Chemistry for Emergency Response

HAZ036 – 80.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This 10-day course is designed to prepare responders to function safely at the scene of a Hazardous Materials (HazMat) incident by understanding the potential hazards. This is accomplished by gaining recognition of chemical nomenclature and basic principles of chemistry in order to assess risks to responders and the public.

Problem-solving sessions and interactive discussion cover topics such as salts and inorganic nonsalts, hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives, and hydrocarbon radicals. Applying the science of chemistry to thermodynamics, volatility, and combustion provides real-world examples.

An understanding of basic chemistry is helpful to receive maximum benefit from the course.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Course Attire

For classroom activities, participants must wear full length pants, closed-toe shoes, and short sleeve / long sleeve shirts (no sleeveless shirts).

Participants Must Provide

  • a photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.

Attendance Requirements

Class attendance is an essential part of the education process and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. This course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirements, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.

Physical Recommendation

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

Prior Knowledge Recommendation 

An understanding of basic chemistry is helpful to receive maximum benefit from the course.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Chemistry Basics
  • The Periodic Table and Atomic Structure
  • Salts
  • Inorganic Salts
  • Organic Chemistry-Introduction to the Hydrocarbon Family
  • Hydrocarbon Derivatives
  • Physical and Chemical Properties
  • Toxicity of Chemical Families

Suggested Audience

Individuals likely to be involved in or serve in one of the following capacities: 

  • emergency response rescue team
  • law enforcement personnel
  • toxicologists
  • industrial hygienists
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staff
  • other emergency response fields

Other Information

Class Location and Travel Information

Classes are conducted at Brayton Fire Training Field
1595 Nuclear Science Road
College Station, Texas

Hotels in College Station

Funding Option

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

Contact Information

Nick Hickson

Training Manager
Phone: (979) 500-6842 | (866) 878-8900
Email: [email protected]

Payment Info

  • Credit Card – Complete online registration or call (979) 845-2130.
  • Purchase Order – Complete online registration and send a copy of PO documentation within 48 hours.