Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Course

This 8-hour course covers all the requirements for Hazardous Materials First Responder-Awareness certification. The course meets or exceeds the NFPA 472 requirements and exceeds OSHA 1910.120 requirements. The course is designed to provide First Responders with a safe and effective response strategy that falls within the scope and limits of their level of training. Classroom role-playing trains the student to recognize the hazards and initiate the correct response. Limitations and capabilities are reinforced.

See also our 32-hour Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Course.

Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Course

This 32-hour course covers all the requirements for Hazardous Materials First Responder-Awareness certification. The course meets or exceeds the NFPA 472 requirements and exceeds OSHA 1910.120 requirements. The course is designed to provide First Responders with a safe and effective response strategy. Practical field exercises allow students to handle minor situations with the resources typically found at the scene or carried by fire companies.

See also our 8-hour Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Course.

Hazardous Materials Incident Command

This 12-hour course exceeds OSHA 1910.120 requirements for On-Scene Incident Commanders. The course provides the student with the skills necessary to assume the role of On-Scene Incident Commander, going far beyond the rather rudimentary requirements included in the OSHA standard. The course stresses personnel safety, maintaining strict control and knowing when to “walk away from a loser”. Participants are exposed to decontamination and Chemical Protective Clothing to gain a better appreciation of the difficulties these operations involve. The Incident Management System, Unified Command, and other command post operations are fully explained.

Hazardous Materials Team Technician Course

This 40-hour course covers the requirements for Hazardous Materials Team Technician certification. The course meets or exceeds the NFPA 472 requirements and exceeds OSHA 1910.120 requirements. The course is designed to provide Team Technicians with a safe and effective response strategy. Practical field work provides students with the skill and knowledge to operate as a team member conducting Level B and Level A mitigation. Includes extensive focus on Personal Protective Equipment, instrumentation and decontamination.

See also our 80-hour Hazardous Materials Team Integrated Training Course.

Hazardous Materials “Boot Camp”

This course helps provide compliance with 29 CFR 1910.120 (e) (8) and 29 CFR 1910.120 (q) (8) for annual refresher training. Day One is a didactic refresher for Technicians. This condensed class covers all aspects of haz mat response, from “Absorbent” to “Zoning”! The instructor asks random questions of the students on a rotating basis. The interactive format is not intimidating, and allows everyone to take chances and make mistakes without embarrassment. Day Two features practical exercises that have been developed and refined over a 15 year period to achieve maximum output. Participants are assigned various scenarios that require them to develop an action plan. These realistic scenarios are mitigated as a member of an entry team. Each four-person team is rotated through scenarios before “the final response.” This final scenario causes each team to work through the complete response cycle. They are briefed and then pre-entry medical exams are conducted. They must handle each aspect of the response in a safe and efficient manner in order to pass. The team is actually decontaminated and then receives post-entry medical exams. The participants really get into this course. The harder we work the students, the better they like it!


This four-day training course includes thirty-two (32) hours of instruction exceeding the N.O.A.A. and U.S. E.P.A. course criteria guidelines. Two instructors share experience gained through years of actual field use. The course is a comprehensive learning experience covering CAMEO (Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations), ALOHA, and MARPLOT. Mapping strategies, input techniques and other topics will be covered as time permits. Each student will utilize a computer and the first day include basic computer instruction. Prior experience is helpful, but not required. The final exercise will allow the student to complete a CAMEO scenario simulation. Upon successful completion each attendee will receive a certificate. This course will be presented in its entirety, as was originally intended and without compromise. The CAMEO Mac or CAMEO DOS course actually costs less than the two-day refreshers offered by others. Low-cost computer rental is available. CAMEO Mac and CAMEO DOS refresher classes are available in both 4- and 8-hour formats. Annual refreshers include program updates, exercises and hands-on scenarios.

Chemical Highway Cargo Tank Trucks

This 8-hour course describes some of the emergency response considerations both First Responders and Haz Mat Team Technicians dealing with highway cargo tank trucks must understand. The instructor will cover in detail the various vehicles in service on our highway system. The host provides vehicles for “hands-on” walk through of the normal operating equipment and safety equipment on the vehicles. Actual case histories involving different classes of chemical highway cargo tank trucks is used to demonstrate solutions and techniques to handle “real-world” situations.

