TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Methamphetamine Laboratory Training Program: First Responder Awareness and Operations


September 16, 2015


The Environmental Protection Agency is offering a FREE 2-day Meth Lab Training Class — First Responder Awareness and Operations Training Program in Vassalboro, Maine – October 27- 28, 2015.

Training Location Address:
Maine Criminal Justice Academy
15 Oak Grove Road
Vassalboro, Maine 04989

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (both days)

The Problem...
The clandestine production of methamphetamine is growing at an alarming rate across the country. Clandestine methamphetamine laboratories (meth labs) range from crude makeshift operations to highly sophisticated facilities. They can be set up almost anywhere and are often found in private residences, apartments, trailers, automobiles, campgrounds, and hotel and motel rooms. EPA recognizes that meth labs pose a signifi cant threat to human health and the environment and strives to ensure that first responders are well prepared to respond to these labs.

The Solution...
EPA is offering FREE 2-day First Responder Awareness and Operations Training to provide fi rst responders (police, fire, EMS, etc.) with a better understanding of the health risks posed by meth labs; promote awareness of the hazards; and improve local response capabilities. Using a combination of classroom presentations, practical exercises, and hands-on activities with simulated meth labs, attendees are trained to recognize and safely manage initial responses to meth labs (and their hazardous waste dump sites). Course attendees will be provided with a complete set of resources that will allow them to share their knowledge with other fi rst responders should they choose to do so. A certifi cate of completion will be provided to all attendees.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe meth lab hazards and risks to first responders and the community
  • Identify equipment, chemicals, and processes commonly used in meth labs
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of first responders
  • Develop actions and procedures to ensure responder and community safety
  • Identify the need for initial scene command and control
  • Describe the Incident Command System (ICS) and how it applies to meth labs
Training Topics
Topics addressed in this course include:
  • Local meth and meth lab trends
  • Meth production methods
  • Meth lab hazards and identifi cation
  • Health effects on users and fi rst responders
  • First responder actions: what to do and what not to do
  • Safety, isolation, and notifi cation
  • Potential funding for meth lab cleanup
  • Voluntary guidelines for meth cleanup
  • Agency coordination
To Register: Please email the attached enrollment form to or call Sarah Helinek at 703-284-6068.

Local Contacts:
Jack Murphy

James Lyman
207-877-8000 • 207-877-8027 (fax)

Dormitory rooms and meals are available for overnight guests. Interested students should fill out the attached form and return to the Academy AFTER registering for the class.

First Responder Awareness and Operations
This course meets the requirements of Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, 1910.120, Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, 311. This training program does NOT meet the requirements of HAZWOPER, CLANWOPER, or any DEA clandestine laboratory certification program.


Registration Form