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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Nassau County Fire Service Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

New York State Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations

Formerly Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations

Version 1: 14 hours (7 weeks) Version 2: 15 hours (7 weeks). Version 3: 18 hours (6 weeks). 

Classroom-based or distance learning course offered through Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.

Version 1: September 2003 - March 2011. Version 2: April 2011 - February 2016. Version 3: March 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2 and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define basic hazardous materials terms; identify hazardous materials and determine basic hazard and response information; 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: This course is designed to prepare emergency responders to effectively and safely respond to and stabilize hazardous materials incidents from the defensive position and may be delivered in a traditional classroom format or in a hybrid (3 hour classroom and coursework online) format with a proctored final exam administered at the Fire Service Academy. 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; and emergency response plan.Version 3: In addition to the above, also includes:  3 hours of active scenarios that require students to view demonstrations and participate in guided practice during which they assist a technician in donning and doffing of class "A" and "B" protective equipment, perform product identification, and set up and utilize a decontamination station. 

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Science, Fire Service Administration, Fire Protection Technology, Hazardous Materials, Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Public Health, Allied Health, Environmental Health, Police Science or Emergency Medical Service (12/08) (3/13 revalidation) (4/18 revalidation) (4/23 revalidation).