Development of Florida's "Operations Level Hazardous Materials Training Program"
Completed by Response Technologies
SARASOTA, FL. July 1, 2010 - Keeping Florida
in the forefront of hazardous materials response, the State of Florida Division
of Emergency Management contracted Response Technologies Corporation in August
2009 to revise and re-develop their "Operations Level Hazardous Materials
Training" program. The program, recently completed is due to be released in
August of 2010.
The program was developed following the competency requirements of NFPA 472
"Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass
Destruction Incidents". The standard holds specific "Core" requirements for all
responders to hazardous Materials/WMD emergencies. Then, additional "Mission
Specific" competencies are outlined for those personnel who have well defined
functions such as decontamination, use of personal protective equipment, air
monitoring, sampling, evidence preservation/collection and illicit lab response.
The newly revised Florida program meets all of these requirements.
The development project included updating the existing operations level program
videos segments as well as adding new video content. The final product included
a complete instructor guide, student text, note taking guide, supporting
materials and the videos in a CDROM / DVD package. In addition, materials are
being prepared to support online download and video streaming.
The new program is due to be released in August 2010. Posting of the materials
will be on the Florida Division of Emergency Management's webpage at
For more information, contact the Florida Division of Emergency Management in
Tallahassee, Florida or Response Technologies Corporation.
Response Technologies Completes Operational Readiness Evaluation for Saint Louis
SARASOTA, FL. Dec 31, 2009 -
Growing in popularity because of its OReval® data management tool, Response
Technologies was called upon to provide an Operational Readiness Evaluation
(ORE) for Saint Louis County, MO Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team.
The team, which serves the metropolitan areas of Saint Louis County, provides
protection to over 1.4 million citizens as well as significant Midwest gateway
transportation corridors and infrastructure.
Over a period of several days, Response Technologies' evaluators collected
information concerning the hazmat team's operational status. Plans, policies,
standard operating procedures, human resources and training records were all
reviewed along with the state of readiness for hundreds of pieces of response
equipment. This information, along with evaluator comments and improvement
recommendations were then fed into Response Technologies' OReval® data
management application. This application then enabled Response Technologies to
generate a comprehensive report concerning the team's state of readiness. The
final report included a summary of evaluator findings and recommendations as
well as a detailed line item report covering the assessment elements and the
teams capital assets.
Response Technologies Completes Operational
Readiness Evaluations (OREs) on 28 Florida Hazardous Materials Response Teams
SARASOTA, FL. Sept 30, 2009 -
Under contract with the Florida State Fire Marshall's Office, Response Technologies recently
completed a program to rapidly assess the operational readiness of 28 state
funded hazardous materials teams. The project, awarded in mid July 2009,
was under a tight timeline due to a DHS grant requirement and the entire project
needed to be completed by no later than August 30¾only
The assessment methodology used was based upon the Florida State Emergency
Response Commissions (SERC) Hazardous Materials Team Assessment Methodology.
That methodology was rapidly revised to meet the specific needs of the State
Fire Marshall. Then, an existing Response Technologies database application was
tailored to capture the data and generate reports for each team and summaries of
the entire state's capabilities.
During the month of August, teams from Response Technologies visited each of the
28 funded HazMat Assets to conduct on site evaluations of 282 elements, covering
6 primary focus areas:
In addition, Response Technologies captured data and photographic evidence of
the capital assets purchased for these teams with DHS grant funds. All of the
data was then compiled into RTC's OReval® data management template. This
provided the State Fire Marshall with a single comprehensive data management
tool for this and any further evaluations.
Fore more information on the Response Technologies ORE process or the OReval®
data management system, contact Douglas Wolfe, President of Response
Technologies at 941-371-7849.
Response Technologies Selected to Revise the Florida Operations Level Hazardous
Materials Training Program
SARASOTA, FL. June 18, 2009 -
Response Technologies was recently awarded the contract to revise the Florida
Operational Level Hazardous Materials Training Program. The training program,
originally developed by Response Technologies in 1998, is being revised by the
Florida Division of Emergency Management in order to align the curriculum with
the new training competencies outlined in The National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA) Standards.
The project includes the development of an analysis of the current standard of
care relating to training of responders to hazardous materials emergencies. This
analysis will be used to coordinate the curriculum revision of the Florida State
Emergency Response Commission's (SERC's) Public Sector Hazardous Materials
Training Guidelines. These guidelines, tied very closely to NFPA training
standards, are then used to establish the training curriculum within the State
Teamed with Freestyle Productions out of Tallahassee, Response technologies will
revise the entire curriculum as well as develop new video material to support
the classroom and field instruction of the program.
The finished training program, due to be completed by June 2010, will be made
available on DVD and will include instructional materials, student manuals and
video presentations for both the Operations Core Competencies as well as Mission
Specific Competencies as defined in NFPA 472 "Standard for Competence of
Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents"
More information can be obtained by contacting Response Technologies Corporation
or The Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Response Technologies is Providing Free Electronic Training Needs Analysis to
Response Technologies recently announced that
it would provide free access to its Hazardous Materials Technician Training Needs Analysis. The survey,
which is completed online by each
member of a team in approximately 15 minutes, allows the team to gather a
general assessment of their members' perception of training strengths and
weaknesses. This data is then rolled-up into a summary that can provide the
team's leadership with a roadmap for continuing educational needs. Although only one of many assessment methodologies needed to completely analyze training gaps, it
does provide a good, general "ten thousand foot" overview of needs.
limited time, Response Technologies is offering to provide this survey to teams
no cost. The data collected will enable the development of a training plan that
can be used to guide your training and budgetary decision making process.
