About This Course

Our CSTI 16-Hour First Responder Operations (FRO) Training (Classroom Version) course is designed for firefighters, police officers, ambulance personnel, private industry emergency responders, military personnel, and government employees.

First Responders at the Operation level are required to be trained in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120(q), and also must have annual refresher training of sufficient content and duration to maintain responder competencies.

Per 1910.120(q):

Emergency response program to hazardous substance releases. This paragraph covers employers whose employees are engaged in emergency response no matter where it occurs except that it does not cover employees engaged in operations specified in paragraphs (a)(1)(i) through (a)(1)(iv) of this section. Those emergency response organizations who have developed and implemented programs equivalent to this paragraph for handling releases of hazardous substances pursuant to section 303 of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, 42 U.S.C. 11003) shall be deemed to have met the requirements of this paragraph.

This course complies with the First Responders Operations training requirements under Fed-OSHA, Cal-OSHA, and NFPA 472.

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

Course Format & Length

The Hazardous Materials for First Responders 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 during a 2 day period for 8 hours per day. The training will take a minimum of 16 hours to complete. 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 16-Hour First Responder Operations (FRO) classroom course will cover the following training topics:

  • Hazardous Materials Recognition and Safety
  • Safety, Isolation, and Notifications
  • Introduction to Incident Command
  • Identification, Hazard Assessment, and Action Planning
  • Protective Equipment and First Responder Limitations
  • Hazmat Release Countermeasures
  • Protective Actions
  • Decontamination, Disposal, and Documentation
  • First Responder Tabletop Exercise
  • Final Exam/Course Evaluation


Once this First Responder 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.