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Hazardous Materials/WMD – Incident Commander

October 21, 2024

Alabama Fire College & Personnel Standards & Education Commission

This course is based on NFPA 1072: Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications. This course supplies the Incident Commander with the knowledge and skills to perform his/her role as the person responsible for all decisions relating to the management of the incident at releases or potential releases of hazardous materials. The candidate will learn about personal protective clothing, decontamination, branch functions with the Incident Management System, and the overall tactics to properly mitigate a hazardous materials incident.

Due to the NFPA standard change, the Hazardous Materials/WMD Technician course will now be certified under NFPA 470: Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Standard for First Responders. The effective date of this change will be January 1, 2024.

Please Note: Effective January 1, 2024, there will also be a new book implemented for this course. It is the Jones & Bartlett, Hazardous Materials, Managing the Incident, 5th edition. You can purchase this book through our AFC Bookstore.


18 years of age; (Pro Board or IFSAC) Certfied Hazardous Materials – Awareness and Operations, or Alabama Certified Fire Fighter I or Volunteer Fire Fighter


Instate Cost: 265

Out of State Cost: 510

Required Text:

Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident, 4th Edition REVISED
CDC NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

Certification Course Syllabus

Practical Exam Materials

Special Equipment:

Required: Laptop with Windows, Microsoft Office with PowerPoint, and PDF capability