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Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Training

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The International Association of Fire Fighters HazMat and Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Department's mission is to educate emergency responders about strategies to safeguard their health and safety and to reduce occupational deaths and injuries related to hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction response.

Over the past 16 years, the IAFF’s HazMat/WMD Department has received funds to develop curricula and directly train emergency personnel. More than 4,000 training programs have been delivered to 91,315 emergency responders over a wide geographical area, representing both rural and urban populations. Additionally, the IAFF has trained approximately 2,362 instructors who have gone on to provide training to an estimated 59,000 additional emergency responders.

Types of Training Available


Funding Sources

Recruit Training Initiative (RTI)

The following federal agencies provide grant funding to the IAFF HazMat/WMD Training Department.  This funding allows the IAFF to conduct its training free of charge (click here to learn more):

Direct Delivery

   Supportive Teaching






National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)



   Instructor Training (Train-the-Trainer/TtT)
   Indirect Delivery

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IAFF Affiliates

Department of Transportation (DOT)

The Department of Homeland Security - Grants and Training (DHS-G&T)

IAFF affiliates that received training in the last month, receive recruit training regularly, or have adopted our programs:

  • Fairfax County, VA

  • Houston, TX

  • Miami Dade, FL

  • New York, NY

  • Phoenix, AZ

  • Tucson, AZ

  • Rockville, MD (Montgomery County)

U.S. The Department of Labor



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