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Tactical HazMat Operations in Surface Transportation (THMOST)

Course Duration: 5 days, 40 hours

Price: Open Enroll (Self Pay): 2017 Price TBD

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Tactical Hazardous Materials Operations for Surface Transportation (THMOST)
5-day, 40-hr course

Prerequisite: Certified and active peace officer and / or formally attached to an agency tactical team.  HazMat operations level completion

This 40-hour course is designed to provide participants with advanced knowledge and practical skills needed to respond to a complex, tactical surface transportation incident involving HazMat/WMD. Participants will then learn to operate real tactical weapons using Simunitions® non-lethal training weapons and ammunition while wearing protective clothing and respiratory systems. Participants will learn to respond properly to emergency incidents involving various modes of mass transit transportation, including heavy medium and light rail systems, commercial and school buses, and trolleys. Students will learn to select the Personal Protective Equipment and respiratory protection for the threat presented in any emergency. Students will learn how to use monitoring equipment to help them determine what type of HazMat/WMD students may be confronting. Students will conduct site assessments, determine which level of protective equipment is appropriate for various situations, develop tactical plans and conduct tactical assaults on full-scale passenger train cars, locomotives, commercial buses and school buses. Students will be involved in a variety of “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” situations utilizing simunitions®.  Scenarios also involve “Active Shooter” role playing. After receiving the curriculum and participating in the scenario-based incidents, successful participants will be capable of overseeing and performing surface transportation emergency response activities during real life incidents.


Travel Arrangements

Students are now required to drive daily approximately 25 miles to SERTC from recommended hotels. Travel time to SERTC is approximately 40-45 minutes. Arrive at the TTC main gate parking lot no later than 0720. Bus(es) leave the TTC main gate parking lot at 0730.

Safety Equipment

This course is designed for Participants to move quickly and frequently between classroom and field exercises. In the field, Participants will be training in many working conditions; e.g., hot and dusty, cold and snowy. Weather in Colorado is subject to rapid and diverse changes. We suggest that you come prepared to dress in layers so that you can adjust to the temperature and condition changes. Click for Weather Forecast.

 Participant should bring:

  • Leather work gloves
  • Standard protective footwear — ASTM F2413-11
  • If you have a spectacle kit for a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) that meets respiratory protection standard (OSHA 29CFR 1910.134), please bring it with you.
  • If necessary, prescription safety glasses, with attached side shields must be worn at all times
  • Appropriate work clothing (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or sandals)
  • Come prepared with sunscreen, lip balm, and any other items that will protect you from the elements

SERTC will provide as necessary:

  • Hard hats
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety vests
  • And all other safety gear required for the training.

Participant Requirements

Participation is a requirement for successful course completion. Physical demands involve lifting and climbing in various weather conditions. Participants are required to complete a medical questionnaire upon arrival, before personal protective equipment is issued. Pre and post-medical evaluations are performed.

Use of Participant Images

Upon registration, participants are given a release to sign permitting SERTC to use their image in photos, videos, or publications for training or advertising purposes. If you do not want your image to be used for these purposes, a written and signed refusal is required by the first day of the course.


Our preferred choice of payment is by credit card. We accept most major credit cards; e.g. Visa, MasterCard. Payment by check or purchase order is also accepted, but payment must be received 30 calendar days before the first day of class, or the registration is subject to cancellation. Call 800-933-4882 or email sertc@aar.com to make arrangements or for additional information.Cancellation-Rescheduling-Substitution PolicySubstitutions are permitted provided SERTC is notified in writing prior to the course. Cancellations made at least 30 days prior to the course will receive a refund minus a $100 processing fee. Tuition fees are forfeited, if cancellations are not made 30 days before classes start. Subject to class availability, rescheduling can be completed 30 days prior to the course without penalty.

Refund Policy

Cancellations and rescheduling are only accepted in writing by mail, fax, or email. If our cancellation/rescheduling policy is followed, we will refund the tuition payment minus a processing fee of $100 per tuition. Tuition fees will be refunded 30 days after the refund request is received.

Reporting Instructions

Complete reporting instructions and information about travel arrangements to Pueblo are on the registration website and will also be emailed to you automatically after your registration is confirmed.

Travel Arrangements

Attendees are responsible to making their own travel arrangements. Please register before making travel arrangements. Classes fill very quickly. Make sure your space is reserved. Local Airports: Denver International Airport is a 2-hour drive to Pueblo. Colorado Springs Airport is a 1-hour drive. Pueblo Memorial Airport about 30-minutes from most Pueblo hotels.

Course Start Time

Arrive at the TTC main gate parking lot no later than 0720. Bus(es) leave the TTC main gate parking lot at 0730. Classes start at 0800.