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First Responder Awareness and Operations Training

HAZ001  - 24.00 Hours


This course can be scheduled to meet your specific requirements. For more information about this course
or to schedule a class, please contact us at (866) 878-8900 or esti@teex.tamu.edu.


This course meets or exceeds the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents Chapter 4, “Competencies for Awareness-Level Personnel,” Chapter 5, “Core Competencies for Operations Level Responders,” Chapter 6.2, “Mission-Specific Competencies: Personal Protective Equipment,” and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 (q)(6)(i) and (q)(6)(ii) for Awareness and Operations-Level Personnel.


There are no prerequisites for this class


  • Analyze the incident
  • Detect the presence of Hazardous Materials (HazMat)/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
  • Survey a HazMat/WMD incident from a safe location
  • Initiate protective actions
  • Initiate the notification process
  • Collect hazard information from the current edition of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)
  • Determine scope of the problem
  • Determine potential outcomes
  • Plan a response
  • Capabilities of operations level personnel
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Identifying/Donning/Doffing/Working in/Hazards
  • Implement the response
  • Establish Control Zones/Emergency Decontamination/Communications
  • Implement protective actions
  • Perform operations level tasks
  • Evaluate Progress
  • Communicate Status


  •   Personnel who could encounter an emergency involving HazMat/WMD and who are expected to recognize the presence of the HazMat/WMD, protect themselves, call for trained personnel, and secure the area
  •   Personnel who respond to emergencies involving hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, the environment, or property from the effects of the release


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


You must wear for training activities and classroom sessions

  • regular work attire
  • safety shoes

You may not wear to any class or field activity

  • shorts
  • sleeveless shirts
  • open-toed shoes


Due to the strenuous nature of class activities, participants should secure a professional evaluation of their physical condition prior to enrolling in this course

Education Credits

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

1.60 CE

1.60 CEU

Contact Information

Mike Faught

HazMat Training Manager

Phone: 979.458.3640

Other Information

Courses will begin at 8 a.m. on the first day of class unless other arrangements have been made.

You can use the above online registration link or our registration form. Please fill it out, print it, and fax it to (979) 458-4368.

For responders in the state of Texas, this course is also available at no cost through the Texas Division of Emergency Management. www.preparingtexas.org



  • Does not include lodging or meals.

Fees must be paid prior to or on the first day of class unless other arrangements have been made.

Course dates and fees are subject to change without notice.

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