2021 Hotzone Conference

COVID 19 Update

First of all, I hope everyone is well and staying safe out there.  Please continue to practice good social distancing and hand washing.  Things are beginning to look better as we work our way through this Covid 19 Pandemic.  Governor Greg Abbott has begun the long process of returning to “Normal”, is we can call it that.  The Hotzone Steering Committee met in April via Zoom to discuss our options concerning the 2021 Hotzone Conference.  All of us agreed that it was too soon to make a definitive decision as to whether we will be allowed, under current local restrictions, to put on the conference.  There are just too many uncertainties at this time.  We also agreed that if we wait any longer for those restrictions to be lifted, when and if they are, it would be too far along in the year to spin up and organize a conference for this October.

That being said, it was our decision to proceed as if we would be allowed to have the 2021 Hotzone Conference.  We will have more information in late July to make a definite decision.  PLEASE KEEP IN MIND… The Hotzone 2021 Conference will be held only if it is safe to do so AND current local government restrictions are lifted.  As for now, we will proceed as if it will take place.  We will post a definite decision by August 1st, 2021.

Please check back often for more updates.

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.