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

What We Do

Each year, the first week of September, prominent and skilled instructors volunteer to provide students with the most recent information available to enhance or grow skills critical to ensure safe and effective response to hazardous materials incidents. Over 100 classroom sessions, hands-on courses, and contests to test new skills are featured. Advancements in hazardous material emergency response are dynamic and attendance at this popular annual workshop is critical in promoting 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 students new to the HazMat industry.

2018 Demographics

  • Total number of Students 587
  • Total Unique Attendees 839 (This includes students, instructors, and exhibitors)
  • 79% of students from California
  • 10% from other Western US States (OR, WA, AZ, HI, NV)
  • 9% from remaining US States
  • 2% International

Typical Departments Represented (not all inclusive)

  • City and County, Fire Departments
  • County HazMat Teams and OES
  • Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • CalTrans
  • Port Agencies
  • US Military – Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy
  • US Environmental Protection Agency

By Field of Employment

  • Command/Management 2%
  • EMS/Medical/Public Health 2%
  • Environmental Health 8%
  • Fire 56%
  • HazMat 18%
  • Law Enforcement 2%
  • Military 4%
  • Other 8%