HazMat Incident Commander

Instructional Hours: 18.00

Course Objective: To provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assume responsibility and make decisions relating to the management of a hazardous materials incident. Upon completion, students will be able to analyze a hazardous materials incident, develop an incident action plan, develop an effective NIMS/ICS organization, determine appropriate public protective actions, implement and coordinate response activities, evaluate and monitor progress and developments, and terminate the incident.

Course Description: Major topics covered in this course include hazardous materials management system; health and safety; incident management system; action plans, site management and control; problem identification; hazard and risk evaluation; personal protective equipment, information management and resource coordination; response objectives; decontamination management; and incident termination. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and team-focused practical exercises.

Successful Completion: Students must attend required classroom sessions, complete all assigned online and classroom activities and homework assignments, demonstrate proficiency in the practical skills evolutions and obtain a score of 70% or better on the final written and practical examinations. This course partially satisfies the professional certification requirements for Hazardous Materials Responder - Incident Commander.


MFRI Hazardous Materials Operations (HM 102) or equivalent.

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