Emergency Response

Hazmat Decon
Hazmat Emergency Response involves a multitude of individuals and agencies. From the manufacturing and industrial sector to Education and Health, law enforcement,civilian and government sectors. This can range from a bucket of spilled oil, a natural gas leak or a Weapons Of Mass Destruction event.

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First Responder Awareness (FRA) - Course

As required by 29 CFR 1910.120(Q), this course is for First Responders at the "Awareness" level, individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities of the release.


TARGET AUDIENCE First Responders for Industry Emergency Response Teams, law enforcement, firefighter, EMT, Paramedic, etc.

Upon completion of the course students will be trained in the following areas:

  1. An understanding of what hazardous substances are and the risks associated with them in an incident.
  2. An understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present.
  3. The ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency.
  4. The ability to identify the hazardous substances, if possible.
  5. An understanding of the role of the first-responder awareness individual in the employer's emergency response plan including site security and control and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Emergency Response Guidebook.
  6. The ability to realize the need for additional resources and to make appropriate notifications to the communication center.

First Responder Awareness WMD - Course

First Responders WMD is intended to enhance the participant's ability to safely and competently respond to a WMD event within the OSHA HAZWOPER "First Responder Awareness" level, given their specific resources and capabilities. At the conclusion of the "First Responder AWARENESS - Weapons of Mass Destruction" (FRA WMD) Class, the participants will be able to better recognize the presence of "Weapons of Mass Destruction," including "Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Explosive" (NBC+E) weapons, so that they can safely initiate the appropriate emergency response sequence, and notify the proper authorities.

First Responder Operations - Course

First responders at the "Operational" level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting life, environment and property from the effects of the release.

They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance without contacting the chemical. They are trained to keep the chemical from spreading and to prevent exposures.

First Responder Decontamination - Course

The First Responder Operations - Decontamination (FRO Decon) Course, provides participants with the ability to safely and competently perform "Full/Primary" Decontamination in at least "Level B" personal protective equipment, based on their agency's (or a generic) Decon SOP. This is a "Specialty" Course that builds upon OSHA FRO competencies, to perform Decontamination functions within the Contamination Reduction Zone.

First Responder Operations WMD - Course

The First Responder OPERATIONS - Weapons of Mass Destruction(FRO WMD) Course, provides participants with the ability to better recognize the presence of WMD, including "Nuclear, Biological, Chemical or Explosive" (NBC+E) weapons, and implement actions to protect themselves and the public from the effects of an NBC+E incident, those actions taken should be "Defensive" in nature. Understanding the FRO "Role and Goals" at a WMD incident; and understand, the need to balance life safety with evidence preservation.

Hazardous Materials Industry Technition - Course

The goal of this course is to train individuals who will respond in an offensive manner to hazardous materials releases in an industrial setting in compliance with the HAZWOPER regulations. These individuals are required to be trained to the Hazardous Materials Technician level as defined in 8 CCR 5192(q)(6)(C) This course is designed for organizations that have Emergency Responders who are expected to physically come in contact with hazardous materials.

Incident Commander - Course

29 CFR 1910.120(q) and Title 8 CCR Section 5192(q) mandate this training for emergency responders who will assume control of a hazmat response.

IC WMD Class - Course

The INCIDENT COMMANDER - Weapons of Mass Destruction (IC WMD) Class, provides the participants with the ability to better recognize the presence of WMD, including Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Explosive (NBC+E) weapons, and address the unique issues associated with managing an NBC+E hazardous materials incident, in order to better protect responders and the public from the effects of, NBC+E weapons. This is a - Specialty Class - that is intended to enhance the participant's ability to safely and competently MANAGE a WMD event within the OSHA HAZWOPER "Incident Commander" level, given their specific resources and capabilities.

General Site Worker (HAZWOPER) - Course

This course prepares individuals to perform clean-up operations or hazardous substance removal work under 8 CCR 5192 (a)(1)(A)(B)(C) in compliance with the HAZWOPER regulations.

