This course trains first responders at the operations level to respond in a defensive manner ot
releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as a part of an initial response. Focus is
on tactics that can be used to protect life, property and the environment from the effects of a
hazardous materials release. Meets OSHA requirements and NFPA recommendations.
Instructors: Bill Kerr, Gail Obeso
First Responder Operations (F.R.O.)
Prerequisite: The HASO course is intended for those who have been state certified to the
Hazardous Materials Technician or Specialist level.
This course concentrates on safe hazardous materials incident operations critical to response
and containment. Students will begin by assessing the incident as a “big picture” and learn to
maintain site safety and control. The ASO course is designed to meet the training needs of the
Assistant Safety Officer position in the incident command system.
• ASO effectiveness
• Analysis techniques
• Safety messages/meetings
• Briefings and Reports
• Hazardous materials operations
Instructors: Brian Otter, Ken Longman
HM Assistant Safety Officer (HASO)
The inhalation of mercury vapor can produce harmful effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, and may be fatal. This course addresses safety considerations to reduce the risks to first responders and remediation personnel.
Instructor: Robert Wise
Mercury Clean-up and Response Considerations
8 Hours - (HAZWOPER)
This course meets the requirements outlined in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 for 8 (eight) hours of annual refresher training for workers at hazardous waste sites. This course is designed for general site workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards.
Wildland fires have devastating effects and the issues remain long after the fires are out. Working with FEMA on recovery can also provide challenges. Come hear about the lessons learned and how to be prepared when disaster comes to your area.
Instructor: Brenda Macgregor
Debris Management on the Woolsey Fire
This course provides a review of critical issues for hazardous materials emergency response training, in addition to updates on new technologies and guidelines. The object of this refresher class is to update, gain knowledge and skills to maintain competency as a Hazardous Materials Technician/ Specialist first responder. Prerequisite:Technician Level (A-D)
Instructor: Brian Heinz
HM Tech/Spec Refresher
8 Hours - AWR (EHTER Awareness)
The course addresses the role of environmental health responders in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. It covers issues and challenges in the following areas:
• Disaster management
• Responder safety and health
• Safe water
• Food safety
• Building assessments
• Vectors and pests
• Solid waste and debris
Instructors: Marcy Barnett, Sauda Yerabati
Environmental Health Teams in Emergency Response
provides first responders with information on general explosive characteristics and hazards, homemade explosive precursor materials, homemade explosive manufacturing indicators, and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) components. This information better prepares first responders to recognize hazards associated with homemade explosives during response operations.
Instructors: San Bernardino County Sheriffs Bomb Squad
The clandestine drug arena is constantly changing and so are the risks to first and second responders. Learn about the emerging threats and how to recognize the risks.
Instructor: Gail Obeso
Clandestine Drug Trends
Hospital personnel and medical responders have potential for harm or exposure when responding to and treating injuries sustained in BHO operations. This course explains the hazards and how to recognize and reduce risk while responding and treating persons injured during these operations.