Mr. William A. Henle


 ANOTHER INSTRUCTOR:  William "Bill" Henle has over 36 years experience teaching hazardous materials and  responding to hazardous materials incidents. Retired from  Portland (OR) Fire and Rescue, Bill was responsible for all hazardous  materials response operations and training for the 700 person fire  department and was Team Leader for the full-time Hazmat Response Team.  Bill has five years experience in the private environmental response  field where he supervised and managed projects including emergency  response to train derailments, tunnel and chemical fires, and tanker  accidents.

Bill has responded to hundreds of hazardous materials incidents,  including over 300 clandestine drug labs and brings this experience to  enhance the training. 

Over the years, Bill has been a Presenter and  Lecturer at various national hazardous materials conferences across the  U.S., including the International Hazmat Teams Conference, the  International Fire Instructors Conference, the Certified Hazardous  Materials Managers Conference, and the Continuing Challenge.

For several years, Bill and Steve Hermann have successfully collaborated on developing Documents, Programs, and Plans besides writing and conducting three types of operational exercises for many different organizations located in the Pacific Northwest.

Turnkey Exercises


  • New Full-Scale Turnkey Exercise format which provides greater increased participation and a higher learning level for most of the participants.  

  • Exercises concentrate heavily on management  tasks, leaving most attendees without significant duties or learning  opportunities. 

  • Our new format has received the highest evaluation scores in our experience along with many positive comments on participants’  Exercise Evaluation Forms.

 Three types of exercises:

  • Tabletop exercise, which is a verbal walk-through or discussion  of the response procedures. It is designed to evaluate plans and resolve  questions of coordination and roles. 
  • Functional exercise, which is a hands-on or physical demonstration of a specific function or operational capability. 
  • Full-scale exercise, which is also a hands-on test, but involves  a test of the overall emergency management system. A full-scale  exercise tests most or all of the emergency response functions outlined  in an emergency plan. These exercises involve either simulation of  events that might occur at a fixed facility or as a result of a  transportation incident.

Developing & Writing Plans


We can assist your planning needs by writing departmental or team hazardous materials emergency response plans, responding to railroad emergencies plans, and Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Emergency Response Plans (ERP). 

Our LEPC Emergency Response Plans allow an LEPC to meet their requirement under United States Code (USC) Title 42 Chapter 116 Subchapter I, § 11003 (a-g) of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

Our experienced team conducts EHS facility visits to complete questionnaires for capturing information required to be included in the plan. Our complete “turnkey” planning process is fully compliant with EPCRA Subchapter 1 section 11003 requirements for the plan to include:

1. Identification of Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS) facilities

2. Substance release response methods and procedures

3. Designation of community and facility coordinators

4. Reliable, effective and timely notification procedures

5. Determining occurrence of a release and area/population affected

6. Description of emergency equipment and facilities and responsible persons

7. Evacuation plans

8. Training programs and schedules

9. Methods and schedules for exercising the emergency plan.


Real World "Lessons Learns" Approach


A case study approach with interactive question and answer and practical exercise sessions are all part of our effective training methods.


Our training programs are developed for professional hazardous materials emergency responders - whether you are involved in management, supervision, or the working level  in Fire Service (Military & Civilian), Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical, WMD CST, State National Guard Units, Protective Service (DoD, Treasury, DoJ), Customs & Border Protection, Immigration & Naturalization Service, Centers for Disease Control, HazMat Teams, Intelligence Units, Pre-Hospital Care (EMS), Trucking & Railroad Industry, Public Safety Agencies, Emergency Management, Manufacturing & Shipping, Plant & Safety Management, Anti-terrorism & Force Protection, USPS Emergency Management, Emergency Preparedness Management, FBI, Transportation Security Administration, and Federal Protective Service.


On-site Training


A variety of hazmat programs can be taught at your facility for cost-effective group training. 

Your organization will benefit from actual and successful incident case studies for first-time or refresher training for new and/or experienced hazardous materials professionals.  

Our flexible training allows the customer an opportunity to tailor courses to address the specific needs of his organization at his workplace. 

On-site presentations are more cost-effective and provide the benefit of convenient timing for multiple training sessions.   

We provide quality training to your entire department at a considerable cost savings. We will stay until your entire organization is trained to standard.

Receive immediate answers to your specific questions by consulting with our knowledgeable people.

Mr. Stephen L. Hermann


  Stephen L. Hermann was the Hazardous Materials Coordinator for a major state agency, and a Colonel in the Chemical Corps, National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. He is past Commandant of the Arizona Military Academy, Arizona Army National Guard and was formerly the State Chemical Officer, and commanded a Cobra Attack Helicopter Battalion. His Bachelor of Science degree is in Explosives Technology and he is a graduate of the U.S. Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College and is a Senior Executive Fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mr. Hermann has published over 165 articles in all of the major police, fire, and environmental magazines. He was a technical advisor for Argonne National Laboratories and a consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratories. He has testified before subcommittees of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He has guest lectured at the National Fire Academy. He is a Certified Homeland Security (Level V) and Certified Hazardous Materials Instructor. 





A classroom-delivered training program that concentrates on case studies of actual hazardous materials transportation accidents. The training will clarify the OSHA and EPA laws covering all emergency responders. You will see and understand “real-world” problems encountered and solutions to actual major accident problems. Discussed are large scale accident scenes; hazmat transportation accidents; hazmat teams; detection instruments; gasoline cargo tanks; working a highway accident scene; BLEVEs; major derailments; and lessons learned.  



A hands-on practical exercise training program that will prepare attendees to successfully handle accidents and emergencies involving gasoline tank trucks. Participants will understand the functioning of the valving and plumbing, how safety relief features work, why gasoline cargo tanks cannot be lifted while still loaded, the different methods of product transfer, the trucking company’s responsibilities, how to safely drill an aluminum tank truck, and considerations involved in bonding and grounding.  



This training program addresses the competencies mandated by OSHA 1910.120(q) (HAZWOPER) for all hazardous materials Incident Commanders. It will satisfy requirements for both initial qualification and annual retraining. Instructors with decades of actual hazardous materials emergency response experience will also utilize a number of “real-world” case studies of hazardous materials incidents to reinforce the course contents. Attendees will be organized into teams to conduct several extensive practical exercises involving hazard analysis, and development of the overall strategy and specific incident objectives. 



A classroom-delivered training program that examines case studies and demonstrates paraphernalia and equipment seized from actual clan drug lab search warrant raids. It was developed by Huntsville Training Associates and has been taught on numerous occasions by our experienced instructor team who has handled over five hundred clan drug labs in two states. They bring a unique fire and police department perspective. Hundreds of PowerPoint slides clearly show exactly what you can expect at an illegal clan drug lab incident.   



A classroom-delivered training program for departmental chief officers and/or senior executives that addresses assessing the scene, determining priorities, assigning roles and functions, and determining the department’s proper mission; capabilities and limitations of detection instruments, actual field performance of flammable and toxic clouds versus computer models; and the critical role of industry, the predominance of psychosomatic injuries, and weapons of mass destruction instruction. The legal liability considerations are extensively discussed and it answers the “why” of hazardous materials operations, and explains the underlying laws, nationally accepted standards of good practice, and operating principles.  



  This training program covers the basic characteristics of civilian and military explosives, and homemade bombs considerations. Depending on your requirements and location, the course can be customized to include a one-hour demonstration period, and a one-hour limited "hands-on" session involving basic priming and firing techniques. The training can further be modified to emphasize "bomb scare" procedures and techniques.  


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5 Thayer St., Huntsville, AL 35806, US

Call Diane or Steve at: (256) 808-3117 or EMAIL: stevehermann@earthlink.net


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed