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Hazmat Team Response Fund

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The TRANSCAER® Hazmat Team Response Fund was established in 2020 to assist hazmat responders in acquiring hazmat response equipment and advanced training to protect themselves and their community when responding to hazardous materials transportation incidents.


Funding for the TRANSCAER Hazmat Team Response Fund has been made possible due to the generous support of our Corporate Members. From each corporate membership fee, a portion between $500-$3,000 is directed to the Hazmat Team Response Fund.

The TRANSCAER Hazmat Team Response Fund provides annual awards between $500-$2,500 (based on individual needs) to hazmat teams across the United States who are seeking to purchase specific hazmat equipment or attend advanced training. As funding availability increases, the number of awards provided will increase annually. TRANSCAER will announce the number of available awards each year when the application period opens. 

Application Period

Applications for the TRANSCAER Hazmat Team Response Fund 2024 are now open until May 31, 2024! 


To be eligible to apply for funding through the TRANSCAER Hazmat Team Response Fund, hazmat teams must meet the following criteria:

  • The Hazmat Team within a local or state fire department must be located in the United States and be legally organized under state law.
  • The Hazmat Team must demonstrate their need to receive funding and in the application essay must describe the specific hazmat equipment that would be purchased and/or specific advanced training the hazmat team would attend to increase their response capabilities to hazardous material transportation incidents.
  • Only one application will be accepted per Hazmat Team/Department. Any subsequent applications received from the Hazmat Team/Department during the application period will be disqualified.
  • Past recipients of funding through the TRANSCAER Hazmat Team Response Fund must wait 5 years before reapplying for additional funding.
  • The hazmat teams that receive funding must use the money to increase their hazmat response capabilities and not for any other purpose. The funding cannot be redistributed.
  • The hazmat teams that receive funding agree that their department/hazmat team name, details from their application essay, and all photos taken during the award presentation may be used in media by CHEMTREC, TRANSCAER, and the American Chemistry Council for the purposes of promoting the TRANSCAER Hazmat Team Response Fund program.
  • The hazmat teams who receive funding also agree to a department visit by a TRANSCAER representative for an award presentation within 60 days of notification of being selected as a recipient.

Applications that do not meet the stated criteria will be disqualified from the application process.

Selection Process

After the application period ends, the TRANSCAER Executive Committee will review the applications to assess financial need, anticipated use of funds, community risk and overall eligibility. At minimum, two hazmat teams will be selected to each receive $500 to $2,500 in funding. Selections are based upon the information provided in the application essay and the decisions of the TRANSCAER Executive Committee are final.

The winners will be announced by August 15, 2024 (due to the application period extension). The winning hazmat teams will be contacted directly before a public announcement is made. 

  • No purchase or use of services is necessary to enter or receive funding.
  • Purchases or use of services do not enhance the chance of selection.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • The odds of selection depend upon the number of entries received before the deadline.
  • If the successful applicant(s) is subject to U.S. taxes it will receive a 1099 tax form and the successful applicant(s) is responsible for all applicable taxes.

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Award Recipients


Buckingham County Department of Emergency Services (Buckingham, VA) 

Carters Valley Fire Department (Church Hill, TN) 

Polk County Fire Rescue (Bartow, FL)


City of Marion Fire Department (Marion, SC)

Elgin Fire Department (Elgin, IL)


Champaign Fire Department (Champaign, IL)

Hawkins County Emergency Response Team (Rogersville, TN)

Laredo Metro Fire Department (Laredo, TX)

Devine Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (Devine, TX)