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The purpose of this program is to identify emergency service personnel who demonstrate sufficient knowledge and competency in the performance requirements necessary to recognize a hazardous materials/WMD as well as functioning in situations that may pose a risk to health or the environment. The NFPA 1072 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents identifies the minimum requirements for a person at the initial level of progression. Personnel who, in the course of their normal duties, could encounter an emergency involving hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and who are expected to recognize the presence of the hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD), protect themselves, call for trained personnel, and secure the scene.


A person submits a completed application to the Kentucky Fire Commission. The candidate shall remit the prescribed written testing sitting fee, attempt a written examination of 20 multiple choice, true/false or matching questions and participate in a skills exam scenario utilizing the US Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook. The skill scenario for this certification level will be preszented to the candidate in conjunction with the written exam, at no additional charge. The candidate will be afforded the opportunity to utilize the ERG book during the written exam as a reference guide. Candidate may use the provided ERG manual ONLY. Upon successful completion of the written exam and the scenario, provided all documentation and fees are submitted and prerequisites are satisfied, the candidate shall become eligible to recieve an accredited certification from the Kentucky Fire Commission.


Detect the presence of a hazardous material/WMD, identify name, UN/NA ID number, placard or other distinctive markings, initiate protective actions and proper notifications.


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Haz Mat Awareness Application

SKILL SHEETS- There are NO structured skill sheets for the level of Awareness.
The skill for Awareness certification is completion of a scenario using the latest edition of the US Department of Transportations EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDEBOOK.
There are six (6) different possible scenarios, of which the candidate shall complete only 1 to test the candidates ability to utilize the guidebook.
A sample scenario is provided here from which to practice.

Awareness Skills Cover Sheet

HMA Scenario Sample #1

HMA Scenario Sample #2