Hazardous Materials Awareness (HMA)
Class Date(s) Saturday, Feb 20 2021 8:30AM-5:00PM  
Class# 21FS95011  

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Description: The goal of the Hazardous Materials Awareness (HMA) course is to prepare students who, in the course of their normal duties, could encounter an emergency involving hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD). They are expected to recognize the presence of a hazardous material/ WMD, call for trained personnel to assist, secure and protect the area. This course serves as initial training as required under 29 CFR 1910.120 and the educational requirements of NFPA 472 standard to the Awareness Level.

Students will be trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They shall have sufficient training or have had sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency to understand what hazardous substances are, the risks, potential outcomes, the ability to recognize and identify their presence, their role including site security, safe scene management and how to use the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Emergency Response Guidebook during a hazardous materials/WMD emergency. Description of Methodology: The methodology for this course consists of classroom lecture.

The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 4 Competencies for the First Responder at the Awareness Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Awareness Level.

Training Audience: The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders (fire, rescue, emergency medical, police, etc.) who will witness or discover a hazardous substance/materials release

Prerequisite(s): None

Course Length: 4-hours

Certification: Pennsylvania State Fire Academy certification will be issued.

Textbook: Current textbook needed will be loaned to the student for the duration of the class. Students will be charged for the cost of the textbook if not returned at the end of the course.

Equipment Needs: Pen / pencil, note-taking material.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Continuing Education Hours: None

Course Contact: Jeff Groves, Fire Training Coordinator, office: (610) 344-5017 or via email at jgroves@chesco.org.


Price $100.00
Class Location
Academic Bldg. #121 / Arcelor Mittal Room
Public Safety Training Campus , 137 Modena Road
Coatesville, PA   19320
(610) 344-4100