2020 Hazardous Materials Training Symposium


The 8th Annual HazMat Training Symposium was hosted January 21, 22, 23, & 24, 2020 at The Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Symposium featured numerous Hazardous Materials/Transportation related Classroom and Hands-On Trainings. In addition, the Symposium hosted a HazMat Competition to test a variety of hazardous materials skills by first responders.

2015 Trainings/Courses


  • Anhydrous Ammonia Response - Applying Tactics to Scenarios


  • Back Up Team Concepts and Best Practices​


  • Confined Space: HazMat or Technical Rescue? 


  • Cryogenics, The Cold Hard Facts

  • Dealing with CNG and LNG Transport Trailer Emergencies

  • Developing and Implementing the Hazardous Material Group Operational Plan

  • Determined Accord, Pandemic Preparedness Workshop


  • Drones for Hazardous Materials Response and Detection: Don't let Your Drone be a Passive Observer


  • Effectively Leading and Managing HazMat Teams in Today's Complex Emergency Service Environments


  • Everything Carbon Monoxide: From EMS to Fire to HazMat

  • Firefighter Detoxification, Dehydration, and Chemical Illness

  • Flammable Liquid Tank Truck Fire Attack


  • Foam Application for Transportation Emergencies Involving Petroleum and Polar Solvents Like Ethanol


  • “Game On! The Florida HazMat Team Competition Overview and Insights”


  • Hazard Assessment for Multi Hazard Scenarios


  • Hazardous Materials; Managing the Incident


  • HazMat Breakout


  • HazMat/CBRN Performance Standards & Next Generation PPE


  • HazMat Detective, Putting it all Together: Research, Chemistry, and Monitoring

  • HazMat for the One in the Hot Seat


  • HazMat IQ: Above the Line/Below the Line

  • HazMat Rapid Intervention Teams

  • HazMat Roundtable; There is More Than One Way


  • HazMat Safety Officer

  • HazMat Sandtraps

  • HazMat Technician Refresher

  • HazMat Wet Chemistry: Field Identification of the Unknown

  • Incident Command & Emergency Response for Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines

  • Introduction to Proper GC/MS Sampling Techniques

  • It's All About Interpretation...

  • Leadership, Engagement, and Making a Difference


  • Left of BOOM! 

  • LNG Overview for the First Responders


  • Lock Ness, Big Foot, and Dale's Cone of Learning. Myths, Lies, and Legends of Training

  • MC-307 & DOT-407 Cargo Tank Emergency Response (Tank Truck 101)


  • MC-306 & DOT-406 Gasoline Cargo Tank Emergency Response

  • MC-331 Tank Truck Problems and Solutions

  • Mercaptan - The Smell of Danger

  • Mind OVR Matter: Virtual Reality (VR) for HAZMAT Training and Decision-Making 


  • Natural Disasters, Unnatural Hazards


  • Physical & Chemical Properties For Risk Basked Response 


  • Propane Emergency Response


  • Propane IQ - Advanced


  • Push Ups, Sit Ups, and the Importance of Exercising Your Organizational Capabilities

  • Rail Car ID and Leak Control 

  • Recognizing and Responding to Commercial Explosives Incidents (It Doesn't Have to Go "Boom")

  • Research Boot Camp

  • Responding to Ammonia Incidents. A Company Officer's Guide 


  • Responding to Emergencies In the Laboratory


  • Responding to Natural Gas Emergencies


  • Same Circus, Different Clowns

  • Spill Response Strategies & Tactics


  • Tactical Skull Session

  • Tactical TIPS: An Evidence-Based Approach to PPE Selection

  • Tactical TIPS:Challenging the Decontamination Paradigm 

  • Tactical TIPS:Emerging CBRNE Threats & Operational Response Considerations

  • Tactical TIPS: Killing Ourselves Slowly (Resolving Fire Exposure Facts From Fiction)


  • The Bomb in Your Backyard Advanced Techniques For Response to Commercial CNG Vehicle Fires

  • The British Novichok Attack - A Case Study


  • The Devil Is In The Details

  • The New Florida Medical HM Protocols / Now Available Nationwide

  • There Is Something About Mary

  • The Voodoo of Natural Gas Incidents


  • The Wild, Wild World of Illicit Drug Labs: Meth, Bath Salts, Synthetics, and Now Fentanyl! 

  • Thinking Fast; Rapid Hazard Analysis and Field Screening

  • TRANSCAER: Inside the Fenceline: Response To Emergencies at Chemical Facilities

  • Unstable Materials: Oxidizers, Monomers, and Organic Peroxides


  • “Why Buy The Cow If the Milk Is Free” (HazMat Cost Recovery From a Local and State Perspective)



Training/Course Instructors
  • James Bernard

  • Richard Barrett​

  • Christina Baxter, PhD.

  • Toby Bevelacqua


  • David Binder


  • Joseph A. Bonnell, PhD.


  • Billie Boyd

  • Robert Bradley

  • Dana Brown

  • David Bullard

  • Jessica Caballaro-Ashmeade


  • Chris Cahill


  • James Coffin


  • Robert "Bob" Coschigano

  • Jesse Crews

  • Craig Crume

  • Robert Cruthis

  • William Cullen

  • Mike Deegan


  • Frank DeFrancesco

  • David Donohue

  • Tim Dorsey

  • Steve Doyle

  • Henry (Hank) DuPont

  • Robert Eckroade

  • Richard Edinger

  • Matt Elliott

  • Richard Emery

  • Tobias Frost


  • Rich Gatanis

  • Ron Gore

  • Chris Gould

  • CJ Haberkorn

  • Jefferey Hansen

  • Butch Hayes

  • William Hellard

  • Michael Hildebrand

  • Jason Horowitz

  • Ronnie Hutchison

  • Tommy Jambon 

  • Katelynn Kapalo

  • Robert King

  • Michael Laycock

  • Joe Leonard​

  • Monique Lewis

  • Butch Loudermilk

  • Phillip Mann​


  • Steven McCarthy

  • Michael Moore

  • Michelle Murphy

  • Chris Naff

  • Greg Noll

  • Miller Opolka

  • Keith Pomeroy

  • Julio Leonidas Ramos

  • Brian Ramsey

  • Derek Schaumann


  • John "JW" Scott III

  • Paul Seiferth

  • Mark Sicuso

  • Keith Silverman, PhD., MPH

  • Todd Smith

  • Greg Socks

  • William "Billy" Stark

  • Richard "Rick" Stilp


  • Kenneth Treffinger

  • Albert Valerioti 

  • Mark Vedder

  • James Villarreal

  • Michael Wallace

  • Emmanuel Washington, Jr.


  • Jason Waterfield

  • Carl Weeks

  • Roger Windham

  • Darrell Wiseman

  • David Wolfe

  • Doug Wolfe


  • John Wright III

  • Nick Zamiska

  • Bill Zielonka

The 2020 competition was comprised of eight scored and/or timed stations and two unscored support stations.
Competition results can be found below:
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Team Awards
•    First Place – Orange County Fire Rescue
•    Second Place – Orlando Fire Department
•    Third Place – St. Johns County Fire Rescue



*14 teams participated in the Hazmat Team Competition.

Individual Best Awards

Best Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe – Luke Nakamoto– St. Johns County HazMat Team

Hazard Analysis – Michael Corte– Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue