2024 Oklahoma Hazardous Materials Conference Registration

Providing Hazardous Materials training and education to those who are involved in the response to emergencies involving hazardous substances.  This model for hazardous materials training is designed to protect responders, workers and the communities they serve from the impact of hazardous materials release.

 

There is no cost to attend this conference.  All training is FREE!!!

 

***Registration Check in will be located at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center***

Locations

Conference Center

Edmond Fire

Career Tech

Our Courses

Back to Basics – Grounding and Bonding

The program will follow the recommendations as set by the NFPA 470 standard and discuss the misunderstand of what ground resistance is why we do it first.  Then, by demonstration, the instructor will show how we set up a grounding field for the damaged container, grounding field for the recovery container and appliances and how…

Back to the Basics Air Monitoring

In this class we will discuss: Basic monitoring methods including colorimetric (pH and Colorimetric Tubes), direct reading instruments (Combustible Gas Indicator, Chemical Specific, Photo Ionization Detector) Advantages, use and limitations on basic monitoring method technology, approach technique, response time (Passive vs Active), observed results (chemical specific and interferences) Triaging the source material Interpreting the results…

Bubble Party – Fluorine Free Firefighting Foams

With regulatory pressures mounting most AFFF manufacturers have curtailed production and shifted towards fluorine free firefighting foam alternatives. While this new generation of foam is largely untested in major incidents there has been significant large-scale testing performed by the oil and gas sector. In this session we will discuss the key differences between AFFF and…

Can I Become the Incredible Hulk

In this presentation, we will discuss basic knowledge of radiation. – Bad Days – looking back when radiation took a wrong turn – What is radiation and where does it come from, manmade vs natural – When was it first discovered and by whom – Basic terminology – Uses, good and bad – Protection from…

Curbside Chemist

Curbside Chemist is an 8-hour class that focuses on the classification of an unknown product using chemical test strips and other items that can be found around the fire station. Participants will be instructed in the use of chemical test strips to identify an unknow sample. Participants will have the opportunity to use these techniques in the classification…

Deficiencies in Hazmat

Deficiencies in hazmat education requires ongoing efforts to improve curriculum standards, enhance practical training opportunities, allocate sufficient resources, stay updated on emerging hazards, and provide holistic support for hazmat responders. Collaboration among government agencies, educational institutions, industry stakeholders, and professional associations is essential to drive these improvements and ensure the effectiveness of hazmat education programs.

Hazardous Identification Testing Systems (HITS)

The basics of research is one of the most important but confusing subjects on a hazardous materials incident.  Using the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HITS) the technician will be able to identify chemical properties of a substance or compound by simple field testing.  Conducting basic testing such field papers, flammability, and solubility the technician then…

HAZWOPER Refresher

This refresher course is designed for employees who are involved in cleanup operation both volunteer and emergency; along with storage, disposal and treatment of hazardous substances uncontrolled waste sites.

Hierarchy of Detection Bringing It All Together for CBRNE Event

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Hybrid Decon Awareness

Used by hundreds of Military, Fire, HazMat, EMS, Police and other response agencies across the world! This Decon method is built upon decades of research by the military and federal agencies. Hybrid Decon will allow you and your team to conduct decon using the newest technologies and allows you to save time, personnel, logistics, sustainment…

Post-Accident Investigation and Return-to-Work Management

This course is specifically tailored for safety professionals and managers, focusing on the critical aspects of post-accident investigation and the management of the return-to-work process. Participants will learn techniques in incident analysis, best practices to identify root causes, develop corrective actions communication strategies, and effective methodologies for facilitating the return of injured employees to the workplace and prevent future accidents.

 

 

Propane Response 101 to Advanced Tactics an Overview

The shortened conference presentation is designed to provide the student with general information needed to respond to a propane leak involving a bulk transportation vehicle (rail, MC331 tanker or bobtail), bulk storage (250 gallon and larger), common residential and portable tanks.

Railroad 101 – Understanding Railroad Operations and Safety

This workshop will give the responders from Awareness to Technician the ability to work with the railroad within the railroad right-of-way safely and to be given an understanding of railroad operations.  Additional content includes all types of Railcar Construction and features.

We Got This! Is Your Department Really Ready?

Whether you are a training officer, Battalion Chief or the Fire Chief, this class is for you! This presentation asks and answers the question, “is our department REALLY prepared to recognize and respond to a hazmat incident, especially those that arrive on scene first”? Too many times we think our department is prepared only to learn the hard and costly way that they are NOT!

  • Discuss the difference between operational response and that of a hazmat team.
  • What training is required?
  • How to prepare the first arriving units of a potential hazmat scene to include CO emergencies, Natural gas leaks, fuel spills etc.
  • What actions can we take.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong

Session Description: This session looks at several scenarios with discussion about each potential outcome. It looks at events that have already occurred, although we will not review, these events discussed are real scenarios.

Session Abstract: In many cases the discussion is focused around the idea of a singular issue.  We tend to approach the problem with a monoptic view. In general HazMat response is regarded as a complicated topic. When in reality it is just like any of the rescue disciplines a refined art, however as with any art review of the issues within context is how we learn.

We will identify a process towards, analyzing and thus controlling the risks and hazards that are present or may become a part of your incident. Discussing tactical problems, safety concerns and community impact. It is a balanced approach weighing the risk benefit towards a strategy and/or scene mitigation tactic.

Chemical and Physical Properties

Abstract:
We take a very different look at the basis for all of our operations. Chemical and
physical properties. Seemingly basic and fundamental, we go beyond where the
instructors stop and explain how and why they matter. We will take a look at them from
multiple different perspectives and see how they all correlate with tactical advantages.
Objective:
Have a deeper understanding of the Chemical and Physical properties and:
 Our ability to modify scenes to suit our needs
 Explore a completely different way to imagine a scene
 Understanding on how to take control of the incident

Downrange Objectives: Tactical Incident Command Strategies for Hazmat Events

It is vital on every hazardous materials emergency scene, we have a system in place to ensure that all downrange – fireground tasks are completed, to safely and effectively mitigate any hazardous material and its effects.
Incident Command is the standardized structure that allows for a cooperative response within various groups or agencies to coordinate response activities, without compromising any decision making or safety. Focusing on a risk-based response through the chain of command, and utilizing tactical checklists as an Incident Action Plan in a way to identify roles, and tasks to ensure scene objectives are met. This roundtable group session will identify how to better assess the situation through scene size-up, with objectives including product identification, the use of chemical detection monitors, choice of personal protective equipment along with on-scene decontamination strategies and procedures.
We will discuss the importance of having a Hazmat Safety Officer; and tactical priorities to make key decisions on-scene, such as rescue, recovery or spill response mitigation issues to consider. We will also review radio communication benchmarks for product related actions for fires or spills, life protection strategies for public safety and assistance requests for local mutual aid agencies.

Emerging Technology for Hazmat Teams

During this presentation, we will discuss current and emerging technologies within the world of hazmat. From the lessons Chris has learned working with his 60-member team in Washington State, he will discuss the basic history of his team in relation to training and equipment. We will then move on to some new technologies that have been recently available and emerging training formats that have grown in the past few years. We will then go over an analysis that your team may need and, more importantly, what they may NOT need. This will be based on an appropriate hazard risk and vulnerability assessment.

Hazmat with Intent: Terrorism & WMD Response Tactics

My session will include specific highlighted learning objectives, identify key speaking topics in the areas of Terrorism Response Procedures, CBRNE & Weapons of Mass Destruction Chemical Detection & Mitigation Equipment, which will also include an interactive group participation module. All participants will be provided handouts of my powerpoint, including various tactical worksheets to use during our group mock table-top exercise.

