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    Are there any NFPA or similar rules that would require a person to be a firefighter before they could become a HAZMAT-Tech?

    thanks
    Mike

  • #2
    No

    No, not here in New Jersey at least. A requirement is SCBA training, which can be acquired on it's own; however no Firefighter classes are prerequisites.

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    • #3
      No. As with any other job, you need to be trained and equipped to perform the job you are going to perform. Our state hazmat response team has a number of members who are not firefighters.

      Click here for OSHA reg. Scroll down to paragraph q (Emergency Response Program), with particular attention to q(6) (Training).
      TW
      Essex Junction Fire Dept.
      Vermont

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      • #4
        Excuse me while I go swear at my cheif. He said I couldn't become a HAZMAT Tech becuase there was an NFPA requirment to be a fire fighter.

        -Mike

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        • #5
          Haz Mat Tech requirements

          I would suggest that you check 29 CFR 1910.120(q) to see what OSHA says is required for Haz Mat tech. NFPA is a recommending organization and depending on your state's labor laws, what NFPA says may not be the law in your state. You can order on-line, for free, a book with all the OSHA statndards for the people on a Haz Mat team. I think you can get it from FEMA/USFA. It has been a while since I got mine.
          In New York, to get a New York State certification for Haz Mat Tech, you have to have Haz Mat Operations and Tech along with Accident Victim Extrication Training. The application for certification in Ops and Tech have to be co-signed by your fire chief. Since, in NY, you have to be a member of an organization that has an ID number from the NY Office of Fire Prevention and Control in order to take any state courses, it is usually firefighters that are on the Haz Mat Teams.
          That is not to say that you can't have non-trained personnel available as technical consultants to provide you with information. I know of one county that has a chemistry teacher on call to provide technical information should no one from the spiller or facility be there.
          "Your spill is our thrill."

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          • #6
            We have a Nurse who is a Tech on our Team.(Doesn't hurt that she is the Chief's wife )
            AKA: Mr. Whoo-Whoo

            IAFF Local 3900

            IACOJ-The Crusty Glow Worm

            ENGINE 302 - The Fire Rats

            F.A.N.T.A.M FOOLS FTM-PTB

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            • #7
              The fire service didn't invent Haz Mat. Industry has haz mat techs and guess what they have the same training as a fire dept tech.
              As a matter of fact the more recognized haz mat tech certification is your DOT tech which you should get after completing class.
              What he may have ment was your state OFM may not issue a haz mat cert without your FF 1 or 2. But that has nothing to do with the DOT certification.

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              • #8
                Industry haz mat techs

                Quite true about industry being one of the leaders in haz mat training. I know of several industrial organizations that have either personnel which can respond to or at least be called to consult at a haz mat incident involving their type of product. The chlorine industry is the one that comes to mind first. The local chemical plant in my village uses several sulfer based products and is more than willing to respond their safety and haz mat team to assist my county's team should any of the products be spilled in transit. I find it very helpful to have people who are more knowledgeable about specific products to call upon. Since we in the fire service can never be absolutely certain what we will encounter, we must know a little about a lot of things and then try to learn more about the things we have a higher probability to see. It is nice to have specialists in industry that we can call upon to give us additional training and for them to share their expertise when "the bad stuff hits the road".
                "Your spill is our thrill."

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