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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (FSC 101)

Formerly Hazardous Materials First Responders (FSC 101)

Version 1: 16 hours (2 days). Version 2: 24 hours (3 days). Version 3 and 4: 63 hours (9 days).

New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island, New York.
Version 1: August 1992 - December 1999. Version 2: January 2000 - August 2007. Version 3: September 2007 - September 2012. Version 4: October 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2, 3, and 4: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: safetly respond to and operate at a Hazardous Materials or Weapons of Mass Destruction event; define basic hazardous materials terms; identify and analyze hazardous materials and determine basic hazard and response information;develop an Incident Action Plan (IAP)  to safely and competently perform the tasks of Hazardous Materials Operations Level First Responder; explain the first responder's role at the scene of a hazardous materials incident; initiate scene management; describe hazardous materials control operations; and describe decontamination procedures.


Version 1 and 2: Major topics include: scope of hazardous materials; basic chemistry terms; material safety data sheet; classes of hazardous materials; recognizing and identifying hazardous materials; emergency response guidebook; safety; toxicology; decontamination; personnel protective equipment; hazardous material controls; incident command system; emergency response plan. Version 3 and 4: Same topics as Version 1 and 2; in addition: weapons of mass destruction and emergency response to terrorism; operate within the Incident Command System; effectively implement the FDNY Emergency Response Plan (ERP); analyze hazard risk assessment techniques; correctly select and utilize specialized equipment and supplies provided by the FDNY; properly perform control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the limits and capabilities of the training resources.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Hazardous Materials (5/95) (5/00 revalidation). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Hazardous Materials (11/07 revalidation) (10/08 revalidation).  Version 4: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Hazardous Materials (5/12 revalidation) (7/17 revalidation). NOTE: It is recommended that a maximum of 8 semester hours be awarded to students who successfully complete Hazardous Materials Decontamination Technician (SOC 111), Hazardous Materials First Responder (FSC 101), Hazardous Materials Technician Level I (SOC 210), and/or Hazardous Materials Technician Level II (SOC 211).