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First Responder Operations - 2014 Edition (24 Hours)

The IAFF developed First Responder Operations (FRO) for those fire, rescue, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel and other personnel who may respond to incidents involving hazardous materials (hazmats) and/or weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Attending this training satisfies the hazardous materials training requirements as stated in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). However, 1910.120 (q)(6)(ii) requires that the employer certify that an individual has met all of the requirements and competencies identified under 1910.120(q)(6)(i) and 1910.120 (q)(6)(ii).

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Technician (80 hours)

This specialized training utilizes a modular format where a fire department may analyze its current level of competency and choose course modules that will provide the skills needed by its hazardous materials team. Training includes offensive procedures for mitigation of hazardous materials spills, leaks and exposures. Topics include chemistry, detection devices, advanced recognition and identification, pre-incident planning, incident management, scene evaluation and termination, terrorism, toxicology, medical surveillance, emergency care, PPE usage and limitations, and decontamination.

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Emergency Response to Terrorism: Operations

(16 hours)

This course takes a risk-based personal scene safety and health approach to incidents of terrorism involving chemical and biological agents; nuclear, radioactive and explosive devices; and their impact on first responders. This course encourages student participation through a variety of team activities, class discussions, case studies and workbook tasks, as well as a practical exercise. This interactive, problem-solving approach to adult learning encourages critical thinking. In addition, the course incorporates operation-level hazardous materials refresher information throughout each unit, reinforcing basic response protocols.

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