Our Continuing Challenge HazMat Workshop has been cancelled

Fellow Responders,

   The Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Committee regrets to announce that we are cancelling the 2020 HazMat Workshop in September. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in new Federal, State and Municipal constraints on travel and training budgets making a successful Workshop impossible.

Though we will be unable to “get the family together” this September, we are currently investigating the possibility of providing you training in a virtual format in the coming months as the shelter in place orders and slashed budgets continue. We will keep you updated via our Newsletter, this Website and Email as to what that might look like.

If you have registered and paid already, you will receive a refund. If you have already made a reservation for a sleeping room at the Double Tree or some other hotel, you will need to call and cancel. The hotel will not do that automatically.

The Workshop will be back in September of 2021. We look forward to seeing you then, and hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy as you serve the public.

Thank you,

The Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Committee

Let the countdown begin to 2021

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

Please click this link to download our 2020 Save the Date Flyer

Workshop Dates: September 7 – 10, 2021

Exhibitor Dates: September 8 – 9, 2021 

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.

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.