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FSC 129 Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations
Credit Hours:  2
Effective Term: Fall 2018
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 2 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F

Description: Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations and Confined Space Operations basic skills in accordance with the National Fire Protection Agency Association, including: 1) basic methods of recognition and identification based on the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials; 2) basic safety procedures when utilizing specific types of protective clothing and equipment; and 3) basic tactical information relating to scene management. Students who wish to test for the International Certification must pass the Awareness Level Exam prior to taking the Operations Level Exam. Corequisite: FSC140.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: FSC140

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Synthesis Level) Describe how various common fire alarm situations involve hazardous materials and develop plans to manage each scenario. (CSLO 2 & 4)
2. (Comprehension Level) Explain why the ability to recognize potential hazards, identify hazards, and to deploy a management plan are important to first responders. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)
3. (Synthesis Level) Explain how the location of an incident may indicate the type and quantity of hazards present and create hazard management plans. (CSLO 2 & 4)
4. (Analysis Level) Identify, describe, and analyze the short-term and long-term toxic effects that may result from exposure to biological and industrial hazards. (CSLO 2 & 4)
5. (Synthesis Level) Explain why medical surveillance is important to first responders, discuss the requirements for medical surveillance under the applicable OSHA and EPA standards, and create a plan. (CSLO 2 & 4)
6. (Synthesis Level) Use the four basic clues for identifying hazardous materials to include the Department of Transportation (DOT) system placarding, labeling, and the hazards presented; and identify the (National Fire Prevention Association) NFPA 704 marking system; and create plans to minimize or mitigate these hazards during an incident. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)
7. (Evaluation Level) Identify highway cargo tanks, pressure and non-pressure tanks, and rail tank cars by shape to assess types of hazardous commodities carried in each, then create a plan of action to contain a spill, fire, or airborne threat. (CSLO 2 & 4)
8. (Application Level) Locate and use resources to further identify hazardous materials. (CSLO 2 & 4)
9. (Knowledge Level) Define vapor density, flash point, lower- and upper-explosive limits, specific gravity, solubility, and vapor pressure. (CSLO 2 & 4)
10. (Comprehension Level) Explain the limitations of structural firefighting gear and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and the types of respiratory equipment needed for each hazardous materials incident operation. (CSLO 2 & 4)
11. (Evaluation Level) Explain the importance of scene management at a hazardous materials incident, and create and critique plans with an emphasis on the common components of an incident management system. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)
12. (Knowledge Level) Define hot, warm, and cold zones and list the areas or functions that might be found within each zone. (CSLO 2 & 4)
13. (Comprehension level) Describe the first responder's initial responsibilities upon arriving at a hazardous materials incident. (CSLO 1, 2 & 4)
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) HazMat First Responder Standards, URL: http://www.iaff.org/

2. NFPA 471 Recommended Practices for Respnding to HazMat Incidents, URL: http://www.nfpa.org
3. NFPA 472 Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to HazMat Incidents, URL: see above.
4. NFPA 704, Standard System for Identification of HazMat for Emergency Response, URL: see above.

National Board on Fire Service Professionals Qualifications (PRO-Board) certification
International Fire Service Accreditation of Congress (IFSAC)

URLS: http://www.nfpa.org