17. HAZMAT Operations Course

The Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama, a Federal Emergency Management Agency training facility, has a new course offering that may interest some ARES members.  If you are associated with a fire department, law enforcement agency or emergency management agency, you may want to check out the new Hazardous Materials Operations course, PER-322.

HAZMAT Ops is a five day course, plus two travel days, intended for responders who may be assigned to HAZMAT Operations duties in their community.  Course completion certifies that the graduate is trained to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 472 at the Operations Level.

There are a few required prerequisites, such as the frequently mentioned IS-100 and IS-200 courses, as well as AWR-160, another free online training.  All travel, lodging, dining and training costs are covered by FEMA, although you should take some money with you for souvenirs and such.  The first three offerings, including travel days, are August 21through 27, August 28 through September 3, and September 18 through 24.

To learn more about this and other CDP offerings, go to their secure website: https://cdp.dhs.gov/training/courses/ .