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The Hazardous Materials Committee of the International Fire Chiefs Association is happy to welcome attendees back in person for HAZMAT 2023! The International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference (HAZMAT) is a four-day event that will be held this year at the Hilton of Baltimore, Maryland from June 8-11, 2023, with an additional pre-conference day on June 7, 2023. Attendees are provided the latest classroom, hands-on, and field trip-based training on topics covering all aspects of HAZMAT. 

The training offered at the HAZMAT Conference offers immediate, practical, and valuable information designed to ensure you successfully meet the demands of HAZMAT response in today’s challenging environment.

Learn about new and updated practices in HAZMAT response including transportation, safety, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), gear, mass decontamination terrorism, bioterrorism, and more. Some of the class topics and objectives include:

  • Biothreat response and sample collection.
  • Field detection of pesticides
  • Incident management best practices
  • Recognition of homemade WMDs
  • Chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials
  • Leading and managing a HAZMAT response team
  • Recognizing and responding to commercial explosive incidents
  • Chemical laboratory management
  • Pre-incident planning tips and tricks
  • Emergencies at chemical facilities
  • Risk-based response to battery emergencies
  • Developing decontamination strategies
  • Tactical chemistry
  • Pipeline emergency response
  • Anhydrous ammonia response
  • Responding to toxic suicides
  • Wet chemistry hazard classification
  • Liquified natural gas safety and emergency response
  • Ethanol emergency response training

See the full conference schedule here.

HAZMAT 2023 will be an awesome opportunity to learn and network with your peers.


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The IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee serves as the IAFC's subject matter expert regarding hazardous materials and dangerous goods.