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  1. Welcome and Course Overview

  2. Director/Course Coordinator welcome Faculty and staff introductions Student Introductions Introductions and Welcome

  3. Train First Responder Operations (FRO) level personnel to conduct responder decontamination As a part of an organized response to hazmat/WMD incidents Course Overview and Objectives

  4. Responder decontamination With the equipment and personnel on hand during a hazmat incident Where the training takes place In support of the hazmat team Training Focus

  5. If you conduct responder decon Know how to use all of your specialized decon equipment Know Your Equipment

  6. Train FROs to perform responder decontamination In any level of chemical protection Even as high a Level A PPE For any type of chemical spill Including weapons of mass destruction Under the direct supervision of a Decontamination Unit Leader Course Intent

  7. Should be Hazmat Technician Decon Leader Training

  8. Decon Unit Decon Leader Training • A FRO may be Decontamination Leader • If that person is so capable and • Hazmat Group Supervisor is a Hazmat Technician

  9. This course establishes Guidelines for decon, not Standards Important Note

  10. Course Objectives Describe the need for this training Describe the personnel, organization, equipment and procedures needed to conduct responder decon Demonstrate the ability to perform responder decon

  11. Course intent Decontamination guidelines Not specific standards Guidelines – Not Standards

  12. Guidelines – Not Standards • Each emergency situation is different and requires guidelines that are flexible and can be adapted to the situation at hand

  13. Course Breakdown

  14. Start and end time Hourly breaks and start on time Restroom location Refreshments/Lunch break Key Administrative Announcements

  15. Key Administrative Announcements Eating/drinking in classroom policy Cell phone and pager silence Course evaluation Certification requirements

  16. Need for FRO Decon Training Hazmat/WMD incidents can be very resource intensive WMD incidents are low frequency, high impact situations

  17. Need for FRO Decon Training • Hazmat Technician or Specialist level personnel are a valuable asset • Often come in limited numbers • Many tasks and assignments • Alternatives must be employed • FRO-Decon

  18. Group Supervisor 1 Entry Leader 1 Entry Team 2 Backup Team 2 Decon 3 Tech Ref 1 ASO 1 Site Access 1 Total 12 Typical Hazmat Incident

  19. Many resources required Many jurisdiction don’t have the staff FROs trained in decon can be invaluable Augment minimally staffed hazmat team Are a “force multiplier” So Then What?

  20. Another Reason Firefighters are already trained to FRO Additional 8 hours of specialized decon training allows them to assist in hazmat incidents

  21. Technician Training = 160 hours FRO Decon Training = 8 hours Which will your chief pick? What’s the Alternative?

  22. Legal Guidance HAZWOPER regulation 29 CFR 1910.120(q) & Title 8 CCR §5192(q) Mandates training for emergency response OSHA Policy FROs can be trained to do decon

  23. Legal Guidance • This course meets the following: • “Know how to perform basic control, containment and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with their unit.” 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(D)

  24. You will be able to perform responder decon Upon Completion of Training

  25. Important! • You are not a Hazmat Technician • You should not make routine entry in hazardous environments for aggressive offensive actions to mitigate the incident!

  26. More Important Ideas Complex incidents may require hazmat technicians to conduct decontamination

  27. More Important Notes • No substitute for good, sound judgment & experience

  28. Summary Hazmat incidents demand resources Hazmat technicians and specialists may be limited in numbers First Responders can assist by conducting decontamination

  29. Summary • Course is teaches decon guidelines not specific standards • Each emergency is different and requires flexible and adaptable guidelines • Responders should become familiar with equipment and procedures they will use