NFPA Standard: NFPA 472, 2013 Editon, Chapter 4
Accredited: IFSAC: Yes, NPQS: Yes
Description: Awareness level responders are those persons who discover a hazardous materials release or who respond to hazardous materials/WMD incidents for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, the environment, or property from the effects of the release. They should be trained to respond in a defensive fashion to control identify the hazard, isolate the scene and deny entry to those in the area, make notification and when necessary evacuate those in danger.
Requirements for Certification: Candidates shall be at least 18 years of age. Complete a 80 question written exam with a passing score of 70% or higher.
NFPA 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, 2013 Edition
IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders, 4th Edition, 1st Printing
Jones and Bartlett HazMat Awareness and Operations, 1st Printing
Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), 2012 Edition