Florida Hazmat Symposium

Daytona Beach, FL

Our trainer, Brandon Gayle, will be presenting a course on Risk Assessment using FTIR Gas Identification at the Florida Hazardous Materials Symposium on January 19th at 1:00pm. This course features the following:

  • Current recon air monitoring technologies used in hazmat response
  • Limitations of current air monitoring technologies
  • Intro to new technology available for gas and vapor identification
  • Demonstrate the functionality of the XplorIR
  • Proper use of correlation factors in risk assessment

MABAS Illinois Training Summit

Marriott Hotel, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

Command Conference is from Monday, February 20 – Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Noble TR/EX 2023

National Harbor, MD

This event exhibits technologically innovative solutions, focused training, live product demonstrations, and engaging presentations. Visit over 150 exhibitors and receive hands-on demos of the latest products and technology.

Michigan Hazmat Conference

Thompsonville, MI

MI-MABAS is partnering with Michigan State Police to validate Michigan Fire Service Hazmat and Technical Rescue Teams at Crystal Mountain resort.

Midwest HazMat Conference

IAFC Hazmat Conference

Baltimore, MD

Real-Time FTIR Gas Identification: A Capability Every Response Team Should Possess

Thursday, June 8, 2023, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Presented by Brandon Gayle, Trainer for RedWave Technology


Is your recon team fully equipped to assess all hazards? According to best practices and NFPA Standards, the initial entry into potential hazardous materials, illicit drugs, or terrorism events requires the use of air monitoring instrumentation to protect those entering the hot zone and to gather vital information about the contaminates present to begin the risk assessment process and determine if the correct PPE has been selected. The problem is the traditional instrumentation that we send our responders down range with only indicates when there is “something” present other than normal air. While that may indicate a possible hazard is present, there is no way to know for sure until a positive identification is made by locating a source or collecting a sample for later analysis.

All chemicals pose a hazard at different concentrations, some at lower concentrations than others, and just because a sensor is indicating the presence of a gas or vapor, there is no way for the responder to know what the actual concentration of that gas or vapor is until it is identified, and the proper correlation factor is calculated. This reveals a known gap in our technology that has gone largely unfilled until this past year. Realtime gas/vapor identification has never been available before, and until now, we have adapted our response to these “unknown readings” based on working around the lack of technology by using AHJ-determined action levels for each sensor deployed. This session will address the current gap in our technology, the safety issues that can arise due to this gap, and introduce a gap-stop technology that was brought to our market this past year. FTIR gas identification is going to revolutionize the way we approach incidents and provide a more rapid risk assessment for incident commanders, therefore increasing responder safety, especially during initial entry into an unknown environment.


Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will identify the weaknesses of current air monitoring technologies including sensor cross-sensitivities, T90 response times, relative response factors, corrosive vapors, and undetectable gases.
  • The participant will identify situations when action levels for each sensor may be insufficient to protect a responder based on technologies currently used for initial entry into a hot zone.
  • The participant will demonstrate how to use an FTIR Gas/Vapor instrument to identify an unknown atmosphere and make risk assessment decisions based on quantitative calculations with provided relative response factors.

Pennsylvania Hazmat Conference

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, PA

To provide professional representation and a coordinated voice for the communities and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and to promote training and quality service to the HazMat Technicians in order to minimize loss of life, property, and the environment.

Continuing Challenge

Sacramento, CA

The annual Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Workshop began in 1990 for the purpose of providing training, networking, and hands-on learning opportunities for all employees in hazardous materials emergency response-related fields of employment. Each year in September, they bring together prominent and skilled presenters who volunteer to provide their students with the most recent information available to enhance or grow skills critical to ensure a safe and effective response. Featured are exciting classroom courses, hands-on sessions, and contests to test new skills.

Virginia Hazmat Conference

Newport News, VA

The Virginia Association of Hazardous Materials Response Specialists is the coordinated voice for hazardous materials response team members throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Association members exchange information on a state-wide basis, interface with national organizations, and develop a common inventory list of resources and promote resource sharing in the Commonwealth.

It is the goal of the Association to promote standardization of techniques, equipment training, and teams, and to unite, for mutual benefit, those persons engaged in hazardous materials response and provide support to hazardous materials response teams.

Massachusetts Hazmat Conference

Plymouth, MA

The 31st annual MAHMT Conference will occur in September 2023. The Massachusetts Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians, along with our partners at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency are looking forward to providing a world-class training opportunity