Hazmat Recognition for CERTs

After a disaster such as an earthquake it is inevitable that there will be Hazardous Materials released.  In order for CERT members in the field to remain safe, it is critical to be able to recognize when Hazardous Materials are present.  This class is designed to provide CERTs with the ability to recognize Hazmat so that they can keep a safe distance and be able to pass important information up the chain of command.   Some of the topics covered in the class will include:

  • Common indicators of Hazmat
  • Common types of buildings and vehicles which carry Hazmat
  • The basic classes of Hazmat
  • Placarding systems for buildings and vehicles
  • Some basic Hazmat reference sources

This is the next class in a series of continuing education training for CERT Members.  These classes are designed to be a refresher for basic CERT knowledge, allow us to get further in depth on important subjects, and also to provide training on pertinent subjects which are not covered in the basic CERT class.  This class is offered free to CERT members.  The same class is offered on two different dates to accommodate different schedules.  When registering just select one of the two dates.

Dates:                   Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6pm-9pm


Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9am-12pm

The same 3hr class will be offered on both days so either date can be attended.

Location:              Santa Clara Fire Department Training Center

1900 Walsh Ave

Santa Clara, CA, 95050


The class is free but seating is limited so we ask that you register in advance.  To do this you can either contact the Santa Clara Fire Department Training Division at 408-615-4940 or register online through Eventbrite.  To use Eventbrite select one of the links depending on which date you would like to attend.


For Wednesday 6/13/18 from 6pm – 9pm:



For Saturday 6/16/18 from 9am – 12 pm:



Cost:                      Free!


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Thanks for your commitment to help others in the community!


Jon Boucher


Santa Clara Fire Department
777 Benton Street | Santa Clara, CA 95050
831-588-0291(Cell)    408-615-4905 (Fire Station 5)