Hospital Emergency Response - Course

This course is to provide healthcare workers with an improved capability to respond to Haz Mat events in a safe and competent manner, within the typical limited response resources and responder capabilities at the "Operations Level".

Hazmat Crime Sceen Preservation & Evidence Collection - Course

The course provides training to Emergency Responders who may have to respond to a Weapons Of Mass Destruction event or an incident that was deliberately engineered. This course will ensure responders are able to assist Law Enforcement Investigators in processing a crime scene.

Canine Decontamination - Course

This course is designed to train Hazmat Response personnel in the best techniques in decontaminating Special Needs service animals including Search and Rescue Dogs.

Due to the unique requirements in providing contaminated animals with an effective decontamination process, First On Compliance personnel have worked closely with Organizations like the California Disaster Rescue Dog Association. (CARDA) in developing and practicing techniques designed specifically to protect service animals and Decon personnel from gross cross contamination.

This course can also benefit volunteer organization personnel that provide animal rescue services during times of crises,such as Hurricane Katrina.

Technician - Modules

Hazardous Materials Technician/Specialist training is an intense series of courses designed to meet the needs of organizations and agencies that require their response personnel to have advance knowledge and skills. The course is broken into modules, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1F < 1G.

Module 1A: Basic Chemistry

Module 1A is an intense introduction to the nature and behavior of chemicals, instruction on atomic structure and the periodic table of the elements and follows through with 22 families of inorganic and organic chemical compounds. Emphasis is on recognition, the physical and chemical hazards associated with the materials, fire chemistry, and the toxic products of combustion.


Module 1B: Applied Chemistry

Module 1B is the practical application of the chemistry learned in module 1A. Air monitoring and detection devices are discussed. Participants will use instrumentation and participate in hands-on laboratory field identification of unknown solid and liquid samples. Students will also work with the latest computer software programs for chemical research, compatibility and reactivity data as well as hazardous vapor plume modeling and graphing. Live demonstrations are used to show reaction consequences.


Module 1C: Incident Considerations

Module 1C focuses on site safety and protective-action options. Students will develop a site safety plan for a variety of scenarios ranging from both transportation and fixed facility incidents. Students are given an introduction to the incident command system (ICS) for hazardous materials operations, emergency response planning, and scene management. Toxicology, particularly measuring lethal and chronic contaminant levels, is also explored. Students participate in a field Level A obstacle course while having to perform various skills and typical operations while wearing encapsulated protective garments.


Module 1D: Tactical Field Operations

Module 1D focuses on the tactics and strategy of entry operations, emergency rescue and medical considerations. Laws and regulations that pertain to response activities, emergency response planning and both bulk and non-bulk packaging requirements for highway, rail, pipeline, aircraft and water transportation are covered extensively. Hands-on activities including drum and tank patching, pipeline and industrial pipe system repair, use of the chlorine emergency kits, decontamination corridor set-up and a full-scale scenario drill is performed. Students incorporate the information learned in previous modules to respond to a variety of simulated emergencies.


Module 1F: Upgrade

Module if qualifies individuals for an Upgrade from the Technician to the Specialist level. Students must also complete - Module 1G before being certified as a Specialist. These courses are offered by special arrangement only. Please contact us regarding specific requirements.

First On Compliance

We are dedicated to providing safety and preparedness training for all types of emergency/disaster scenarios. We service communities, small and medium businesses, large corporations and government organizations.

Providing hands-on preparedness training, expert consultation, Emergency Response training, assessment of written Emergency Preparedness Plans, to meet mandatory regulations concerning hazardous materials, and OSHA compliance.

We also provide Management and Emergency Responders with the required training to be able to respond whether or not the event is accidental or intentional. First On Compliance specializes in OSHA, NFPA, CFR, DOD, DHS, and State, local and organizational regulatory requirements.

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