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Two (2) Days

course overview

This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to safely combat incidents involving hazardous materials. It involves identifying, containing, and rectifying hazardous material leaks and spills, conducting emergency rescues of casualties, setting up and maintaining HAZMAT safety zone, working in and leading small teams of emergency responders.

This course requires participants to spend long periods of time in Breathing apparatus as well as Splash and Gas suits. These HAZMAT suits enclose the entire body and face and can be quite confining. Trainers will work with learners to ensure they are comfortable with the operation and dressing procedures of these suits before committing them to wearing them. Wearing and working in these HAZMAT suits can cause heat stress on the body, therefore, all learners are required to have a basic level of fitness, be clean shaven, be well hydrated before and throughout the course.

learning outcomes

The course covers the following topics:
• Selection, use and maintenance of breathing apparatus equipment including pre-donning checks and tests
• Identify and handle hazardous materials.
• Assist with establishment and hazard control and decontamination zones.
• Contain and recover hazardous materials.
• Assist with decontamination of personnel and equipment.
• Select and don protective clothing.
• Don and test protective equipment.
• Work in area of operations.


Participants must:
• Be clean shaven to ensure facial seal of respirators as per AS/NZS 1715
• Provide photo I.D on entry
• Unless exempt, provide a verifiable USI number
• Be physically fit and healthy with capacity to perform manual tasks
• Be able to read, write, communicate orally, and understand and interpret complex information and situations
• Interact with others and work under pressure
• Dress appropriately i.e., long sleeve, long pants or overalls, safety boots/closed in shoes, safety glasses

Please ensure you read our Student Handbook for further information on our policies, procedures, terms, and program conditions.

If you are unsure if you require learning support, SDS can provide access to a LLN assessment that identifies if any learning support is needed. Please ensure you inform the training team on registration, if you fail to inform the training team at registration, learning support may not be available on the day of training.

delivery method

This course is delivered over two (2) days and consists of classroom-based theory learning with practical based activities.


• PUAFIR207 Operate Breathing Apparatus Open Circuit (fire sector specific)

Pre-requisites are available through SDS, please contact the training team for more information.


$795.00 (No GST applicable).

Prices subject to change.


Assessment includes written and/or multiple-choice knowledge assessment and practical based skills assessments.


On successful completion participants will receive a statement of attainment for:
• PUAFIR324 Render hazardous materials incidents safe
• PUAFIR306 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident
• PUAFIR308 Employ personal protection at a hazardous materials incident
• RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
• PUAEWHS002 Maintain safety at an incident scene (available on courses scheduled from 25th July 2024)

skills maintenance

To ensure your skills and knowledge are maintained it is critical you undertake regular skills maintenance training. Where there is no licence or legislated expiry the industry standard for skills maintenance is every two (2) years.

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