How is the Department of HazMat/WMD Training Funded?
Funding from the following federal agencies enables the IAFF to deliver no cost recruit and direct training when emergency responders and their departments demonstrate a need:
National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) The primary focus of all IAFF training under the NIOSH Cooperative Agreement is at the first responder operations level. First responders are trained to meet all competencies at the operational level per 29 CFR 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response; 29 CFR 1910.146 Permit-Required Confined Spaces; and various National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. The following chart details the IAFF’s grant history with NIOSH.
of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Institute of Environmental Health & Sciences - Hazardous
Waste Worker Training (NIEHS / HWWT)
National Institute of Environmental Health & Sciences - Department of Energy
Department of Transportation (DOT) The goal of this program is to increase the training available to emergency responders along major transportation corridors by offering instructor training programs, providing training materials, and increasing the overall competence of emergency response trainers in those areas. This program is based on the Train-the-Trainer (TtT) model. Once trained, these individuals return to their communities and train others. This provides for a cost-effective use of funding.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) In 1999, the IAFF partnered with DHS (formerly Department of Justice’s Office for Domestic Preparedness). Since then, the IAFF has received a total of $9.76 million in funding. Initial funding was awarded to develop and pilot-test a safety and health oriented operations-level training program for first responders. Additional supplemental awards allowed the IAFF to continue its work with DHS to deliver direct training and (TtT) classes nationwide. Beginning with the IAFF’s second grant, training centered on conducting classes in 15 cities identified in the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici (NLD) Domestic Preparedness Plan. The following chart details the IAFF’s grant history with DHS.