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Special Notice to 2018 Hazmat Conference Attendees


The Haz-Mat Conference Planning Committee has diligently worked over the last twelve months to present you with the best conference we’ve produced yet – a tribute to our 35th year! Unfortunately, we have a weather disturbance referred to as ‘Florence’ who doesn’t share our enthusiasm. The Committee has been monitoring the weather conditions over the last week and came into this conference with the attitude of ‘full steam ahead’ as we are in the business of managing emergencies. Our philosophy has been that we would manage this event as well.

However, the Commonwealth of Virginia has ordered a voluntary evacuation of this area effective tomorrow, September 11, 2018 at 7:00 am. We do not feel we would be sending the proper message by ignoring that order and continuing forward. We recognize that we have attendees and vendors who would be traveling or have an obligation at home. We do not want to jeopardize the safety of those people and respect they have communities to serve that may be significantly impacted by this storm

Therefore, as of end-of-business today, the 2018 Virginia Haz-Mat Conference has been cancelled. We regret this decision but believe it to be in the best interest of everyone involved. Thank you for your understanding of our position.

Paul W. Mauger, Conference Chairman

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.

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Nominations for the 2019 VAHMRS Board of Directors are currently being taken. If you would like to nominate someone, contact Richard Parker at richard.parker.vdem@gmail.com or (804) 432-6902.

The regular fall VAHMRS business meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 5:15pm.

Attendee and exhibitor registration is now live for our annual hazmat conference. Links to registration and hotel accomodations can be found on the conference page in the menu above.