HZ1 HTAC – Hazmat Tactical Analysis Card
Monday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Clint Greenwood, Chief Operations Officer
HazTrek Emergency Response Training and Consulting LLC
This 8 hour course is designed to prepare Hazardous Materials Operation Level First Responders to analyze a hazardous materials incident and determine the presence of hazardous materials, plan the initial response and develop a site safety plan and incident action plan (IAP) for the incident, and implement the planned response according to the IAP.
The student will understand their responsibilities during all segments of an operation, identify hazardous materials and their containers, identify primary and secondary hazards associated with each type of hazardous material, plan an initial response within the capabilities of the first responders, mitigate risks encountered during operation level response activities, and work effectively within the incident command system (ICS).
General information about the course is provided below.
- The course is intended to build upon the content from the Hazardous Materials Operation Level – Core Competencies and Mission Specific Competencies: Personal Protective Equipment and Product Control courses.
- The course introduces the participant to the role and responsibilities of the hazardous material operation level first responder responsible for responding to hazardous materials emergencies.
- The course is suited for both career and volunteer personnel.
- The activities are designed to reinforce the course content.
- This should be considered a foundation course for any personnel that respond to hazardous materials emergencies as a first responder.
- Because of the amount of discussion designed into the course, any instructor must be an effective facilitator.
- Serve as a foundation for further training for the Hazmat Technician Level.
This course addresses the following job performance requirements of NFPA 472, Standard for Mission-Specific Competencies: Product Control, 2013 edition:
· 220.127.116.11 (1)(2)(3)(4)
HZ2 TIER-1 (Toxicology in Emergency Response) Medical Response to select WMD’s
Tuesday - 8:00 - 12:00
David Ladd, Captain, Henderson Fire Department, NV
Developed to increase the response capability of first responders, our TIER-1 Toxicology series focuses on select and (the most probable and prevalent) WMD’s we could encounter during a terrorist event. At the conclusion of this 3 hour course you will learn and develop the skills and knowledge of how to quickly identify, decontaminate, and treat those who have been exposed to the WMD’s listed below.
VX, Sarin (GB), Soman (GD), and other select organophosphates.
Blister Agents (Vesicants)
Sulfur Mustard (HD), Phosgene Oxime (CX), Nitrogen Mustards (HN).
Toxic Industrial Chemicals
Chlorine, Ammonia, Hydrogen Fluoride, Inorganic acids & other select TIC’s.
Ricin, B Anthrax, Botulinum, SEB Staph A, and Y Pestis plaque.
All students will receive a copy of our WMD Response cards.
HZ3 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Tuesday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
David Ladd, Captain, Henderson Fire Department, NV
This basic 4-hour chemistry course focuses on response, and is designed to give students the ability to define and understand structure, hazards, and properties of salts, non-salts, hydrocarbons along with their radicals and derivatives. We also focus on the different chemical bonds (ionic, covalent, complex covalent) and the unique hazards they bring to the incident.
The traditionally tough subject of chemistry will be presented in an easy to understand manner to foster an understanding of hazardous materials and WMD’s including biological weapons.
Using the information gained through application of tools, equipment, and education, the responder will be able to determine appropriate and safe methods of decontamination, patient treatment, and responder safety during response and mitigation of any chemical known or unknown including all WMD inspired events.
HZ4-Atmospheric Monitoring for Knuckleheads
Wednesday - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Kent Freeman, Captain (Ret.), Roseville Fire Department, Roseville, CA
This program is designed to break through the confusion regarding the most modern technology available for determining atmospheric composition, attempting to bring clarity to complex concepts. The program will provide valuable down to earth information on performing "electronic size-up" of confined space rescue events, natural gas or propane leaks, carbon monoxide alarms, sick building or other hazardous materials calls. Specific case histories will be utilized to clearly identify the need for a thorough knowledge of atmospheric conditions and an ability to efficiently evaluate them.
Course Materials- Student Hand-outs will be provided by Instructor.
HZ5 First 30 Minutes Ammonia Emergency Response
Gary Smith, President, Ammonia Safety & Training Institute, Monterey, CA
Wednesday - 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Goal and Instructional Task List:
- Understand the hazards, risks, and threats of ammonia in order to engage safe and effective command and control activities:
- Evaluate conditions upon arrival to determine approach and setup of command position;
- Understand the need for an initial CAN report (for industrial refrigeration, transportation, and fixed storage tanks) to include:
- Condition Report: type of release, location and status (growing, peaked, contained and controlled, stabilized); determine plume movement and the source of the release;
- Actions that may be accomplished by the Plant response team e.g. evacuation, notifications, emergency shutdown,control and containment;
- Needs: the type of support that may be requested by a Plant IC (e.g. rescue, ventilation, decon, medical, reconnaissance, back-up for emergency shutdown) teaming agreement.
