2020 Hazardous Materials Training Symposium


The 7th 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:
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

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.