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Hazardous Materials

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.

Pipeline Emergencies 1 Day Train-the-Trainer Program -- May 14, 2015 or May 16, 2015
The New Hampshire Association of Fire Chief's is sponsoring a 1-day Train-the-Trainer Program in collaboration with the NH State Fire Marshal's Office & the NH Fire Academy. The goal of the training program is to bring pipeline industry and first reponder instructors and training officers together to improve planning and training in pipeline emergencies.

Presented by Philip Oakes from the National Association of State Fire Marshal's. Topics will include:

  • Gases & Liquids carried thru pipelines
  • Current pipelines located in NH
  • Recent national incidents
  • Virtual pipelines

Registration Applications:

Additional Questions? Contact Meaghan D'Agostino at the State Fire Marshal's Office (603) 223-4289 opt #2


Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Grant (HMEP)

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005 authorizes the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide assistance to local, state, and tribal governments through training and planning grants for emergency response. The purpose of this grant program is to increase effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials accidents and incidents, enhance implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations.

An informational seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the NHFA from 9:00am-11:00am for the HMEP Grant process.

The FY 2015-16 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant application period is now open. Applications will be accepted until 4:00pm, March 20, 2015.

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When filling out the HMEP grant application, please refer to the Expenditures Guide Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolprovided by the PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) Hazmat Grants Program.


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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:

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

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Hazardous Materials Outreach Program

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Hazardous Materials Links

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