24-hour First Responder Operations (FRO)

Duration: 24 hrs

Emergency Response personnel at the operations level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures.

Target Audience: Firefighters, Police, EMS

Prerequisite: Hazmat First Responder Awareness

Annual refresher training is required to maintain certification

Course meets the following training requirements:

  • NFPA 472
  • 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(ii)
  • 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(ii)


  • Standards and laws
  • Risks and potential outcomes associated with hazardous materials
  • Hazard recognition / identification
  • Placarding, NFPA 704 marking system, SDS sheets, and ERG
  • Have an understanding of basic hazardous materials nomenclature
  • Basic hazard and risk assessment techniques
  • Defensive scene management, area isolation, and scene control techniques to prevent the spread, exposures to, and the further release of hazardous materials
  • Proper personal protective equipment
  • Basic decontamination procedures
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Understanding of the role of the first responder trained at the operations level 
  • Recognizing the need for additional resources and appropriate notifications