This course offers the traditional Hazmat Awareness and Operations content in a blend of 8 weeks of online instruction and 2 hands-on skills sessions. During that time, student will have weekly online studies including online presentations, videos, student activities, chat sessions, and weekly quizzes. Students will have live interaction with an IFSI Hazmat instructor via the online classroom page. They will also be provided with detailed skill sheets, to be completed at their own fire department, before the hands-on skills sessions. Students use these sheets to become proficient in basic skills prior to the practical sessions.
This course provides to those who are or will be operating as a member of a fire department, law enforcement agency, EMS agency, emergency management agency, or other first responder agency, the basic skills needed to evaluate and work defensively at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials. The objectives of the course are to teach participants: basic hazards and risk-assessment techniques for Hazmat and CBRNE environments; selecting and using proper personal protective equipment provided to the first responder at the Operations level; performing basic control, containment and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available; an understanding of the types of CBRNE and WMD events that may be presented to the first responder; and an understanding of the relevant standard operating guidelines and termination procedures.
IFSI prerequisites are based on Illinois and NFPA standards. Equivalencies from other agencies will be reviewed upon request.
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