Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
15 hours online and 16 hours in-person simulation lab
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Fire Science, Chemistry, or Physical Science
Student must score a minimum of 70% for online testing and 100% for hands-on simulations evaluations.


The course objective is to produce safer and more effective incident operations that involve hazardous materials.

Learning Outcomes:

  • collaborate with co-responding agencies and develop and initiate an incident action plan that follows 29 CFR 1910.120 requirements and recommendations
  • assign later arriving units that match the IAP with clearly identified tasks, locations, and objectives
  • assign sector responsibilities to the initial Co. Officers assigned to each geographic position or function when appropriate
  • address and facilitate the completion of the tactical priorities based on the CFGF
  • reference all pertinent pre-plan material and AVL info that is available on the MCT
  • position the CP and operate in the correct command mode
  • evaluate the current critical factors, challenge and verify the original incident commander's strategy and IAP
  • manage the accountability process by maintaining a current/accurate tactical worksheet
  • evaluate hazardous materials incident types and develop planning, mitigation, response, and recovery operations necessary to effectively deal with these materials
  • identify the obvious critical fire ground factors
  • develop an IAP that corresponds with the strategy and identify the correct initial attack positions and/or actions
  • transmit an effective initial radio report, monitor radio traffic while responding to the incident, and log responding and assigned units on tactical worksheet
  • manage deployment in a way that maintains a tactical reserve
  • control communications so the incident commander can control the position and function of all hazard zone units and facilitate the sharing of critical information
  • keep the strategy and IAP current through evaluating the CFGF, addressing the critical unknowns, and reacting properly to red flags
  • transmit the proper information, if needed, to the 2nd incident commander to facilitate an effective and safe transfer of command and documents the position and function of all resources in the hazard zone
  • expand the organization to meet the needs of the incident by assigning Co.'s/ BC's sector responsibilities and implement the appropriate sections in the CP
  • assign on-deck positions, when applicable to the critical sectors after covering the major tactical needs of the incident site

General Course Topics:

  • HAZMAT - carbon monoxide module
  • HAZMAT - command module
  • HAZMAT - compressed inert gas
  • HAZMAT - natural gas
  • HAZMAT - weapons of mass destruction
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
Supplemental Materials