This Specialist-level course is a ten-day program of intense instruction that provides a sound understanding of the basic chemistry of hazardous materials. Directed at the underlying reasons for the chemical behavior of hazardous materials, the course is designed to improve decision-making, safety in operations, and handling of hazardous materials. The class is heavily chemistry-oriented and presented in lecture format with evening review sessions.
Prerequisites: Enrollment to this course is limited to 24 individuals. All applicants must have successfully completed the Hazardous Materials Technician course a minimum of 1 year prior to the start of class and have completed the requisite skills for Technician certification. COV regional team members must document the completion of the requisite Technician skills by completing the VDEM Technician Certification Application prior to applying or with the request to attend Chemistry. First preference will be given to current members of COV Regional Hazardous Materials Response Teams. Each team will be allotted two student openings. It is requested that each team submit applications for a maximum of two students and one alternate.
Cost: For members of COV Regional Hazardous Materials Response Teams, lodging will be direct billed to VDEM. Meals will be on a reimbursement basis.
Download and complete the VDEM HAZMAT Training Application from the VDEM website: (http://www.vaemergency.gov) by May 1, 2017 to your regional VDEM Hazardous Materials Officer or the Course manager. Please see information below.
Notification of Acceptance: October 27, 2017