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Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident



A Complete Training Solution for Hazardous Materials Technicians and Incident Commanders!

In 1982, the authors’ Mike Hildebrand and Greg Noll, along with Jimmy Yvorra, first introduced the concept of the Eight-Step Process© for managing hazardous materials incidents when their highly regarded manual, Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident was published. Now in its Fourth Edition, this text is widely used by firefighters, hazmat teams, bomb squads, industrial emergency response teams, and other emergency responders who may manage unplanned hazardous materials incidents. As a result of changing government regulations and consensus standards, as well as the need for terrorism response training, Mr. Noll and Mr. Hildebrand have modified and refined their process of managing hazmat incidents and added enhanced content, tips, case studies, and detailed charts and tables.

The Fourth Edition contains comprehensive content covering:

  • Hazard assessment and risk evaluation
  • Identifying the problem and implementing the response plan
  • Hazardous materials properties and effects
  • Identifying and coordinating resources
  • Decontamination procedures
  • The Eight-Step Process©
  • Personal protective equipment selection
  • Procedures for terminating the incident

The Fourth Edition’s dynamic features include:

  • Knowledge and Skills Objectives correlated to the 2013 Edition of NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
  • ProBoard Assessment Methodology Matrices for the Hazardous Materials Technician and Hazardous Materials Incident Commander levels
  • Correlation matrix to the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Bachelor’s (Non- Core) Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials Course Objectives
  • Realistic, detailed case studies
  • Practical, step-by-step skill drills
  • Important hazardous materials technician and safety tips


  • Chapter  1  The Hazardous Materials Management System
  • Chapter  2  Health and Safety
  • Chapter  3  Managing the Incident: Problems, Pitfalls, and Solutions
  • Chapter  4  The Eight Step Process©: An Overview
  • Chapter  5  Site Management
  • Chapter  6  Identifying the Problem
  • Chapter  7  Hazard Assessment and Risk Evaluation
  • Chapter  8  Selecting Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Chapter  9  Information Management and Resource Coordination
  • Chapter  10  Implementing Response Objectives
  • Chapter  11  Decontamination
  • Chapter  12  Terminating the Incident
  • Appendix  A  ProBoard Assessment Methodology- Matrices for Hazardous Materials Technician and Hazardous Material Incident Commander based on NFPA 472, 2013 Edition
  • Appendix  B  Correlation Matrix for National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Bachelor’s (Non-Core) Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials Course


About the Author

Greg Noll and Mike Hildebrand have more than 40 years of experience in industry and government. They have served as firefighters, hazardous materials technicians, incident commanders, and instructors. Greg and Mike are the co-founders of Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in emergency planning and response. Their experience and expertise include hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, and operations security (OPSEC). They are both Certified Safety Professionals and serve on the NFPA 472 Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response. In addition, they are recipients of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) John M. Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award for their leadership and contributions to further enhance the hazardous materials emergency response profession.

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Weight2.13 lbs
Dimensions8.4 × 0.8 × 10.8 in
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