First Responder Operations

Course Description:
This course is designed for public service emergency response personnel who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment for the effects of the release.

Course Name:
Hazardous Materials First Responder - Operations


Course Code:

Instructional Hours:

Student Manuals:
IFSTA 6th ed., or Jones & Bartlett 3rd ed.

To Schedule Course:

Instructor Fee:

Student Application:
SMOKE (Course Offerings & Registration)

Student Prerequisites:

  • Eighteen years of age or older
  • Member of an organized Michigan Fire Department

Explorer and Cadet Exceptions:
Individuals sponsored by a fire department cadet program or fire department Boy Scouts of America Explorer Program. (must have a copy of governmental resolution on file with the MFFTC).
(a)  Department cadets and explorer scouts must be 16 to 17 years of age (no exceptions).
(b)  18 years of age or over do not qualify for cadet or explorer status.


Quiz: None

Written Test: 75 questions (70% passing score)

Practical Test: None


This course is approved by Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) for the EMS, C.E. Credits listed below. To obtain credits, the student should write in the credits on the MDCH, C.E. record form. An instructor signature is not required. The student should retain the certificate of course completion for three years; in the event their C.E. Credits are selected for audit by MDCH. (To obtain license renewal information or forms contact MDCH at 517-241-0179 or renew online at






Disaster Planning 2 2 2 2
EMS System Operations 1 2 2 2
Environmental Emergencies 1 1 1 1
Hazardous Materials 2 2 2 2
Patient Handling 0 1 1 1
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Total C.E. Credits 6 8 8 8