Confined Space Rescue

This 4-day confined space training course includes thirty-two (32) hours of instruction exceeding OSHA’s Final Rule for Permit-Required Confined Spaces for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.146). The areas of responsibility to be covered are entrant, rescue, attendant, and supervisor as necessary to satisfy these requirements. This course allows for twenty-one (21) students based on current insurance regulations regarding the maximum of 7 students for each instructor. We utilize the finest instructors available. These individuals are “real-world” responders with unique expertise, not part-time instructors. Many companies offer similar training at their facilities at an extremely high cost. Our program is four full days and is presented at your site, eliminating your travel and hotel costs. We offer your entire group a much higher level of training for a significantly lower overall cost. Presenting the course at your site means everyone can attend instead of just a select few. The cost is extremely affordable for a four-day training course with this level of sophistication. This course can be presented in any weather with an indoor facility. The client is responsible for a suitable classroom facility. We strongly encourage obtaining approval to utilize a local facility for hands-on scenario training whenever possible. This increases the overall training experience and builds confidence in the students. We offer a complete “system” approach to your training needs. Our advice before and after the course can save a great deal of time and money, particularly concerning equipment recommendations.

Electrical Hazard Recognition and Abatement

According to NIOSH, work related electrocution take approximately 450 lives each year in the United States. Inadequate training has been recognized as a root cause to the majority of these fatalities. This course is designed to teach employees how to recognize electrical hazards, understand the critical nature of electrical shocks and prevent electrical accidents. Specific topics covered during this 5-hour class include; How electricity works; How shocks occur; Effects on the body; Achieving electrical safety; Hazards of overhead and under ground power lines. At the end of this class, you will become familiar with OSHA Electrical Safety Regulations and be able to identify, eliminate and control electrical hazards. You will understand safe power line working clearances and the proper response to a power line contact. Target Audience includes individuals who are involved with construction and maintenance; Individuals who dig and/or use equipment that reaches could contact an overhead power line; Electricians; Safety Professionals and Supervisors.

Emergency Operations Simulator
This class features one of the most comprehensive tabletop simulators anywhere. This unit consists of changeable “situation panels”, with each panel representing a different type of simulation. This class can handle up to 24 students per session, with two sessions each day. Clients can rotate all personnel through a training session and also schedule certain key people to attend a second session for additional exposure and/or more advanced training. The morning sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m. The afternoon sessions begin at 1:00 p.m and conclude at 4:00 p.m. These times are flexible and can be adjusted to meet your schedule. The client is responsible for a facility physically suitable to handle the simulator and students. This class provides excellent training on various situations in a realistic environment and can be customized for a particular target hazard.

Emergency Response Plans

Comprehensive analysis of your facility and response capability are utilized to develop a complete Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that is not only fully compliant, but fully functional as well. The ERP is delivered in both written and electronic format to facilitate future revision. We can develop a totally new ERP from the beginning, or optimize an existing plan. We can provide an annual review of your ERP and make the necessary revisions and corrections to keep it up to date.

Fire Fighting Foam

Two courses are available. The Basic Foam Class is 8 hours long, including half classroom and half field evolutions. The classroom portion covers terminology, hazard assessment, proportioning foam, types of foam, foam nozzles, foam eductors and techniques for applying foam correctly and safely. The field evolutions demonstrate setting up to operate a foam evolution, foam nozzle operation and application techniques. The Advanced Foam Class is 16 hours and includes everything covered in the Basic Foam Class, plus more extensive practical “hands-on” experience. The host is responsible for supplying training foam concentrate, foam equipment, a pumper and suitable field evolution site.

Haz-Com Training

This training meets the requirements for OSHA 1910.1200 training. Classes are conducted for new hires and/or refresher training as determined by your needs assessment.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Medical Service

This comprehensive two-day course is designed for providers who will treat patients exposed to hazardous materials. This includes both pre-hospital and hospital Emergency Department treatment. Handling the contaminated patient and site worker are explained. Personnel safety and decontamination are stressed.

