2020 Keynote Speaker: 


Armando S. “Toby” Bevelacqua is a 37 plus year veteran of the fire service and the recipient of the 2010 “In the Zone Award” and the “Level A Award” for leadership, service and support in education of the hazardous materials first response community and the recipient of the 2017 Deter Heinz, HazMat Instructor of the Year Award. Recently retired from City of Orlando Fire Department, Orlando Florida where he served as Chief of Special Operations, Homeland Security and Medical Command. Armando also teaches at local colleges, instructing Fire and EMS Classes. He writes free-lance, publishing articles and educational textbooks. He is published with topics on report writing for EMS providers, Emergency Medical Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents, Hazardous Materials Field Guide and Terrorism Handbook for Operational Responders and a Chemistry book geared for the first responder. He has presented nationally on several controversial issues in the disciples of Technical Rescue, EMS, Hazardous Materials and Management.


Armando lectures to fire departments throughout North America, Canada and Europe. He is an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy, additionally a WMD/HazMat instructor for the Federal Bureau of Investigations along with an international initiative involving WMD counter proliferation in former Soviet Union States through the Department of Defense as well as with several federal agencies involved with forced protection. Chief Bevelacqua serves on several federal, state and local committees. He holds membership to the Inter-Agency Board (IAB) for Training and Exercise development - IAB discussing issues affecting USAR and HazMat deployment, and training as it relates to terrorism and which have developed the national “Selected Equipment List” (SEL) for first responders. Toby is a technical consultant and member to the NFPA 472, 473, and 475 technical committees along with representation on the ASTM standards development committee for emergency response.


Chief Bevelacqua has assisted in the development of standards and protocols such as with Rocky Mountain Poison Control for the development of standardized Medical Protocol for the WMD event and for the State Department for WMD training of embassy delegates. His latest endeavor is to create educational videos for the first response community. Educating new and seasoned responders to the ever-advancing technologies that are entering the first response arena. 



HazMat Symposium Classes & Competition being held at:

The Plaza Resort & Spa

600 N. Atlantic Ave.

Daytona Beach, FL 32118



The Plaza Resort & Spa

600 N. Atlantic Ave.

Daytona Beach, FL 32118


Training Agenda



HazMat Team Competition




The State of Florida HazMat Competition for a Transportation Emergency is open to any hazardous materials technician. Each team should consist of 3 members with 1 alternate. The competition is open for the first 14 teams to register.






Due to COVID-19, the 9th annual Florida Hazardous Materials Symposium has been cancelled for January 2021. 

We are already planning for JANUARY 2022! 

Partial funding for this event is received from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety

Administration (PHMSA) Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant.

Cancellation/Substitution Policy:

All cancellations will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail to INFO@FLHAZMATSYMPOSIUM.ORG by January 1, 2022. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted.

After January 1, 2022, substitutions will be allowed in the event the registrant is unable to attend, but no refunds will be issued. Telephone and email substitutions will be permitted.

The Florida HazMat Symposium is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards.