control, containment, and/or confinement
operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available along with specialized mitigation techniques for railway tank cars and highway cargo tanks. This course also meets or exceeds OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q).
Covered by PHMSA’s HMEP Grant for Louisiana First Responders
Hazardous Materials Managing the Incident, Jones & Bartlett Learning, Fifth Edition.
All necessary Personal Protective Equipment for this course will be provided. Medical monitoring will be performed as needed prior to any training field activities. Medical monitoring must show a student’s blood pressure to be below the NFPA 1582 Stage 2 Hypertension standard (i.e., systolic pressure greater than or equal to 160 mm Hg or diastolic pressure greater than or equal to 100 mm Hg). Students who cannot meet this standard will not be allowed to participate in training field activities which are required to complete the course.
Lodging is provided at the Joint Emergency Services Training Center (JESTC) Staff Development Center at no cost for students who reside outside 50 miles of the training site.
Due to the remote location of JESTC, lunch is provided for all students, and additionally, breakfast is provided for students who require lodging at the Staff Development Center.