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1 Welcome and Course Overview

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

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

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

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

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

7 Decon Leader Training Should be Hazmat Technician

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

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

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 Guidelines – Not Standards Course intent – Decontamination guidelines – Not specific 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 Block TitleHours Welcome, Course Introduction and Overview0.5 Basics of Responder Decontamination2.0 PPE and Medical Considerations1.0 Review and Exercise Briefing0.5 Responder Decontamination Exercise3.0 Exercise Debrief and Course Close1.0 Total:8.0

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

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 Typical Hazmat Incident Group Supervisor1 Entry Leader1 Entry Team2 Backup Team2 Decon3 Tech Ref1 ASO1 Site Access1 Total12

19 So Then What? 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”

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

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

22 Legal Guidance HAZWOPER regulation – 29 CFR (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 (q)(6)(ii)(D)

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

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 Complex incidents may require hazmat technicians to conduct decontamination

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


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