About This Course

Our CSTI 8-Hour First Responder Operations (FRO) Decontamination (Classroom Version) course is designed for personnel previously trained to the First Responder Operations (FRO) level, to conduct responder decontamination as part of an organized response to hazardous materials releases or weapons of mass destruction involved incidents.

This course is intended to train FRO’s to perform responder decontamination for any type of chemical spill and in any level of chemical protection under the direct supervision of a Decontamination Leader. The training focuses on using equipment and personnel on-hand, in support of local hazmat team members, during a hazmat incident.

Prerequisite Training

Students taking this course must have previously completed training equal or greater to OSHA HAZWOPER First Responder Operations (FRO) training. Proof of FRO training completion will be required prior to course attendance. Students must also have had sufficient Respiratory Protection training, including donning and doffing of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Students are encouraged to bring an SCBA to the class, however one will be provided during training for students who don’t have an SCBA available.

For information on OSHA HAZMAT FRO training requirements or the HAZMAT courses we offer, visit our HAZMAT First Responder Training page.

Course Format & Length

This First Responder Operations Decontamination course is taught by a CSTI certified outreach instructor and includes up-to-date, high quality training created with your safety and learning as our top priority.

Currently, we only offer this course through a classroom training format. You can enroll in the classroom courses offered at our facilities through open enrollment. This course is typically scheduled on the day after one of our CSTI 16 Hour First Responder Operations (FRO) courses, for students who need to take both courses. View classroom training schedule.

We can also provide this FRO training on-site at your location when hosted by your employer. Request a quote for onsite training.

We also offer OSHA compliant 8-hour HAZMAT FRO courses both online and in the classroom, however, these courses do not come with a CSTI/CalEMA certificate.

Course Topics

The CSTI 8-Hour First Responder Operations (FRO-Decon) classroom course will cover the following training topics:

  • Basics of Responder Decontamination
  • PPE and Medical Considerations
  • Review and Exercise Briefing
  • Responder Decontamination Exercise
  • Exercise Debrief and Course Close


Once this First Responder Decon course is completed successfully, you will be given access to download, save or print a temporary Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format. You will also be issued a state certificate from California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI)/California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA).

The final certificate takes up to 3 weeks for delivery. Training certification will be granted under California Government Code Section 8574.19-23 and California Code of Regulations Title 19, Sections 2510-2560.

The CSTI Course Code is FROD and the CA-Approval is CA-023-RESP