HazMat Team Operations Level Course

TEMA has developed the HMTO 80-hour course in which the individual student is trained to operate in an offensive mode when responding to a hazardous materials incident.  It is also designed to prepare team members to operate safely and as a unit in dealing with Hazardous Materials incidents. Emphasis is on teamwork and the use and limitations of existing team equipment. Content includes personal protection, safety procedures, basic physical and chemical properties, container characteristics, basic tactics and guidelines for team policies, procedures and operations. Module quizzes are utilized to evaluate class progress.  Field trips and hands-on competency drills are conducted to reinforce classroom activities.  There is a final test and the course concludes with an evaluated written and practical (hands-on) exam, with a full-scale team exercise.  An average score of 80 must be maintained to successfully complete the course.  At least one of these courses is offered in each TEMA region per year, contingent upon funding.

Reciprocity: Either one of the following Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy’s (TFACA) hazardous materials courses are considered equivalent to the TEMA Hazardous Materials for Operational Level Response course: Recruit/Firefighter I – F100  (400 hrs) course (NFPA 2008) and Hazardous Materials Operations Level Hands-on-FF171 (32 hrs) course (NFPA 2008).

Target audience: Local HM team members

Prerequisites: TEMA HazMat Awareness, TEMA Haz Mat Operations or the two courses conducted by Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy listed above, IS 700, IS 800, IS 100, IS 200 (FEMA On-line courses), 16 hr classroom ICS course (ICS 300 or equivalent), IS-3 (RAD) and TEMA Radiological Monitoring (8hr) or the MERRTT 16 hr. course.

Effective January 2014, the BC:CI course will no longer be accepted as a pre-requisite for HMTO.  Students will have to have completed the Hazardous Materials Operations Level course along with the other pre-requisites for taking this course.