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Bureau of Special Operations
Hazardous Materials Section

The Hazardous Materials Section provides technical assistance and guidance to the Regional Hazardous Materials Teams and communities through out the state with regards to hazardous material incidents, in accordance with NH RSA 154:7(k). The Hazardous Materials Section also assists in development of Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for the cities and towns of New Hampshire. Hazardous Material transportation, manufacturing, usage, storage, disposal questions as well as questions with regards to effects to the emergency services personnel or the community on a whole are also answered. The Hazardous Materials Section assists Fire Inspectors with regards to the hazardous materials issues in those buildings being inspected and provides technical assistance to Fire Investigators in those fire related incidents where hazardous materials are or may have been involved in accordance with NH State Fire Code, Part Saf-C 6002.

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Clandestine Laboratories

Clandestine laboratories are on the rise around the country and New Hampshire is no exception. These labs whether Chemical,Drug, Explosive or Incendiary pose a serious problem to Emergency Services personnel, i.e. Police, Fire and EMS and the communities in general. These laboratories require the responders dealing with them to have specialized training.

The NH Fire Marshal's Office has developed a Clandestine Labs Awareness Program for Police, Fire, EMS and other associated providers. This program teaches the types and dangers of Explosive, Chemical, Biological, Incendiary and Drug labs. This is a 4hr limited audience program. (ie. Non-Public) Contact Les Cartier @ 603-223-4289 with questions and to setup program delivery.

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Chemicals of Interest

As new technologies are developed we find a number of new and existing chemicals being brought to the forefront, which create some new challenges to first responders. The Chemicals of Interest section will take some of these chemicals and review basic properties, uses and emergency actions to be taken as well as other Web sites to pursue more in depth discussions about the chemicals. If you have a specific chemical you would like to see included in this section send an e-mail to


If your agency or facility manufactures, uses or stores hazardous materials you may need to report those chemicals that meet or exceed the threshold quantities listed on the EPA's website. Please remember the reporting of those chemicals has to be made by March 1st of the following year. A copy of the report must also be sent to your local fire department and the State of NH. at: All the information on the hazardous materials and electronic reporting programs are available at:

Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Grant (HMEP)

Each year NH applies for the HMEP grant to enhance the hazardous materials training and planning throughout the state. If your department is interested in applying for this grant please contact your Regional Hazardous Materials Team or NHFMO. The application for the grant is open from September 1st to June 1st for the following years funding. Please be advised this is a 20% matching grant.

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Hazardous Materials Links

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