HAZMAT First Responder (Operations Level)


This program is designed to provide industrial workers, Government employees and supervisors with the knowledge required responding to a dangerous goods incident in a safe and effective manner.  This program emphasizes first responder safety when working at Hazardous Materials Incidents with conventional fire suppression equipment.  This program will enable clients to meet the requirements of NFPA Standard 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, for first responders.


This program covers a range of information concerning dangerous goods relevant to personnel safety, including recognition of hazardous materials, use of the Initial Emergency Response Guide, actions at an emergency scene and use of emergency response plans.  Trainees will acquire knowledge through a combination of lecture presentations, group discussions, film presentations, case studies and response exercises.

Areas of study will include the following:

  • Classes of Dangerous Goods
  • Transport Canada Symbols
  • NFPA 704 Symbols
  • Other Safety Marks
  • WHMIS Symbols
  • Shipping Documents
  • UN Classification System
  • Recognition and Identification
  • Container Colors & Shapes
  • Use of CANUTECH
  • Reference Books & Sources
  • Exposure & Response
  • Respiratory Hazards
  • Occupancy & Location of Materials
  • Protective Clothing Use & Limitations
  • Available Local Resources
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Principles of Gas Detection
  • Pre-Incident Planning
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Record Keeping
  • Incident Termination
  • Control of Spectators
  • Decontamination Procedures
  • Media Expectations & Handling
  • Area Evacuations
  • Basic Chemistry & Toxicology
  • Incident Command
  • Scene Management


Three (3) days.

Course Details


  • Trainees are expected to be in a good state of health and physically capable of fully taking part in all program activities.  Trainees are expected to participate in all physical training requirements.
  • A valid Government Identification is required and must be presented for registration and to the instructor on the first day of course commencement.  (Driver’s License, Passport, Vantage Card)


All persons who successfully complete the course based on the performance standards will receive:

  • A Survival Systems Training certificate for HAZMAT First Responder (Operations Level)
  • A laminated wallet course qualification card

Refresher training is recommended every one to two years. Expiry is subject to local jurisdiction/regulations.

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