Please go to our “About Us” tab and click on photo contest. This contest is intended to be a fun and stimulating event with a light touch of competition. This competition is designed for non-professional photographers in order to allow the broadest possible participation by attendees to the workshop. All rules are posted under the Photo Contest tab.

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

Continuing Challenge Awards Program

Each year, The Continuing Challenge Workshop honors excellence in the field of hazardous materials response with the annual awards program. We have a total of five awards that may be granted on an annual basis with a maximum of one award per category. This year’s deadline for the receipt of nominations is May 1.

Full details may be found in the Awards section under the Workshop tab.

The William J. Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award:
This award is presented to the individual or organization who has dedicated a “lifetime” of commitment and sacrifice in creating and/or promoting innovations and achievements in hazardous materials response, management and/or leadership.

The James H. Meidl Instructor of the Year Award:
This award is presented to the individual who has played a key role in creating and/or promoting innovations and achievements in hazardous materials training and education.

The Continuing Challenge Medal of Valor:
This award is presented to the individual(s) who has displayed service, courage, sacrifice and/or heroism “above and beyond the call of duty.” The award is open to any responder, public or private, volunteer or paid, on or off-duty that demonstrated valor while participating in a hazardous materials event.

The Robert P. Turkington Innovation and Technology Award:
This award is presented to the individual, group, organization or
other association who developed, or was instrumental in the development and/or creation of a new technology or innovation for the hazardous materials community.

The Leo K. Najarian Responder of the Year Award:
This award is presented to the individual, agency or organization who most exemplifies the spirit, ideals, essence and practice of hazardous materials response and management.

33rd Annual Continuing Challenge HazMat Workshop information

Save the Date: September 6-9, 2022

Please join us at the 33nd Annual Continuing Challenge HazMat Workshop September 6-9, 2022 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sacramento.

Instructor submission deadline – February 10, 2022

Grant application deadline – April 15, 2022

Award nomination deadline – May 1, 2022

Early bird exhibitor registration ends June 30, 2022

Student Registration opens June, 1, 2022

For more information regarding the upcoming workshop, please go to our home page for a link to our pdf Save the Date Flyer that you can download, save, and forward to other interested potential participants.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in September!

The Continuing Challenge HazMat Committee