Jackson State Offers TEMA Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Course

To kick off its new fire science course offering, Jackson State will host a TEMA Hazardous Material Awareness Level Course on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. This will be a free workshop that will be eligible for CEU credit. While there are no prerequisites necessary to attend, this course is targeted mainly to first responders. Students who successfully complete this course will have met the standards under OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 and NFPA 472 (2008).

This four hour resident course covers the basic skills to recognize, detect, and identify the presence of hazardous materials during an emergency. Students will learn how to define and describe how hazardous materials are classified, understand the risks associated with them and proper notification procedures. Other topics of instruction include: understanding the importance of initiating command and control activities during a hazardous materials incident, surveying a hazardous material incident and identifying the containment systems and materials involved, and use of the Emergency Response Guidebook. Following the workshop, representatives from Jackson State Community College will be available for questions regarding its fire science course offering.

The workshop will be held in the Frank Dodson Science Auditorium at Jackson State Community College. The instructor will be City of Milan Fire Chief James Fountain. Seating is limited. To register, contact Jan Stanfill at (731) 425-2612 or jstanfill@jscc.edu.

Additional information about fire science courses at Jackson State is available at the colleges website:http://www.jscc.edu/fire-science-technology. According to Dr. Tom Pigg, Dean of Allied Health, ‘These new classes are the only known college level courses currently being offered in West Tennessee, and, because of that, they represent a unique educational opportunity for West Tennessee fire safety professionals. These classes will offer fire fighters the chance to enhance their careers by completing college level coursework.’