Program H (ERHM)
Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents (ERHM)
Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Works. This course is required for responders scheduled to attend the Hazardous Devices School, Huntsville, AL.
Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents (ERHM) is a five-day course that provides training based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) training. Participants receive hands-on training in identifying HAZMAT, using advanced surveying and monitoring equipment, selecting and using the appropriate level of personal protective equipment (PPE), and performing decontamination procedures.
As an added benefit, graduates of the ERHM class are afforded the opportunity to take the Alabama Pro-Board certification exam for HazMat Technician certification.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to accomplish the following:
- select appropriate response actions for a HAZMAT incident;
- use monitoring technology to detect hazardous materials;
- identify the dangers associated with a HAZMAT incident, including heat stress, cold temperature exposure, and excessive noise levels;
- recognize occupancy and location identification methods, container shapes, markings and colors, placards and labels, shipping papers;
- complete hazard, risk, and damage assessments for handling a pressurized container;
- describe the equipment associated with the four levels of PPE to include liquid splash-protective clothing, chemical vapor-protective clothing, and high temperature-protective clothing;
- demonstrate leak-control methods and fire-control operations involving flammable liquids, gases, and reactive chemicals; and
- develop a plan of action and a site safety plan to facilitate entry into the hot zone of a HAZMAT incident.
ERHM is designed for students who may be required to perform duties at a CBRNE incident. To be eligible to attend the ERHM course, candidates must have successfully completed AWR-160 Standardized Awareness Training or another certified awareness training course; IS-100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System or any of the available ICS-100 series; IS-200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents or any of the available ICS-200 series; IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction course offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET): 4.0
- Police Officer Standards and Training (POST; approved per state): 40
The ERHM course is eligible for Pro-Board testing through the Alabama Fire College. Test administration occurs at the CDP immediately following the conclusion of the ERHM course. As a prerequisite for Pro-Board testing, each participant who elects to take the test must provide, with the training application, documented proof of NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations training.
In addition to providing the required documentation, the applicant must submit with the application the below signed Privacy Act Request.
Please read the Pro-Board Fact Sheet for further information.
Please print, sign, and fax back, with application, the Privacy Act Request, if taking the Pro-Board Certification test.