Apply Now for $10,000 CHEMTREC® HELP Award to Support Hazmat Incident Preparedness

CHEMTREC® and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are teaming up for the fourth year to provide volunteer fire departments with the CHEMTREC® HELP (Hazmat Emergencies Local Preparedness) Award to enhance their hazardous materials response capabilities and improve responder safety.

The 2022 application period is now open until September 1. Two U.S. volunteer fire departments will each receive $10,000 through the HELP Award this year. Departments must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

  • Be composed of more than 50% volunteers
  • Serve a population of 25,000 or less
  • Department’s annual revenue must not exceed $250,000
  • Be located in the United States and legally organized under state law. Tribal entities servicing a tribe recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that are chartered pursuant to IRA Section 17 or organized by a tribal government pursuant to a tribal code or resolution are eligible to apply.
  • Chief or individual applying on behalf of the department must be a member of the NVFC. Not a member? Learn about member benefits and join at:
  • Explain in the application essay what they would do with the award to increase their hazmat response and preparedness capabilities

View full criteria at Only one application per department will be accepted.

To date, nine departments have received a total of $85,000 through the CHEMTREC® HELP Award to bolster their hazardous materials incident response capabilities and increase local readiness for hazmat events.

Learn more and apply by September 1 for the 2022 HELP Award at

CHEMTREC® is the leading source of 24/7 call center support and information during hazardous materials incidents. CHEMTREC is the single point of contact that connects emergency responders with everyone involved – manufacturers, shippers, consignees, carriers, and government agencies. CHEMTREC is equipped to handle any situation and any class of hazardous material.

CHEMTREC’s team of trained, experienced Emergency Service Specialists provide emergency responders with the information they need to safely and effectively manage chemical shipping incidents, including guidebooks, training opportunities, and industry resources. CHEMTREC’s service is complimentary for emergency responders.

About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides critical advocacy, resources, programs, and education for first responders across the nation. Learn more at