2021 Hotzone Conference


The Hotzone Steering Committee met via Zoom on Friday, July 30, 2021 to discuss our options for the 2021 Hotzone Conference in light of the aggressive Delta Variant of the COVID 19 virus.  COVID 19 reproduction rates and hospitalizations are going up in Texas and other states due to the emergence of the Delta Variant.  It has exhibited the ability to affect both the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Most of us come from the emergency response arena.  Life safety is and has always been our highest priority.  While the training offered at the Hotzone Conference is top-notch, cutting edge information that can and will enhance the safety of both responders and those they respond to,  our unanimous decision was to cancel the Hotzone Conference for 2021.  We cannot and will not place attendees, vendors, speakers, hotel staff or others in a situation that may bring great harm.

Hopefully, if we all do our part in reducing the spread of this disease thing will return to normal, if there ever will be one.

Until then, stay safe!

Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, committee and staff for helping to make the Hotzone Conference a huge success.  A special thanks goes out to all of the home and sponsoring agencies who have made the scholarship program available to our response community.  Without your support and dedication hundreds of responder’s would not be able to attend.  We will begin the planning phase for the 2020 Hotzone Conference in the days to come. Make your hotel reservations early to ensure a room.  A limited number of Scholarships are available to help you attend.  Just click on the Scholarship Application link to see the details.

While the HOTZONE is held in Region VI, it is open for anyone to attend.

The “Zone“: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas (Federal Region 6)

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Goal: Train and equip local, state and federal responders for safe, coordinated and efficient response to releases of hazardous materials which threaten public health and the environment.

Target Audience: Local fire, police, emergency management personnel, emergency medical services, health care providers, and state and federal response personnel who participate directly in the incident command system or in its immediate support at the scene of a hazmat response or terrorist event in Federal Region 6.

The HOTZONE Committee is composed of representatives from the local, state, and federal levels of the HAZMAT response community serving Federal Region 6. It is the vision of the HOTZONE Committee to establish an annual training conference in order to continuously improve HAZMAT technical training and promote professional relationships within Region 6 as well as meet the unique needs of this region. To meet the unique needs of this region, this conference focuses on bringing together municipal and industrial fire fighters with HAZMAT responsibilities but also seeks to educate and equip other local, State, and Federal agency personnel who play an integral role in unified command at the scene.

This conference is about you, the responder.