To take advantage of this opportunity, team leaders should contact Response
Technologies at (941) 371–7849
Florida SERC Approves Revised HazMat Team Assessment
During their meeting on July 11, 2008 The Florida State Emergency Response
Commission approved the 2008 edition of the Florida Hazardous Materials Teams
Assessment Methodology. The assessment is part of an ongoing system of providing
periodic assessment of technician level response capabilities within Florida.
This edition of the assessment was fast tracked for completion in order to
support the State Fire Marshall's Office need for a self-assessment tool for use
with the 2008 SHSGP Grant for hazardous materials teams in Florida. The new
assessment methodology will be available by the end of July once final editing
and formatting is completed.
In addition to the assessment methodology, the SERC also approved two new model
procedures and the SERC Hazardous Materials Technician Annual Training
Competency Refresher Checklist.
Response Technologies has posted the documents on their
Response Technologies Virtual Campus Online
An online campus is now available through Response Technologies in order to
facilitate training for its customers. Virtual campus can host both instructor
led and independent study programs for emergency services training. Located at
campus.responsetechnologies.com, it will support complete SCROM II
compatibility and both synchronous and asynchronous learning
methodologies. In addition to standard courses, Response Technologies will also
be providing tailored program development and hosting for their clients and customers.
For more information on this and other services provided by Response
Technologies, contact Douglas
Wolfe at 941-371-7849.
Florida SERC Training Task Force (TTF) Revising the Type III and II HazMat Team Assessment Methodologies
The Florida State Emergency Response Commission Hazardous Materials Training
Task Force is currently revising the Type III and II Hazardous Materials Team
Assessment Methodologies. The methodologies, used throughout Florida to assess
the response capabilities of technician level teams, are being updated based upon changes
to the standard of care and the expectations of the emergency
The revised documents are expected to go before the Florida SERC for approval at
their July 2008 meeting. Comment is currently being taken and copies of the
drafts can be obtained from either your Florida
LEPC staff contacts
or by contacting Tim Date at the Florida Division of Emergency Management at
Response Technologies at Fire Rescue East
Response Technologies will be attending the Fire-Rescue East 2008 conference in
Jacksonville January 22 - 26, 2008. Held in the Prime Osborne Convention Center,
we will be located at booth 113 immediately off the main entry foyer and we
invite everyone to stop. RTC will be conducting a training needs analysis
throughout the conference. It is our desire to gather data from managers,
training officers, responders and manufacturers concerning the changing needs of
training. This data will then be made available to its customers and strategic
Additional information about Fire-Rescue East 2008 can be obtained from the
Florida Fire Chiefs' Association.
Discussion Boards Added to Support Florida HazMat Responders
Several discussion boards have been added to support the Florida Association of
Hazardous Materials Responders. These discussion boards, opened on Monday June
26, are accessible to all registered users of Response Technologies download
library. Access request is limited to known of verified employees of recognized
public safety and allied organizations including fire service, EMS, medical, law
enforcement, public health and military. Access requests can be made at
https://www.responsetechnologies.com/libraryrequest.htm . Please allow up to
48 hours for validation and approval for access.
Response Technologies develops a new curriculum for Hazardous Materials Analytical Technician
Response Technologies Corporation is developing a new certificated program in field analytical procedures. Due out in the winter of 2006 this curriculum is designed to take the HazMat Technician to a
standardized level of competency for analyzing potential chemical, radiological and biological hazards in the field. This comprehensive certification program is (Click here to read more...)
(NFA) National Fire Academy Chemistry Computer Based Training Program
The National Fire Academy (NFA) has released their new Chemistry of Emergency Response (CER) Computer Based Refresher Training Program. The CD-ROM based program was developed as part of the revision
process for the academy's gold standard chemistry program. The CD-ROM was developed by the program development contractor and Response Technologies Corporation. More information concerning the CD-ROM
can be obtained by contacting the National Fire Academy publications division at
Response Technologies Completes the Reassessment of Hazardous Materials Teams in
The process of re-assessing hazardous materials response teams in Florida
was completed in December 2006 and preliminary reports were provided to the
Florida State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and their meeting during the
first week week of January.
This is the second time Response Technologies and its principles have been
involved in the Florida assessment process. During the first process which,
occurred in 1999 and 2000, Response Technologies played a key roll in the
development of the assessment methodology and administered the process to 25 of
the 35 teams now being assessed for a second time. The results of the first
assessment played a pivotal role in helping the teams set their own strategic
goals and road maps for improvement. In addition, the data was used extensively
to aid in the development of a state-wide WMD response capabilities both before
and immediately following the events of 9-11.
This year's assessments shows a marked strengthening of hazardous materials
response teams throughout the state of Florida both in the areas of planning and
For more information concerning this assessment process, you can contact
Wolfe at Response Technologies or the Florida Division of Emergency Management.