Hazardous Materials Team Assessment and Testing

The capability of each Technician is tested with a comprehensive written examination. During the practical exercises, randomly selected individual Technicians are rotated through “stations” for evaluation to comply with 29 CFR 1910.120 (q) (8) (i) and (ii). Individual manipulative skills are tested in a realistic environment. Team operation is tested utilizing a simulated incident. A detailed written report assists with the development of revised guidelines. Deficiencies are identified with suggestions to improve capabilities based on observations from the exercise. This comprehensive assessment examines various aspects of team operation. Conducting a review of the emergency response program will determine compliance with the Emergency Response Program Planning Guidelines; Identify emergency response program deficiencies and weaknesses; and Prepare a final report outlining the development of a plan to correct any noted weaknesses and deficiencies. The on-site evaluation will assess program compliance with guidelines. Both objective and subjective analytical techniques will be utilized to gather information from the following sources: The facility Emergency Response Plan, standard operating procedures (SOPs), pre-incident plans and other related supporting documents. Inspection of emergency response vehicles and equipment, and related documentation. Review of training outlines, records and other related documentation. Meetings and interviews with selected individuals. These will include the Fire Chief, Facility EMS Coordinator, Industrial Hygienist, Training Coordinator and a representative of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Instrumentation and Monitoring

This course involves 12 hours of intensive training over two full days. First, the instructor will explain instruments from top to bottom. This foundation will allow the student to fully understand monitors and how they work. The second part covers the “art” of monitoring techniques and strategies. Practical exercises using controlled samples in the classroom to teach students how to determine what the product actually is and calculate the level of concern. The “safe, unsafe and dangerous” concept is utilized when operating in a hazardous environment. Students learn when and where to monitor, when it is not safe to monitor, how to establish zoning and how to determine if decontamination is functioning properly. Engineering controls are covered to assist with the monitoring problem. Personnel safety is carefully explained in great detail.

Hazardous Materials Team Integrated Training

This 80-hour course is recommended for individuals who will all operate on the same team. This course combines the First Responder-Operations and Team Technician courses to eliminate duplicating material. In-depth training on the particular equipment and operational guidelines of the hosting organization is stressed. The 11th and 12th days are conducted at a local facility using props to create realistic simulated incidents. Day 11 is spent performing controlled exercises under the direction of multiple instructors. On the final day these instructors administer a comprehensive practical test utilizing simulated incidents. All practical exercises are conducted according to local operating guidelines and utilize the equipment that the students will be operating. All Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC) training is conducted with the actual suits that will be used after certification.

See also our 40-hour Hazardous Materials Team Technician Course.

Non-Bulk Containers

This 8-hour class provides information and skills to handle releases from non-bulk containers. Newly designed equipment and materials suitable for use in these situations will be demonstrated. Skills will be performed while wearing Chemical Protective Clothing, under simulated conditions. Product transfer and drilling of containers will be introduced during the practical exercises. The types of containers covered include drums, small tanks, totes, cylinders, and other non-bulk containers.

Terrorism Preparedness

We offer all levels of terrorism preparedness training, including Awareness, Operations, Technician, Incident Commander, Pre-Hospital Provider and Hospital Provider. These courses are structured to complement local capabilities and deliver enhanced training over and above the conventional emergency response training typically available. Specialized equipment and tactics are introduced in both didactic and practical environments. Chemical/biological and nuclear experts with extensive experience are utilized to provide the field knowledge needed to understand these issues. This training is suitable for both emergency responders and corporate clients.

Excavations & Trenches Competency

This 8-hour class provides the training required by 29 CFR Part 1926 O.S.H.A. Subpart P. Specific topics include general requirements, definitions, protective systems, soil classification, utilities, hazardous atmospheres, sloping & benching, equipment and confined space. Includes Pretest and Post test. Each successful student receives certification and training card.

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This demonstration showcased several systems and allowed attendees to observe various techniques.


Emery & Associates, Inc. hosted this pilot program for advanced trench rescue. Each student received NUCA certification during this 3-day course.