Course Overview

Who Should take this course?

This EMS-CE (4 hours) - Hazmat First Responder Awareness (FRA) Level I Responder for EMS (With Downloadable ERG) course is intended for EMS Responders involved in hazardous materials emergency response at the awareness level.

First responders at the awareness level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release, and have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities.

OSHA requires that EMS Responders have a basic level of hazmat training only when, as part of their job, they could respond to a hazardous materials incident or a potential hazardous material incident.

While many EMS Responders are cross-trained (e.g., EMT and firefighter), this training applies to these workers only when they are functioning as EMS Responders.

NOTE - The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), which is required for use during this course, is available to each student in downloadable pdf format.

It is not necessary for students to take both the First Responder Awareness (FRA) AND the First Responder Operations (FRO) training. Taking the FRO course is sufficient to meet the training requirement for both responder levels: FRO training builds on FRA training.

Continuing Education

BLS/ALS Continuing Education Credits

This EMS-CEU (4 Hours) course has been approved for 4 Contact Hours (4 CEUs) of BLS/ALS Instructor-based Continuing Education by CE (Provider 56-0013), CAPCE Provider #SUNI0321.


This EMS Continuing Education (EMS-CE) is being brought to you through a partnership with Safety Unlimited, Inc.

Accreditations

California State Approved EMS-CE Training Provider

This training meets the requirements for BLS/ALS Instructor-based Continuing Education. Basic Life Support / Advanced Life Support Continuing Education Provider Approval Number #56-0013.

IACET Authorized Training Provider

Safety Unlimited, Inc., Provider #5660170-2, is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Safety Unlimited, Inc. complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Safety Unlimited, Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education

CAPCE Provider #SUNI0321

Ventura County Healthcare Agency

Basic Life Support / Advanced Life Support Continuing Education Provider Approval Number #56-0013

American Heart Association

Authorized training site under training center #CA-20297

Objectives

 

The objectives of this EMS-CE (4 hours) - Hazmat First Responder Awareness (FRA) Level I Responder for EMS
(With Downloadable ERG)
course are to address the Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements for 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i) for general industry, and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(i) for construction. This course is also intended to meet any HAZWOPER training requirements for the EPA and State OSHA regulations.

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i) and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(i)

First responder awareness level. First responders at the awareness level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities of the release. First responders at the awareness level shall have sufficient training or have had sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Explain what hazardous substances are and the risks associated with them in an incident;
  • Describe potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present;
  • TRecognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency;
  • Identify hazardous substances using environmental and other clues, if possible;
  • Describe the role of the first responder awareness individual in the employer's emergency response plan, including site security and control, and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Emergency Response Guidebook;
  • Recognize the need for additional resources; and
  • Make appropriate notifications to the communication center.

Exams

This course has 1 module exams.

It is recommended that once a student completes a module, they take the corresponding exam while the information is still fresh.

Each exam consists of 10 questions randomly selected from a large pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass each exam.

If a student does not pass the exam the first time, they may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Additional Training

 

This course is designed to help workers meet the EMS-CE (4 hours) - Hazmat First Responder Awareness (FRA) Level I Responder for EMS (With Downloadable ERG) training requirement for 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i) and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(i).

This training should be combined with company-specific training on the employer's Emergency Response Plan (ERP), including policies and procedures for employees that respond to hazardous materials emergencies.

When required by OSHA standards, workers must receive additional training on the specific hazards of his or her job.

Training providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company's training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, students should receive site-specific training that is supplied by his or her own companies. This training should target the company's unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company-specific training should be well documented.

The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure that their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

Mobile Version

 

We're excited to announce that this course is now available in HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). This course requires only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser.

Tablet Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.

Pros

  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics

Cons

  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we really noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta Version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.

FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.


Q - Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.


Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.


Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.