Hazardous Materials Operations (HMO) / Engine Company Fireground Operations (ECFO)
Students must receive a minimum score of 70% on the midterm and final examination. The objective of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to perform hazardous materials first response. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to analyze a hazardous materials incident, plan an initial response, implement the response, and evaluate the progress of the actions taken. Major topics covered in this course include firefighter safety, regulations and standards, chemistry, recognition and identifications, DOT guidebook, site management, container behavior, defensive control measures, personal protective equipment and decontamination. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, classroom exercise and/or visual material, practical exercise, quizzes, observations, midterm and final examination. The objective of the ECFO course is to provide the student with the fundamental principles of engine company operations and how they can be integrated during fireground operations. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the functions and responsibilities of the engine company and demonstrate the use of nozzles, hose, hydrants, foam, and testing equipment during practical evolutions. Major topics covered in this course are functions and responsibilities of the engine company, construction and operation of nozzles, positioning and utilizing the engine, utilizing hydrants, pivot gauge and foam, sizeup, emergency response considerations, initial fireground operation, and selecting and placing attack and supply lines. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, audio/visual material, practical skills exercise, final written examination, and required assignments.
Notes: Individuals with physical or medical conditions that limit their full and active participation may not be eligible for this program. This program is taught off campus in Queen Anne’s County. Students are enrolled in two classes during the fall semester and two classes during the spring semester. Must be a member of a local fire department and at least 16 years old. A Medical Clearance by a certified physician will be required for all participants before school starts. Failure to comply will result in a denial of entry to the program.