This five-day, State-certified program provides firefighters with the basic skills needed to evaluate and work defensively at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials.
The NIPSTA program is a hands-on, practical-oriented course in which students will operate in Level B suits to meter and control product and flow foam, set up decontamination, plus other techniques in simulated hazardous scenarios.
Learning basic hazards and risk-assessment techniques
Selecting and using proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
Performing basic control, containment and confinement operations
Understanding various types of CBRNE and WMD events
Following standard operating guidelines and termination procedures
Student Requirements: Students are required to attend all sessions in their duty work uniform and provide turnout gear that is NFPA compliant. The required equipment includes coat, pants, hood, boots, gloves, helmet w/ chinstrap, ear flaps, and face shield or goggles. Students must also provide SCBA harness, a fit-tested face piece, two (2) SCBA cylinders with hydrostatic test dates that do not expire prior to the dates of the scheduled program, a flashlight, work gloves or extrication gloves, work safety glasses, and passport name tags.
Program includes course materials.