Available Curriculum

Browse the current catalogue of courses at HAZMAT Central 2023. Updated monthly.

Keynote: Emerging Trends
Christina Baxter

The unprecedented growth in the interest in chemical and biological weapons from terrorist groups and individuals with radical agendas continues. This presentation will focus on the evolving threat (Opportunistic, Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive) and how you, as responders, must evolve in your response capabilities to meet these threats. Recognizing and understanding the threat and the risk that it poses is critical to determining the appropriate response. This presentation is updated weekly, at a minimum, to incorporate the newest threats and topics facing us today.

Lithium-Ion Battery EmergenciesPC
Christina Baxter

This course prepares responders to conduct risk-based response to battery emergencies involving Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries found in transportation including passenger vehicles, ground transport, air and sea shipping, as well as residential, commercial, and industrial settings.

Fire Exposure - The SciencePC
Christina Baxter

Data collected from a variety of simulated fires and fire activities, including search and rescue, extinguishment, and overhaul have shown that toxic combustion byproducts can be deposited onto protective clothing, penetrate the clothing, and be absorbed onto the skin. In addition, a review of all known fire exposure studies has resulted in a better understanding of exposure profiles. Post-fire procedures that reduce the exposure of fire fighters to toxic products of combustion are extremely important to overall exposure reduction. Recommended procedures involve turnout gear removal, isolation and cleaning of PPE; and equipment cleaning and decontamination. After the fire, a variety of decontamination methods can be applied to reduce the overall risk. New decision support tools will be demonstrated to highlight levels of exposure and to identify appropriate decontamination and PPE laundering guidance. Finally, implementation plans for reducing exposure to instructors will be discussed.

Best Practice for the Management of Workplace Chemical Injuries2A
David Wootten

David will speak to why active rinsing principals out performs passive water washing when treating workplace chemical exposure injuries. He will speak to the benefits and limitations of passive water rinsing and why water lacks the key properties to effectively manage aggresive acidic/basic ions that have begun to diffuse into cutaneous and ocular tissue cells.

Ammonia: What are we trying to measure?2D
Mathieu Prévost

Ammonia is all around us and responses to releases are common. Yet, if you ask around, every Hazmat team responds differently. In this session, we will discuss the intent of ammonia monitoring (PPE selection, flammability, or toxicity) and which options are available depending on the mission at hand. The results of an ammonia air monitoring study will be presented and participants will be able to discuss how it would influence their response.

Hazmat & Terrorism Response Tactics for the Emergency Services 3B
Adam McFadden

Review of Terrorism in Canada
Incident Command Systems for CBRNE Events
Mitigation Strategies for Bomb Threats, Chemical Attacks and Nuclear
Review of Tactics (Accountability and Entry Control, RECCE, Decon, Extraction, FTT, IC)
Group Questions: Do we do a snatch and grab or do we isolate the area?
Hazmat and CBRNE Communication benchmarks, Assigned Tasks (Command, RECCE in hot zone, PAR Status, Decon setup, Emergency Decon Established, FTT established,)
Practical Table Top Scenario and Group Discussion
Group Questions

Let's talk about PIDs4D
Mathieu Prévost

So you're reading 102 ppm on your PID? Should you be worried? The session will cover how PIDs functions, their limitations and applications. We will also discuss the different types of PIDs, their advantages and how they may be deployed during operations.

LPG Firefighting - Part 14E
Louis-Philippe Ethier

LPG live fire props will be used that simulate situations encountered in the field when facing a leak and a fire on a propane tank. Proper cooling techniques, safety valves, shut-offs, pressure relief valves and leak control and extinguishment techniques are reviewed and practiced throughout the session. Class size is limited to 15 persons. You will be required to bring your Full Firefighting gear (exception- SCBAs will be supplied at site) [Part 1 of 2]

Air Monitoring - Using the Technology and What Is It Saying?4F
Glen Rudner

The use of detection and monitoring is one of the most important parts of any incident involving a Hazardous Material or fire today. A response organization that does not use detection and monitoring and interpret the results placing themselves and the public in harm's way. The officer in charge can use properly interpreted results to determine scope of incident and public protection options. This class will cover the basics of air monitoring including some of the technologies, terminologies, and operation used during the initial response.

Fourth Generation Agents - From Fentanyl to Novichoks5B
Christina Baxter

Chemical warfare agents have evolved from the days of toxic gases to vapor forming liquids and now to aerosolized solids and liquids. The fourth (4th) generation of warfare agents (FGAs) includes pharmaceutical based agents (PBAS) as well as the A-series agents, or Novichoks. Most FGAs are distributed as aerosols which changes the way that we must detect, protect, and decontaminate. This course will discuss the ongoing threat of these materials, the technologies available for detection, methods of decontamination and destruction, as well as appropriate protective equipment.

Table Top Chemistry5D
Rick Brown

This session gives you the opportunity to use your knowledge to identify 10 "unknown" live chemicals (nitric acid, xylene, ammonium hydroxide, etc.). You will utilize metering devices, papers, tubes, matches and wet chemistry to witness true responses to various threats. Class size is limited to 12 persons and will be held off-site.

LPG Firefighting - Part 25E
Louis-Philippe Ethier

LPG live fire props will be used that simulate situations encountered in the field when facing a leak and a fire on a propane tank. Proper cooling techniques, safety valves, shut-offs, pressure relief valves and leak control and extinguishment techniques are reviewed and practiced throughout the session. Class size is limited to 15 persons. You will be required to bring your Full Firefighting gear (exception- SCBAs will be supplied at site) [Part 2 of 2]

Chemical Suicides6D
Rick Brown

This class provides classroom learning and discussion on the many types of Chemical Suicides being seen today. Whether it is the online purchase of an Exit Kit or research by a person on the techniques of Detergent Suicide, come and learn the various types and appropriate emergency response and decon for various chemical suicides.

Back to the Basics - Grounding and Bonding7E
Glen Rudner

The program will follow the recommendations as set by the NFPA 470 standard and discuss the misunderstanding of what ground resistance is and why we do it first. Then, by demonstration, the instructor will show how we set up a grounding field for the damaged container, grounding field for the recovery container and appliances, and how to bond them together. This is an interactive program that will ask the student to discuss the subject. You can bring your ground density meter with you and make sure you know how it works.

Hydrogen Sulfide Suicide in a car - live agent7F
Rick Brown, Hugh Duncan

Furthering the discussion in the previous Chemical Suicides class, this will be a "live agent" event. Using a "clothed rescue randy", pre plumbed air monitoring lines and 2 Firefighters in SCBA and Bunker gear to effect a rescue, attendees will witness the "numbers", the reaction and the "unwarranted" need for wet decon. The class will conclude with making the site, the car and the chemical "safe" for disposal. This session will be held off site.

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