CHEMTREC® Announces Additional $10,000 for Hazmat Preparedness

A contribution from Dow has increased the number of volunteer fire departments to receive $10,000 through the 2023 CHEMTREC® HELP Award in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council

The CHEMTREC® Hazmat Emergencies Local Preparedness (HELP) Award is designed to help volunteer fire departments increase local preparedness and response capabilities for hazardous materials incidents. Thanks to Dow, a total of five recipients will be selected to receive $10,000 each in 2023.

As CHEMTREC’s first-ever corporate sponsor of the HELP Award, Dow reaffirms its commitment to supporting emergency responders. The HELP Award was established in 2019 and provides annual funding for hazmat response equipment and training for volunteer firefighters. Sponsoring this $10,000 award showcases Dow’s commitment to proactive efforts in safeguarding communities, the environment, and the safety of first responders. Each $10,000 HELP Award can be equal to a third of a volunteer fire department’s annual operating budget, making this award’s impact significant on the ability for a department to purchase hazmat equipment or attend advanced training.

The application period is open until September 1, 2023. To be eligible, departments must be over 50% volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, located in the U.S., and the person applying or the department chief must be a member of the National Volunteer Fire Council.

Learn more and apply.

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 and its team of trained, experienced Emergency Services 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