We are now planning for a 2021 Virtual Workshop

Our 2021 in person Workshop has been cancelled


Planning is now underway for the 32nd Annual Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Virtual Workshop:

Fellow Responders,

The Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Committee is excited to let you know that planning for the 32nd Annual Workshop, which will be a virtual workshop, is underway. This workshop will be held from about June 1, 2021 through September 10, 2021 with some classes being available in our video library after September 10th. While we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 related developments by watching infection trends, evaluating Local, State and Federal budget constraints, and following news of vaccine progress, we are optimistic that conditions will be favorable to provide a successful Workshop in 2022. The Committee is focused on bringing you lessons learned from response during the pandemic and has reached out to instructors, future instructors, and exhibitors to incorporate COVID-19 related topics where applicable. Watch for further information and updates via our Newsletter, the Website and Email in the coming months.

Thank you again for standing on the frontline as you serve the public. We hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy.

Thank you,

The Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Committee

Ellen Dempsey took this picture and was awarded 1st place in the Continuing Challenge HazMat Photo Contest for 2020.

Stinger operation performed by Contra Costa Health Services, Hazardous Materials Programs in response to an 9,000 gallon overturned gasoline tanker during a mutual aid for the Marin County JPA HazMat team.


Welcome to our 32nd Annual HazMat Workshop

Plans are underway for the 32nd Annual Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Workshop.

This will be a Virtual Workshop for 2021.

Please click this link to download our Newsletter coming soon

Workshop Dates: From around the 1st of August, 2021 to the end of the year.

The Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Committee

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide safe response training for all emergency responders to hazardous materials incidents affecting public health and the environment.

If you need to contact us you may do so at the following.

Mailing Address:

The Continuing Challenge
11097 Grenache Way
Elk Grove, CA 95624-9691

Physical Address:

The Continuing Challenge
c/o Sacramento Fire Department
5770 Freeport Blvd. Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95822, USA

Phone: 916-433-1688 between 8:00am
and 5:00pm Pacific time Monday
through Friday.

Our Purpose

The annual Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Workshop began in 1990 for the purpose of providing training, networking, and hands-on learning opportunities for all employees in hazardous materials emergency response-related fields of employment. Each year the first week of September, we bring together prominent and skilled presenters who volunteer to provide our students with the most recent information available to enhance or grow skills critical to ensure a safe and effective response. Featured are exciting classroom courses, hands-on sessions, and contests to test new skills.

What We Do

Advancements in hazardous material emergency response are dynamic and attendance at this popular annual workshop is critical to promote the health and safety of responders, the public, and the environment. The workshop is designed to provide the student with the latest information while maintaining the basics for individuals that are new to the HazMat field. The Continuing Challenge features courses that are designed to encourage interaction among all participants and includes topics that complement one another. Participants are provided an opportunity to work with the experts in a forum that relates problems and experiences; where achieving solutions to challenges in individual communities throughout the United States is possible.