Three first responders in hazmat suits

Hazardous Materials

First training session of the HazMat Commission


Roman Sykora, Austria

Daniel Haggarty, United Kingdom

Member countries:
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States

Starting year:

Main activities / purpose of commission:
Exchanging lessons learned in the member countries

Cooperation with other commissions and agencies (CTIF, FEU, UN, EU,…)

Evaluation of Hazmat education and courses for firefighters in the different countries.

LNG - Liquified natural gas: tactics and experiences

Interactive database for dangerous goods.

Work on the adoption of common approaches to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents for First Responders.

Knowledge exchange of CBRNE and Toxic Industrial Material/Chemical tactics

Strengthen awareness in the area of safety and security for first responders

Enlarge the number of participating CTIF member countries

And many more

Way of work:
The Hazmat Commission consists of working groups assigned to specific projects or new challenges.

Way of communication:
We meet twice a year, with our member countries serving as hosts on a rotating basis. The Hazmat Commission is also using various types of media to interact with the working groups between our meetings.

Products of commission:
The Hazmat Commission outputs in various ways. Lessons learned from the member countries are disseminated at a national level. Articles are produced on different topics and there is active participation in other Commissions and international groups to help our worldwide firefighter family provide a safer and more secure way of life.


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