- Recognition of ammonia exposure concerns that threaten the health and life safety of responders, employees, visitors, and community;
- Determine the need for rapid entry rescue - understand the Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGL) and Emergency Response Planning Guidelines (ERPG);
- Understand the limits of PPE for ammonia exposure associated with firefighter turnouts and the Plant response team’s PPE;
- Recognize conditions that may be leading to catastrophic impact, e.g. flammability, aerosol streams and clouds of ammonia, overpressure, reactivity, and the downwind plume movement;
- Recognize the impact of using water on an ammonia liquid and aerosols to include the risks associated with plume movement and downstream flow of water run-off;
- Refrigeration for firefighters - understanding the importance for emergency shutdown based upon the status of the release (building energy, peaked and recovering, stabilized and controlled); emphasis on isolation and pressure management options;
- Recognizing the different Hazard Zones that exist in an industrial refrigeration facility;
- Command team concerns for transportation, agriculture, and fixed storage tanks - CAN report leading to an initial action plan;
- Transition of command to the Hazmat Tech-Team (CAN report and transition of command);
- Hazmat Team engagement based upon an IAP and Safety Plan for containment and control while working in high levels of ammonia;
- First Responder and unified command support for Hazmat Tech teams to help improve on-scene and downwind/downstream performance on health and life safety concerns associated with the release.
HZ6 Emergency Response to Alternative Fueled Vehicles
Thursday - 8:00 am to 11:00 a.m.
David Ladd, Captain, Henderson Fire Department, NV
When a simple vehicle accident becomes much more. This course was designed out of a need to inform all responder’s about the hazards, potential risks, special techniques employed, and dangers of alternatively fueled vehicles (AFV’s). AFV’s also known as hybrids, electric vehicles, or green cars have seen a rapid increase in their popularity. With more of these vehicles on the road, come more accidents.
We have to rethink how we respond to emergencies involving these types of vehicles.
Special emphasis will be placed on early identification and hazard determination when dealing with AVF’s that operate on the following fuels: Compressed natural gas (CNG), Liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane (LPG), Wet and dry cell batteries, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Diesel and ethanol blended fuels, along with Hydrogen and Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
This workshop will also review how first responders should approach and asses an incident, chose the appropriate personnel protective equipment, employ specialized firefighting measures, and considerations for vehicle/heavy extrication.
At the conclusion of this workshop the attendee will be able to:
- Rapidly identify an alternatively fueled vehicle.
- Determine appropriate PPE and Isolation distances for any fuel emergency.
- Size up and assess the risks when energy isolation, extrication, and stabilization is required.
HZ7 Nevada's Chemical Accident Prevention Program--26 Years of Chemical Process Safety Oversight
Kelly Thomas, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City, NV
Thursday - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
In July, 1991, the Nevada Legislature passed Senate Bill 641, the Chemical Catastrophe Prevention Act, primarily in response to a large chlorine release in Henderson, NV in May, 1991 and a large ammonium perchlorate explosion in May, 1988, also in Henderson. The resulting statute, codified at NRS 459.380 through 459.3874, directed the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to develop and implement an accident prevention program, which was renamed the Chemical Accident Prevention Program, or CAPP.
CAPP applies in facilities that have select, highly hazardous substances in quantities above defined thresholds. These highly hazardous substances are distinguished from numerous other regulated substances in that they will cause acute health impacts, that is, serious health impacts from a relatively short- term, low concentration exposure. Some of the highly hazardous substances are covered under CAPP solely due to their flammability; CAPP also applies in facilities that manufacture explosives for sale.
Compliance with Nevada regulatory requirements is determined largely through the review of site specific written program using Element Audit Checklists. The checklists are intended to be comprehensive. CAPP inspectors do not review each program annually, but attempt to review each checklist at least once every five years, with two exceptions. Management of Change and Incident Investigation records are reviewed annually. The checklists are comprised of two parts: Procedure Review and On-Site Records Inspection. Under the Procedure Review, inspectors focus upon development of policies, procedures and programs associated with each of the program elements; including Management Plan and Document Control. Under the On-Site Records Inspection, inspectors focus upon implementation of the program element. Inspectors look for evidence that the policies, procedures and programs are in place in the plant and that records are being maintained.a
This presentation will provide a brief history of the program followed by a more detailed explanation of the some of the prevention programs and concluding with a summary of the status of the Chemical Accident Prevention Program today. The Element Audit Checklists that will be touched on are:
**Process Safety Information
**Process Hazard Analysis
**Standard Operating Procedures
**Management of Change
**Pre-Startup Safety Review
**Verification of Compliance Audit
**Emergency Action / Response Plan