Skip Navigation
National Institute of Environmental Health SciencesNational Institutes of Health
Increase text size Decrease text size Print this page

International Association of Fire Fighters

WETP Cooperative Agreement Awardee:

Principal Investigator/Institution

David Neun

Tel (202) 737-8484
Fax (202) 637-0839


1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
( Exit NIEHS Website

Program Contact

Elizabeth Harman

Tel (202) 737-8484
Fax (202) 737-8484


1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Target Training Populations

iaff logo HWWTP and HDPTP: The IAFF HazMat Training Department will target first responders focusing on career and volunteer fire fighter, emergency response personnel, emergency medical service personnel, law enforcement, and fire brigades.

DOE: Within a one hundred and fifty mile radius of the 11 DOE sites outlined by NIEHS, the IAFF HazMat Training Department will conduct HazMat training to career and volunteer fire fighters, emergency medical service personnel, fire brigades, and law enforcement.

Program Description

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is the nationwide employee representative for professional fire fighters and paramedics in the U.S., representing over 280,000 career fire fighters. Through our system of local unions, we maintain training partnership arrangements with hundreds of fire departments. In our training classes we reach every professional position including, but not limited to, fire fighters, apparatus technicians, company officers, battalion commanders, and senior management. We also teach emergency technicians, paramedics, and technical rescue personnel. All of these personnel must be trained to the operations level or higher as described in OSHA 1910.120, EPA, CFR 311, and NFPA 472.

Specifically, under the HWWTP and HDPTP Grants, the IAFF will address serious emergency responder needs arising out of the events and aftermath of September 11. A major outcome of the attacks was the creation of the Department of Homeland Security which has promulgated new requirements, one of which is the National Incident Management System (NIMS). In order to operate effectively in this new environment, emergency responders require incident command and safety management training not only for large scale incidents, but also for routine day-to-day responses, especially at the Technician level.

The IAFF will implement a proven training plan that strongly and forcefully emphasizes occupational safety and health, and OSHA-defined responder training as a cornerstone of profession and effective emergency response.

Concerning training within one-hundred and fifty miles of the 11 DOE site recognized by NIEHS, the IAFF recognizes responding to incidents related to DOE complexes presents health and safety challenges involving radioactive and other hazardous materials. Many responders suffer serious health effects from toxic exposure associated with fire fighting and EMS response. To combat these challenges, the IAFF has developed a flexible training program that emphasizes occupational safety and health and OSHA-defined responder training as a key to effective emergency response.

Each of the three programs listed above, HWWT, HDPT, and DOE, relies heavily on 1) a combination of direct delivery and the efficient Train-the-Trainer approach; 2) a combination of the Internet, Advanced Training Technologies (ATT) and regional programs; and 3) providing the attendees with the knowledge and the tools necessary to operate safely and effectively.

Project Duration

  • September 1, 2005 - July 31, 2010 (HWWTP, HDPTP)
  • September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2010 (DOE)

Grant Number

  • U45ES06167 (HWWTP, HDPTP)
  • U45ES09759 (DOE)

Other Participating Organizations

  • None Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health
This page URL:
NIEHS website:
Email the Web Manager at
Last Reviewed: May 07, 2007