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Course Description

This course was developed to provide all first responders the tools and knowledge to effectively determine exposure, develop and establish a decontamination strategy, and decontaminate those victims of incidents that involve Hazardous Materials/WMD’s.

Tactical decontamination is the aggressive targeted application of decontamination techniques that specifically enhance first responder safety and patient care during hazardous materials and multi-threat incidents.

The following categories of Hazardous Materials/WMD’s and the decontamination strategy for each will be presented:

•       Differentiate between exposure and contamination.

•       Identify the various routes of exposure.

•       Discuss the chemical properties that play a role in decontamination.

•       Identify methods of decontamination in a given incident:

•       Hazardous materials/WMD’s and select chemicals

•       Intentional and accidental exposure/contamination

•       Multi-threat incidents involving law enforcement

•       Identify the 4 levels of PPE for decontamination

•       Health care/1st Responder considerations for handling a contaminated patient

This course will allow the participant to determine the appropriate course of action utilizing hazard response information. The pros and cons of various decontamination tactics will also be discussed to ultimately assist the responder with determining the best decontamination strategy to initiate. 

David Ladd

David Ladd has been involved in Fire Service/Hazardous Materials instruction for the past 17 years. He has worked as an author, lead instructor, course developer, and subject matter expert in chemistry & toxicology for the National Fire Academy, ATEC, College of Southern Nevada, and Hazmat IQ© by federal resources. He has co authored curriculum for the National Fire Academies R247 ALS Response to Hazardous Materials Incident, and was the lead developer and instructor of Hazmat IQ’s Tox-Medic © program.

David has also authored response protocols to various CBRNE, Hazardous Materials/WMD incidents and tox-medic programs. He has both instructed and lectured to LE and Fire/EMS departments and has lectured at various conferences across the United States.