Weapons of Mass Destruction Workshop WRHSAC sponsors hazmat course

In late July 2017, The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) sponsored an intensive, educational workshop for the Department of Fire Services Region 4 HazMat team at MEMA Region III/IV headquarters in Agawam. The course, taught by OPS15, was the second in a series, with this session focused on the chemistry of WMD and designed for HazMat Technicians who encounter situations where weapons of mass destruction are suspected of being produced.

Department of Fire Services District 4 HazMat Team apparatus at MEMA Region III/IV Headquarters

The course was designed to be a refresher and continuation of the Applied Chemistry for Technicians class, which was offered earlier this year. The workshop provided critical information used to determine the type of weapon that may be produced given the precursors that are discovered or suspected.

Instructors provided an intensive review of the chemistry of WMD

The class consisted of classroom review of chemistry then techs worked individually and in interactive groups on scenario’s and practical exercises.

Stations were set up for students to test for oxidizers using a reaction vessel

The course material covered basic chemical reactions, precursors of explosives, nerve agents, vesicants and biological agents.

Students used state-of-the-art meters to identify chemical compounds commonly found in WMD

Instructors introduced technicians to reference materials essential in the identification and safe handling of these compounds.

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