Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Roundtable
On May 9–10, 2023, the 2023 HazMat Roundtable was hosted by the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the event was attended by HazMat technical specialists and practitioners from over 20 organizations including its host, sponsors, and other organizations. Organizations in attendance included the EPA, CHEMTREC, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the National Association of SARA Title III Officers (NASTTPO), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to name a few.
The goal of the Roundtable was to discuss challenges in HazMat preparedness, offer recommendations and solutions to these challenges, and review the accomplishments and best practices that the Roundtable members and their organizations have been doing in the HazMat arena since the 2021–2022 Roundtable meetings.
The objectives of the Roundtable included:
- Prioritizing HazMat preparedness issues that have been previously identified and discussed at prior Roundtable sessions,
- Determining ways and processes to leverage the work that is currently being done, and
- Discussing new HazMat preparedness issues and challenges, as well as emerging trends and technologies that can be used to help address these challenges.
This report describes the Roundtable discussions, provides high-level summaries of the Roundtable member presentations and updates, and details the HazMat Roundtable’s feedback, recommendations, and suggested plans of action.