Hazardous Materials Regional Training Center

Located on more than ten acres in Waterloo (1925 Newell St), the campus at the Hazardous Materials Regional Training Center offers contemporary facilities and training for students and members of the fire service, industry professionals, and public safety officers.

Our staff and facility offers realistic training in actual fire conditions. Your organization can practice making interior and transitional fire attacks as well as a full range of complexity in hose lays and securing a water source. Features within the burn building include: burn rooms on each floor; moveable wall panels, furniture, and other common obstacles to fire attack and firefighter orientation; pyrometer for precise temperature monitoring, a forcible entry simulator; roof chopouts for practicing vertical ventilation, several windows to alter flow paths and permit horizontal ventilation; and a floor opening to simulate rapid intervention scenarios. The same building offers a smoke machine to quickly prepare evolutions under low visibility conditions. Our instructors strictly adhere to NFPA 1403 standards for live-fire training evolutions.

We work with a number of industries in Iowa. Much of our training is done with 'incipient brigades' that perform spill remediation, rescue, fire suppression, and pre-incident planning. We are able to assist in each area, allowing these to become an integral part of their already established system. Our intent is to conduct regular training, making it site specific and based on a thorough needs assessment. This program, as all our programs, entails practical application of lessons learned in the classroom as well as on the job. Our scenarios are site specific with critiques after all training sessions. We train with the equipment that responders will be using, and we will also bring to the table new and innovative concepts and equipment.

HazMat certification and recertification courses are offered at the training facility or, with sufficient interest, may be conducted on-site throughout the state. Technical rescue training is offered, as requested, to prepare the rescuer to safely rig rescues from low angle, steep, and vertical environments.

For more information, contact us at (319) 291-4275 or hazmat@waterloo-ia.org