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Hazardous Materials- Operations Level
August 28 - September 1, 2017

A collaborative partnership between the Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and NIPSTA results in this five-day, State-certified program which provides firefighters with the basic skills needed to evaluate and work defensively at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials at a terrorist event or other emergency scenario. This 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 stations, and other techniques in simulated hazardous scenarios.


Course Objectives:

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, including 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.



Tuition is waived for first responders in Cook County and credentialed members of state-wide specialized teams recognized by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Cook County and state-wide responders will be given priority for registration. Du Page, Lake, Will, McHenry and Kane County personnel with the potential to respond under mutual aid agreements with Cook County will be registered on a space available basis. 

All others: $800


All questions regarding this course should be directed to

All questions regarding enrollment should be directed to Illinois MABAS at (847) 403-0500 or

Cancellation Policy:  Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by NIPSTA at least two (2) weeks prior to the first day of the scheduled training program.  Substitute requests will not be accepted.

If notice of cancellation is not received by NIPSTA before the first day of the scheduled training program, then 100% of the tuition fee shall be due and payable to NIPSTA.

NIPSTA reserves the right to cancel a course.  Notice of cancellation will be provided to students at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of the program.  Cancellations with less than seven (7) days" notice will only be in the event of an emergency. 

Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy
2300 Patriot Boulevard Glenview, IL 60026
Phone: 847-998-8090 • Fax: 847-998-8091

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