Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training Center (EMHSTC) Programs, Degrees, and Contacts

The Emergency Management & Homeland Security Training Center (EMHSTC), constructed in 1991 through a partnership with private industry, provides an ever-expanding and comprehensive program of cost effective training for public and private sector agencies responsible for hazardous materials planning, response, and cleanup. Over the past several years, specialized and technical rescue programs have also become part of the Center curriculum offerings making the facility an integral part of Michigan's effort at being a national leader in emergency training for hazardous materials, technical rescue and terrorism planning and response.

Thousands of students have passed through our doors and benefited from some of the best emergency services training available. Through the dedicated efforts of EMHSTC staff, we have been visited by professionals from as far away as Brazil, South Africa, and Australia.

Courses and workshops are developed to meet or exceed the variety of planning and training requirements and recommendations of OSHA, EPA, MIOSHA, NFPA, MDPH-EMS, and others. Courses are conducted at the Center s four-acre site in Lansing. Due to the extensive hands-on nature of many of these programs, the EMHSTC utilizes a variety of training and simulation aids including railroad cars, highway tank trailers, above/below ground storage tanks, confined spaces, and personal protective clothing and equipment all intended to provide a realistic training environment. Upon successful completion of a course, students are issued a Michigan State Police certificate of training.

Instructors are drawn from both the public and private sector with an emphasis on individuals possessing both practical and technical expertise in the subject areas to be taught. Course costs include all student materials, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch each day, and if indicated, lodging for the entire course.

If you have any questions regarding EMHSTC programs, please contact us at 517-284-3821 or EMHSTC@michigan.gov. We look forward to serving your specialized training needs.

Professional Recognition Program

The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training Center has joined forces with several organizations in Michigan to develop a professional recognition program for hazardous materials and technical rescue planners, responders, professionals, and instructors in Michigan.  The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, through its Emergency Management & Homeland Security Training Center, firmly believes our primary mission is to raise the professional standing of the field of hazardous materials planning, mitigation, and response by providing leadership and coordination through instructional programs and other skill enhancement opportunities.  Becoming recognized as a hazardous material "professional" is for anyone with a commitment to both personal and system development.  This is NOT just another required program.  In fact, the achievement of these professional levels is strictly optional.  We are confident, however, these programs will provide the opportunity for individuals to reach a higher level of competency and leadership capability in their chosen field, and improve the organizations to which they belong.

NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Technician Level Compliance Program

Emergency responders requiring the need to acquire hazardous materials technician level training compliant with NFPA, will need to complete the following programs and successfully complete a comprehensive examination over all subject material.

Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Response or equivalent ........................... 4 Hours
Hazardous Materials Operations Level Response or equivalent ......................... 24 Hours
Emergency Response to Terrorism Awareness Level ......................................... 4 Hours
WMD Radiological/Nuclear Responder Operations Course................................ 24 Hours
Incident Command System 100/200 Level training or equivalent ........................ 16 Hours
EMI Independent Study-Emergency Planning (online)........................................ 10 Hours
EMI Independent Study-Hazardous Materials Contingency Planning (online)........... 1 Hour
Hazardous Materials Technician I and II ............................................................ 80 Hours
Evidence Collection and Sampling Techniques Program .................................. 16 Hours
Chemistry I .................................................................................................... 24 Hours
Air Monitoring for Emergency Response (EPA 165.4) ...................................... 24 Hours
Total Hours ................................................................................................. 227 Hours

For more information or to schedule a test date  e-mail EMHSTC@michigan.gov

Hazardous Materials Professional Recognition Program

This program requires successful completion of the following hazardous materials related courses and a comprehensive examination.  These courses include:

NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Technician Level Compliant Program............... 227 Hours
Chemistry II..................................................................................................... 24 Hours
Advanced Air Monitoring................................................................................. 24 Hours
Highway Cargo Tank Specialty......................................................................... 24 Hours
Railcar Specialty for Hazardous Materials Technician........................................ 24 Hours
Intermodal Specialty for Hazardous Materials Technician................................... 16 Hours

For more information or to schedule a test date  e-mail EMHSTC@michigan.gov. .

Bachelor Degree
Siena Heights University and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training Center (MSP/EMHSTC) have teamed up to offer firefighters, hazardous materials team members, and other responders the opportunity to achieve a bachelor degree in public safety.  After completing the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Professional Recognition Program developed by the EMHSTC and the Michigan Association of Hazardous Materials Responders (MAHMR), the interested individual will receive a certificate worth 35 credit hours and can apply for acceptance into Siena Heights University's Bachelor of Public Safety program.  It takes 120 credit hours to achieve this goal.  Additional credit will be granted for completion of Firefighter I and II as well as emergency medical training.