Hazardous Materials Commission

Roman Sykora, Austria
Daniel Haggarty, United Kingdom
Member countries: 

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States

Starting year: 
Main activities / purpose of commission: 
  • Exchanging lessons learned in the member countries

  • Cooperation with other commissions and agencies (CTIF, FEU, UN, EU,…)

  • Evaluation of Hazmat education and courses for firefighters in the different countries.

  • LNG - Liquified natural gas: tactics and experiences

  • Interactive database for dangerous goods.

  • Work on the adoption of common approaches to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents for First Responders.

  • Knowledge exchange of CBRNE and Toxic Industrial Material/Chemical tactics

  • Strengthen awareness in the area of safety and security for first responders

  • Enlarge the number of participating CTIF member countries

  • And many more

Way of work: 

The Hazmat Commission consists of working groups assigned to specific projects or new challenges.

Way of communication: 

We meet twice a year, with our member countries serving as hosts on a rotating basis. The Hazmat Commission is also using various types of media to interact with the working groups between our meetings.

Products of commission: 

The Hazmat Commission outputs in various ways. Lessons learned from the member countries are disseminated at a national level. Articles are produced on different topics and there is active participation in other Commissions and international groups to help our worldwide firefighter family provide a safer and more secure way of life.