Awareness Level Response to Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents

Sample from HazMat/WMD Awareness and Core Operations  Program

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This program is a 12 module training program for operations level hazardous materials refresher training. The methodology blends performance modeling with practice in operations-level decision making. This is presented in a series of operations level incident responses in which the student works through each incident from initial call through successful incident termination. An additional feature of the program is a detailed job aid called QuickFacts, which provides the student with an organized and indexed reference on the information needed at the operational level for hazardous materials response. The QuickFacts can be accessed at any time during the simulated incident response, and also the course provide targeted links to relevant sections of the QuickFacts as optional reference for students when presented with questions and decision points during the response.  The set of incident response performance modeling simulations include:

MURIATIC ACID INCIDENT RESPONSE: Performance Modeling Training

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Displayed below are excerpts from the Muriatic Acid Incident response simulation, and a demo of the QuickFacts reference/job aid.

  • Grainery Dust Explosion
  • Church Bombing
  • Crop Duster Terrorist Spraying
  • Dirty Bomb Incident
  • Nurse Tank - NH3 Release
  • NAOH Spill
  • Gasoline Tanker Spill
  • IBC / MEK Incident

QUICK FACTS: Hazardous Materials Response Job Aid and Reference

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Hazardous Materials Operations Performance Modeling Program

using Powerpoint for storyboards, Corel Graphics suite and Illustrator for graphics, GoAnimate for animation, Movavi for screen video capture, and Captivate and Articulate for final assembly.  Displayed below are examples of complex programs I directed that involved large teams of artists and designers, and examples of programs I have developed as single author.  At right is a full list of titles of CBT/ e-Learning programs I have developed and/or directed.  Current sole-author production includes a comedy series (  'Ed' Talks) addressing humorous perspectives on different federal bureaucratic characteristics. New work will be posted in the future upon completion.

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My experience in the design and development of computer-based e-learning programs has been in two areas. First, I have several years experience in the direction (including design, analysis, storyboarding, and programmer/artist team leadership) of complex multi-course programs for federal LMS's, (NFA, FEMA, DOJ, and USDOT). These programs involved direction of large teams and included a mix of 2-D info-graphics, 3-D scene backgrounds with photo figure overlays, and other mixed media techniques in Illustrator and 3-D Max, and programming in Authorware and HTML More recently, I have been working as sole author (design, scripting, storyboarding, graphics, and final production) on several programs

jurisdictions nationally, and addresses all required competencies except the physical skills competencies which must be presented and evaluated concurrently in face-to-face physical drills and exercises conducted in local departments.

The finished production is a relatively straight forward video-like presentation of content intersperced with frequent online mutiple choice learning checks and with an accompanying face-to-face reinforcement guide for local training managers. The challenges in the development were two-fold: scripting and illustrating the material at a high enough quality level to retain student interest during content presentations, and developing a sufficently detailed interim draft version for national review during production. The extensive national review was necessary becuase the program addressed required standards and formal responder safety requirements. The review format (called "pencil tests" in our production) is of interest because of the effort to depict final visuals (animated in powerpoint) as well as scripts for integrated technical review.

A sample clip of the finished program is depicted on the right, and the full set of units in the complete program -in powerpoint "pencil test" national review format - is presented below (presented here in pdf form to reduce data-size). 

Developed for the US Department of Transportation, this program is an 18 module instructional program designed to provide full standards-based instruction for emergency responders at the awareness and core operations levels. The performance standards for training are defined in National Fire Protection Association 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, Chapter 4 (Competencies for Awareness Level Personnel) and Chapter 5 (Core Competencies for Operations Level Responders.  The program was designed for national onlline delivery to all departments and

Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness and  Core Operations Training Program

  • Muratic Acid Spill
  • Propane Release
  • Fuel Oil Accideent
  • Clandestine Drug Lab Response
Core Operations Level Response to Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents