Emergency Response Courses

Employees who participate, or are expected to participate, in emergency response, shall be given training in accordance with the following 5 levels. Our courses cater to the needs of the employer and the training reflects the actions of the responders. Again, we are offering the classroom portions through remote training as discussed on our main page.  These courses we offer are:

First Responder 

Awareness Level

29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(i)

This course is designed for the first responders at the awareness level. These are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the authorities of the release. 

First Responder 

Operations Level 

29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(ii)

This course is for first responders at the operations level. These are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures. 


Hazardous Materials 


29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(iii)

This very popular course is for a Hazardous materials technician. These are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance. This is a 3 day course that focuses on:

  • Emergency Response Plan (ERP);
  • Identification of hazmat;
  • Functions within the ICS;
  • Donning & doffing;
  • Hazard & risk assessments;
  • Control of scene;
  • Containment of release; 
  • Confinement operations;
  • Decontamination procedures;
  • Termination procedures; and, 
  • Chemical and toxicological terminology.

In addition these topics, the attendees will conduct "Spill Drills" in real world scenarios using equipment, PPE, engineering controls, safe work practices, spill containment equipment and procedures, buddy system(s), decontamination techniques, etc. Once this portion has concluded a critique of the "Spill Drill" is conducted to bring out any attributes and deficiencies that were noticed in the field exercise(s) to better prepare for actual releases or spills. Due to Covid-19, this portion is suspended until further notice due to social distancing recommendations or restrictions. 

Again, this is a very popular course and is designed to suit you and your companies site-specific hazards at your facility or at a work site. This is typically an on-site course with your emergency response needs being implemented throughout the course. Again, we are currently offering the classroom portions through remote training as discussed on our main page. 

Hazardous Materials Specialist

29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(iv)

This course is for the Hazardous materials specialist. These are individuals who respond with and provide support to hazardous materials technicians (listed above). Their duties parallel those of the hazardous materials technician, however, those duties require a more directed or specific knowledge of the various substances they may be called upon to contain. The hazardous materials specialist would also act as the site liaison with Federal, state, local and other government authorities in regards to site activities. This course focuses on:

  • Local Emergency Response Plan;
  • State Emergency Response Plan;
  • Identification of hazmat;
  • Donning & doffing;
  • Hazard & risk assessment;
  • Control of scene;
  • Containment of release; 
  • Confinement operations;
  • Decontamination procedures;
  • Site-specific safety and control plan;
  • Chemical and toxicological terminology

On Scene 

Incident Commander

29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(v)

This course prepares Incident Commanders in their specific role to oversee a spill or release. Incident Commanders will assume control of the incident scene beyond the first responder awareness level and in addition have competency, knowledge, and implementation in the following areas:

  • Incident Command System;
  • Local Emergency Response Plan;
  • State Emergency Response Plan;
  • Hazards and risks with PPE;
  • Decontamination techniques; and, 
  • Federal Regional Response Team.