 

Curriculum Overview of Training Session:

  • Review of Domestic & International Terrorism Events in North America
  • Review and Discussion of Incident Command Systems for CBRNE & WMD Events
  • Understanding the Use of a Tactical Hazmat Worksheet to Manage the Incident
  • Mitigation Response Strategies for Bomb Threats, Chemical & Nuclear Attacks
  • Joint Response Team Initiatives for Fire, Police and Paramedics
  • Review of Tactics (Accountability and Entry Control, RECCE, Decon Techniques, Extraction, FTT, IC & Emergency Management Operations)
  • Group Case Study Discussions: Do we perform a snatch and grab rescue; or do we isolate the area to mitigate the hazardous material?
  • Hazmat and CBRNE Communication Benchmarks, Assigned Tasks (Command, RECCE in Hot Zone, PAR status, Decon Setup, Emergency Decon Established, FTT)

Practical Table Top Scenarios, Group Discussion & Group Questions

Initial Monitoring for First Arriving Hazmat Responders

This course examines the strengths and weaknesses of standard 4 gas instruments that are carried by many hazmat teams and first arriving fire apparatus. In today’s world critical decision making is predicated on not only using instrumentation but using it correctly. This class goes into essential decision making when using a 4 gas instrument for qualitative and quantitative monitoring at hazardous materials incidents. Participants will understand the following concepts.

T-90 time and its relevance to accuracy

Correction factors and when to apply.

Common mistakes using air monitoring equipment.

Lithium Ion Fire Investigation

With this presentation, we will go over the code challenges to fire inspectors and firefighters in relation to Lithium-Ion battery storage in various occupancies. Chris will go over the updates to the International Fire Code, and what it means to fire investigators. We will also discuss what firefighters and hazmat technicians need to know to spread the message to the public and other agencies to ensure a full collaborative effort is made for DDR (Damaged, Defected, Recycled) batteries from inception to use to disposal/damage, and disposal.

Moving From HAZMAT TECH to HAZMAT Specialist in WMD Incidents

Purpose: This instruction block is formatted to assist the first-in fire service officer, law enforcement agency, or emergency manager in understanding how to leverage domestic military support assets during WMD, illicit clandestine laboratory, or significant industrial hazmat disasters. The course aims to break the stigma of requesting domestic military support and enhance the local incident commander’s ability to make the right calls, at the right time.

Scope: The course will cover pertinent information to include considerations during scene size-up to help determine the need or utility of requesting military assets, what assets are available to an IC once the request is made, what to expect upon arrival of the asset/s, and the proper channels for requesting these assets. This class will include a review of multiple cases when military hazardous materials technicians were used to quickly identify hazards, advise and assist the incident commander in bridging the gap between local, state, and federal assets, and assess risk to the community

Product Sampling

The hazardous materials product sampling class will be a scenario based training session designed to guide the student through the process of testing samples utilizing multiple technologies and methods.

Responding to an H2S Oil & Gas Emergency

This presentation will focus on what first responders need to know when responding to an oil and gas location involving H2S.

  • We will discuss the various oil & gas locations and the differences
  • How to identify and know what hazards may be present on certain locations
  • Discuss the possibility of dealing with a well control incident in addition to an H2S release
  • Case Studies – review and discuss incidents involving H2S from the Permian Basin as well as a well blowout incident in eastern Oklahoma

Responding to Railroad Incidents-Hazmat Isn’t Always the Problem

The railroads move many different products each and every day which include hazardous materials. But every incident that occurs that requires a response does not. This program explores and shows through case study’s that the incidents that involve non-Haz Mats can be just as challenging. The program will discuss the environmental impacts and the decisions that must be to mitigate the incident safely. Sometimes thinking outside the box to mitigate an incident Is a good thing!

