Event Details

The Hazardous Materials Instructors and Commanders (HMIC) Conference will provide HazMat leaders and trainers with professional development, information sharing, and networking opportunities to strengthen their HazMat response program.

Not Your Average HazMat Conference

HMIC will include three tracts for attendees including:

  • HazMat/CBRN Command and Program Management
  • HazMat/CBRN Instructor Development
  • Emerging Hazards and Technology


  • Christina Baxter (Partner at Hazard3, LLC)

    Christina Baxter

    Partner at Hazard3, LLC

    Christina Baxter is the CEO of Emergency Response TIPS and a partner in Hazard3 which provide practical, evidence-based solutions for emergency response through the development of next generation tools for enhanced responder safety and education in the areas of CBRNE, hazardous materials, and clandestine laboratory response.

    Prior to forming Emergency Response TIPS, LLC, Dr. Baxter was the CBRNE Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Defense (CTTSO) where she was responsible for developing and fielding next generation capabilities for the CBRNE response elements.

    Dr. Baxter holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over 25 years of experience in the hazardous materials/CBRN response community.

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  • Todd Burton (HazMat Specialist at San Diego County, CA HazMat)

    Todd Burton

    HazMat Specialist at San Diego County, CA HazMat

  • John Cassidy (Lieutenant at FDNY)

    John Cassidy

    Lieutenant at FDNY

    John is a Lieutenant with FDNY assigned to HazMat Company 1, a citywide HazMat specialist unit.

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  • Gary Sharp (Partner at Hazard3)

    Gary Sharp

    Partner at Hazard3


    Gary Sharp is the co-founder of Hazard3, a small business specializing in developing and delivering risk-based response training programs. Hazard3 training combines scientifically sound, street smart tactics, with easy to follow response guides. Gary develops training solutions that include on-site courses with hands-on, virtual instructor led training (VILT), and microlearning. Microlearning is based on 5-minutes modules that students complete using an app on their smartphone or tablet. More information is available at www.hazard3.com

    Previously Gary served as the Senior Director of Training and First Responders Solutions for a defense and homeland security contractor and as a career Deputy Fire Chief. He currently volunteers as the Program Manager for the Oakland County HazMat Team, a multi-agency joint police/fire team located North of Detroit, Michigan. Gary is a member of the NFPA Hazardous Materials Technical Committee and is addicted to Starbucks.

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Command and Program Management Tract

Designed to provide HazMat officers with management level briefings on topics to enhance their HazMat/CBRN teams operations or capabilities. 

  • Alternative Funding Options for HazMat Teams
  • Shiny New Things 
  • FDNY's HazMat Response to Lithium-Ion Battery Incidents
  • Control Zones 
  • Building a Culture of Collaboration Among Special Ops Teams
  • Free Resources Available to HazMat Teams

Instructor Development Tract 

Designed to provide HazMat/CBRN trainers with tools, tips, and train-the-trainer sessions to enhance their teams training program.

  • It's Theoretical. Applying Learning Theory in the Classroom and Training Ground
  • Experiments for Teaching Chemical and Physical Properties 
  • Drug Recognition and Field Identification for HazMat 
  • Technology Tools and Tips for Instructors 
  • Hybrid Decon 

Emerging Hazards and Threats Tract 

Updates on the latest technology and new hazards HazMat/CBRN officers and instructors should be planning for. 

  • Toxins of Concern 
  • Laser Methane Technology for HazMat 
  • Overpacking Damaged Lithium-Ion Batteries 
  • ERDSS Updates 
  • Butane Hash Oil (BHO) Labs

CHEMTREC Leadership Breakfast

Awards Presentation 

  • HazMat Officer of the Year Award and Scholarship 
  • HazMat Instructor of the Year Award and Scholarship 

CHEMTREC and TRANSCAER Update and Feedback 

HazMat/CBRN Incident Case Studies 


Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Double Tree Hotel

801 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you have any questions please contact Gary Sharp

Contact Organizer

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Press REGISTER button in the left column to begin the registration process.  The conference is limited to 150 attendees who are in a management or training role with a HazMat/CBRN response team.  Register now, the conference will sell out! 

HMIC Conference Attendee

Registration to attend the 3-day HMIC conference including access to all workshops, networking sessions, lunches, and CHEMTREC leadership breakfast.

Standard Price $425
HMIC Vendor Registration

Vendor attendee pre-approved by Safeware. Does not include workshop attendance or CHEMTREC leadership breakfast.

Standard Price Complimentary


Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Bahia-Mar Hotel 

Discounted room rates are available, but you MUST book your hotel separately using the below link. Conference registration does not include lodging. 

Check-in: Sunday Nov, 13th 

Check-out: Thursday Nov, 17th 

If you wish to arrive earlier or stay later, the conference rate is available from Nov 10-19, 2022. NOTE: Please ensure your hotel check-in and departure dates are correct. The Hilton website will auto-populate as 11/10 - 11/19.




Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) 

10 minutes by car from FLL to the conference hotel 


Miami International Airport (MIA) 

45 minutes by car from MIA to conference hotel 


Networking Sessions

Access to a robust peer network is a tremendous resource for HazMat officers and instructors.  The Hazardous Materials Instructors and Commanders conference will include two professional networking sessions to facilitate attendees meeting new colleagues and promote information sharing among attendees, instructors, and vendors. 

Sponsored by Safeware Inc and First Line Technologies.