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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 Decontamination Technician (SOC 111)


Version 1 and 2: 22.5 Hours (3 days). Version 3: 24 hours (3 days). 

New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island.
Version 1: January 2002 - August 2007.  Version 2: September 2007 - September 2012. Version 3: October 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2 and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the need for decontamination; perform decontamination procedures; administer nerve agent antidote; don/doff all levels of chemical protective clothing; and operate necessary equipment for decontamination.


Version 1, 2 and 3: Major topics include: level of protection; medical considerations; CPC emergency procedures; Mark 1 Antidote Kit; operation of sked; hazardous materials expectations; don/doff CPC level "A", level "B" encapsulated, and level "B" hooded protection; decontamination engine overview; operation of hot water heater; use of power air purifying respirator; operation of decontamination shower; Tokyo Sarin case study; non-ambulatory technician decontamination; and scenarios.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Science, Hazardous Materials, or Emergency Medical Services (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education).  Version 2 and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Hazardous Materials, Fire Science, Fire Science Management,  Fire Technology, Environmental Health, Public Health, Allied Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Medical Services, or Emergency Management (10/08 revalidation) (5/12 revalidation) (7/17 revalidation) (6/22 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).