17th Annual HAZMAT Challenge
The Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Challenge is an annual training event held at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Hosted by the Emergency Operations Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory
Emergency responders taking part in exercises during last year's Challenge.
For the past 17 years HAZMAT teams, old and new, have joined the challenge for a chance to network with one another, practice technical skills, and learn new HAZMAT techniques under realistic conditions in a safe environment. The HAZMAT Challenge is an event where you can have fun and forget you are learning at the same time.
Old cars, trucks, tankers, and rail cars are used in some of the props to mimic real-life hazardous material situations. Past Challenge scenarios have included drug laboratory or chemical hazard identification, a complex valve tree, confined space rescue, compressed gas leaks, a leaking rail car dome, pressurized drum opening, a stinger operation, and a damming/diking exercise from an overturned tanker. The final event of the training is the ever-fun and popular obstacle course.