Hazardous Materials Sessions

Chemical Suicides

Instructor:  Jeffrey Zientek
Chemical suicides present challenges for first responders, especially if they have never encountered them or are not familiar with the process.  Many times, the victim warns emergency responders, however, many times they do not!  This session introduces the chemical-assisted suicides process, describes real-life examples, and provides tips on how first responders can rapidly recognize a potential chemical suicide event. Includes guidance for responding to these events in ways that protect responders and members of the public.


Dangerous Properties of Hazardous Materials (90 minutes)

 Instructor:  Randy Perlis

This class will present and discuss the various physical and chemical properties that determine the hazard classification and dangers associated with hazardous materials. Using actual case scenarios, the hazards associated with these chemicals will be presented. Participants will learn what makes a substance a hazardous chemical and what dangers are associated with the chemical hazards.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn about what conditions make hazardous materials become dangerous.

Participants will learn how to predict how certain hazardous materials can become dangerous.

Participants will learn regulations pertaining to the handling and disposal of hazardous materials.


Emerging Terrorist Threats for First Responders

Instructor: Chris Angermuller

This course will provide an overview of recent terrorist events that have occurred across the world and the threat to first responders. A comprehensive review of methodology and modern methods that terrorist utilize to cause disruption and harm will be presented. This course will also evaluate and present ways that hazmat teams and law enforcement can work together to increase responder safety and mitigate a potential terrorist incident in a more efficient manner.

Hazardous Materials Response for the First Due Company
Instructor:  David Ladd

This Hazardous Materials operations level course was developed to assist the first due company in ensuring a safe and effective response to hazardous materials/WMD incidents.

Following our 7 tactical priorities known as C-H-E-M-P-H-D©, the first arriving responder will be able to effectively and safely size-up any hazardous materials/WMD Incident with consistency and confidence.

Each response protocol is designed to be adaptable around your level of training and does not require specialized PPE, monitors, or meters. Decisions are made based on information gathered through simple research, meters and monitors (if available as part of your response), and observations.

What sets this response program apart is it is designed to promote consistency across the response spectrum allowing each responder to take appropriate actions (rescue, decontamination, and mitigation) during a Hazardous Materials/WMD incident.


Hazmat Officer Development  (This is a two-part class - 90 minutes each)


Mark Sicuso

Jeff Post

You are now the hazmat officer. You have choices and decisions to make. In this lively discussion we will dive into why and what will shape and influence our decisions. We often placed into making command decisions, but we are rarely told what goes into training your brain on what will affect your thinking and in turn what you chose.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this class Haz Mat officers and leaders will learn what shapes their decision making and how to train their brain.After attending this class Haz Mat officers and leaders will be able to share with other leaders and officers how to make good decisions.

HazMat Role in Confined Spaces
Instructor:  Jeffrey Zientek

Confined spaces are becoming more of a hazardous materials incident than a technical rescue incident.  This case study discusses two incidents that happened in the Phoenix area that resulted in the deaths of 5 people total.  Each incident contained different products and different tactics were employed for each.  What is the responsibility of the Hazmat Team on these incidents?  How does product identification effect the rescue/recovery?  What is the PPE choice?  These plus other factors will be explored in this discussion.


Organic Chemistry for Hazardous Materials Responders

Instructor:  Randy Perlis
This class will present and discuss the various physical and chemical properties that are associated with common industrial organic chemicals. Using actual case scenarios, the hazards associated with organic chemicals will be presented and how to identify the characteristic hazards associated with these chemicals.

Tactical Decontamination for Hazardous Materials & WMD Incidents
Instructor:  David Ladd

This course was developed to provide all first responders the tools and knowledge to effectively determine exposure, develop and establish a decontamination strategy, and decontaminate those victims of incidents that involve Hazardous Materials/WMD’s.

Tactical decontamination is the aggressive targeted application of decontamination techniques that specifically enhance first responder safety and patient care during hazardous materials and multi-threat incidents.


The following categories of Hazardous Materials/WMD’s and the decontamination strategy for each will be presented:

•       Differentiate between exposure and contamination.

•       Identify the various routes of exposure.

•       Discuss the chemical properties that play a role in decontamination.

•       Identify methods of decontamination in a given incident:

•       Hazardous materials/WMD’s and select chemicals

•       Intentional and accidental exposure/contamination

•       Multi-threat incidents involving law enforcement

•       Identify the 4 levels of PPE for decontamination

•       Health care/1st Responder considerations for handling a contaminated patient

This course will allow the participant to determine the appropriate course of action utilizing hazard response information. The pros and cons of various decontamination tactics will also be discussed to ultimately assist the responder with determining the best decontamination strategy to initiate.  

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