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Hazardous Materials Incident Commander


This course is based on NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. and may lead to Pro Board and IFSAC certifications. This course supplies the Incident Commander with the knowledge and skills to perform his/her role as the person responsible for all decisions relating to the management of the incident at releases or potential releases of hazardous materials. The candidate will learn about personal protective clothing, decontamination, branch functions with the Incident Management System, and the overall tactics to properly mitigate a hazardous materials incident.

NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications, 2017 Edition requires accredited agencies to update course materials and certification requirements to this new standard. NFPA 1072 was specifically created for the fire service to replace NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.

Therefore, for courses beginning on/after May 1, 2019, we will no longer teach/issue certification for the NFPA 472 levels (this includes these courses: Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, Volunteer Fire Fighter Block 4: Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, Hazardous Materials Technician, & Hazardous Materials Incident Commander).

Please review this flyer for further and specific information.

For more information, call 1-800-241-2467

Special Equipment - Recommended: Laptop with Excel or equivalent, PowerPoint or equivalent, MS Word or equivalent and a USB Thumb Drive with 1MB

Hours   40
Course Cost   $ 265 In-State     $ 510 Out-Of-State    

Required Text - Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident, 4th Edition REVISED
CDC NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
AFC HM Student Manual upon request from AFC Bookstore

Certification Course Syllabus

Practical Exam Materials


  • Proof of Hazardous Materials: Awareness and Operations as specified by the current edition of NFPA 472 or Certified Fire Fighter I or Certified Volunteer Fire Fighter (IFSAC or Pro Board)

Course Dates

Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission | 2501 Phoenix Dr - Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405 | Toll Free: 1 (800) 241-2467 - Fax: 205-391-3757