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Your Environment. Your Health.

International Association of Fire Fighters

Principal Investigator / Institution

Elizabeth Del Re
Tel 202-824-1534
Fax 202-793-4570
International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Program Description

International Association of Fire Fighters logo

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) was founded in 1918 and represents more than 300,000 professional firefighters and emergency medical personnel across the United States and Canada. The IAFF has over 3,200 state and local affiliates who protect more than 85% of the nation’s population. By virtue of the nature of the IAFF as an association, the IAFF has direct access to these affiliates and, in turn, these affiliates rely on the IAFF for a variety of resources and training.

The IAFF HazMat Training Department continues its worker health and safety training program to conduct hazardous materials training to career and volunteer firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, fire brigades, and law enforcement. Mutual aid response personnel such as private emergency medical service personnel, public works and health care providers, and trade/skilled utility workers (chemical, steel, radiological, etc.) will also be invited to participate in training.

Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) and HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP)

IAFF training transmits skills and knowledge to various types of workers in how best to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials during routine daily work, as well as during potential disaster response, which may include chemical and radiation emergency response. Under the HWWTP and the HDPTP, the IAFF implements its worker health and safety training program to train hazardous materials workers and chemical responders, including potential disaster response workers, with relevant information, program-solving skills, and the confidence needed to use these tools.

The IAFF offers and delivers various customizable training programs – including Hazardous Materials Technician, Confined Space Rescue, and Frontline Safety, among other specialty courses – to increase the capabilities of workers likely to be exposed to or respond to hazardous substances or emergencies. The delivery of training by peers introduces site-specific and advanced skills to the target populations using new training methodologies and innovative techniques.

NIEHS/U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Worker Training Program

Under the DOE program, the IAFF identifies and targets workers and first responders with a likelihood of responding to assist in emergencies at DOE facilities within a 150-mile radius, resulting in appropriately-trained responders who may be dispatched to a specific DOE facility via site mutual aid agreements. The training enhances the capabilities of workers on or around DOE sites, using curricula that are enhanced by new training methodologies that are site-specific and trade-specific. The training programs incorporate information on potential hazards; describe appropriate actions, including the use of personal protective and other rescue equipment; and stress the importance of preplanning. Courses use a risk-based personal scene safety and health approach to incidents of terrorism involving chemical and biological agents; nuclear, radioactive, and explosive devices; and their impact on first responders.

Project Duration

  • August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2020 (HWWTP, HDPTP)
  • September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2020 (DOE)

Grant Numbers

  • U45 ES006167-24 (HWWTP, HDPTP)
  • UH4 ES009759-24 (DOE)

Other Participating Organizations

  • None
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