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Hazardous Materials/WMD – Technician

February 19, 2024

Hartselle Fire & Rescue

This course is based on NFPA 470 (1072): Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications. Designed for the student already trained at the Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations level; this course develops the skills already learned and provides in-depth training in the mitigation of hazardous materials incidents. Through both classroom and practical training, the student becomes familiar with health and safety issues, incident management, hazard and risk analysis, personal protective clothing, and decontamination.

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: We have implemented a new book for this course. It is the Jones & Bartlett, Hazardous Materials, Managing the Incident, 5th edition. This book will be used for all courses starting on December 1, 2023. You can purchase this book through our AFC Bookstore.


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


Instate Cost: 420

Out of State Cost: 665

Required Text:

Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident, 5th Edition
Current Emergency Response Guide or
USDOT Digital Copy
CDC NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

Certification Course Syllabus

Practical Exam Materials

Special Equipment:

  • Student Supplemental Manual (hardcopy or electronic version)
  • SCBA is required but can be provided if needed
  • Recommended: Personal Protective Equipment (work gloves, work boots, sunglasses, etc.)
  • Turnout gear is NOT required