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The purpose of this program is to identify emergency service personnel who demonstrate competency in the performance requirements necessary to perform the duties of a Hazardous Materials Operations responder. The NFPA 1072- "Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents" identifies the minimum requirements for a person at the operations level of progression. A person certified at an operations level will have demonstrated competency in the necessary knowledge and skills, while working under direct supervision, to function safely and effectively as a member of a hazardous mitigation team.


A person submits a completed application to the Kentucky Fire Commission. The candidate shall remit the prescribed written test sitting fee, attempt a written examination of 75 multiple choice, true/false or matching questions and participate in a skills examination (50 for HMO Core). 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 and skills exams, provide all documentation, fees are submitted and prerequisites are satisfied, the candidate shall become eligible to recieve an accredited certification from the Kentucky Fire Commission.


Mission-Specific hazardous situations, including but not limited to: atmospheres, analyzing incidents, collect information, predict material/container behaviors, implement a response, evaluate progress, states of matter, containers and their shapes, product classifications and identifications, markings/labels, packaging and quantities, scope of impact of materials, scene control, action plans, fire/vapor control, uses of protective equipment and limitations, preservation of evidence, decontamination, and the like.

PRE-REQUISITE Competencies

The candidate shall show completion or shall complete the following pre-requisite competencies prior to accredited certification: 

For Haz Mat Operations Core (NFPA 1072 Chapter 5):

          Hazardous Materials/Awareness level (NFPA 1072 Chap 4) accredited certification.

For Haz Mat Operations- Product Control level (NFPA 1072 Chap 6.6): 

           Hazardous Materials/Awareness level (NFPA 1072 Chap 4) accredited certification, plus be tested on Haz Mat PPE and Haz Mat Ops Core.

           Skills and knowledge of PPE (1072 Chap 6.2) and Core level (1072 Chap 5) is tested in conjuction with HMO-Product Control.

Certification to HMO Core IS NOT recommended for the firefighter as a stand alone certification.

           HMO Core is designed to evaluate and certify non-firefighting emergency personnel or to supplement HAZWOPER teams. 

 HMO- Product Control is required for Firefighter 1 (NFPA 1001) accredited certification.


Skills Sheets

Haz Mat Operations-Product Control Application

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