Clean and Mean: Hazmat Decon Unleashed

The course provides an overview of hazardous materials decontamination procedures and protocols. Students will learn the principles of decontamination, including identifying and containing hazardous materials, implementing decontamination procedures and ensuring the safety of individual and the environment. Topics covered include decontamination equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), decontamination methods and decontamination site management.

Curbside Chemist

Curbside Chemist is an 8-hour class that focuses on the classification of an unknown product using chemical test strips and other items that can be found around the fire station. Participants will be instructed in the use of chemical test strips to identify an unknow sample. Participants will have the opportunity to use these techniques in the classification of several unknow products. The course will also demonstrate advanced sampling techniques using FTIR and RAMAN technologies in conjunction with test strips.

Deficiencies in Hazmat

Deficiencies in hazmat education requires ongoing efforts to improve curriculum standards, enhance practical training opportunities, allocate sufficient resources, stay updated on emerging hazards, and provide holistic support for hazmat responders. Collaboration among government agencies, educational institutions, industry stakeholders, and professional associations is essential to drive these improvements and ensure the effectiveness of hazmat education programs.

Heirarchy of Dectection-Bringing It All Together for a CBRNE Event

In this class we will discuss:

  • Review basic monitoring methods
  • Review the use of technical source material
  • Introduce Detection (and monitoring) Plan
  • Introduce the use and application of Exposure Levels and Limits
  • Introduce use of Qualitative for Go-No Go versus Quantitative for Confirmation
  • Interpreting the results
  • Application of Detection (and Monitoring) Plan
  • Additional Consideration

 

The goal of the course is to give the participant and opportunity to understand the key components of a detection and monitoring plan; develop a foundation of quantitative versus qualitative methods and limitation, interpret results and application of the detection (and monitoring) plan for emergency response.

HTAC – Hazmat Tactical Analysis Cards, Using the Science, Not the Fear in Hazmat Response

This course is designed to prepare local emergency responders to systematically organize and operate during hazardous materials situations.  This one-day course uses a systematic algorithm to disseminate chemical properties using the NIOSH Pocket Guide, Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s) and many other chemical resources that may be used during a hazardous materials incident. With these skills it will make the emergency responder aware of the significant decision-making points responders will need for critical thinking for site safety for emergency responders and the public. The student will learn to develop incident action plans, tactical objectives, and determine safe operations by interpreting chemical properties found in the NIOSH Pocket Guide or any other chemical property reference material. This course will aid in improving plans for emergency response operations throughout incident response.  In addition, this course will assist in devising a system for operational planning to support decision-making skills in the early hours of a hazardous materials incident.

Navigating a Statewide Foam Task Force

We will examine the framework within which New York State assembled its taskforce, highlighting key stakeholders, legislative mandates, and operational protocols. We will discuss the hurdles encountered along the way, including budget constraints, and stakeholder resistance, and explore the strategies employed to overcome these obstacles.

Additionally, with the growing call to transition to fluorine-free foam solutions, this course will delve into New York State’s approach to embracing innovative alternatives. We will discuss the evaluation criteria for alternative foams, the process of implementation, and the ongoing monitoring and adaptation required to ensure effective firefighting capabilities while minimizing environmental impact.

On-Scene Risk Management

We always try to plan our responses but often we forget about Mr. Murphy. Risk Management is more than just coming up with SOPs and SOGs. This guided discussion will look at various scenarios and real life incidents, where despite our best plans, we had to adapt for the safety of our responders while still meeting the needs of the IC. It will be a chance for participants from various backgrounds to discuss how they might attempt mitigation and to learn from each other.

Static Electricity “Common Problem” and “Uncommon Knowledge”

We always try to plan our responses but often we forget about Mr. Murphy. Risk Management is more than just coming up with SOPs and SOGs. This guided discussion will look at various scenarios and real life incidents, where despite our best plans, we had to adapt for the safety of our responders while still meeting the needs of the IC. It will be a chance for participants from various backgrounds to discuss how they might attempt mitigation and to learn from each other.