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Hazmat and Radiation Training

Hazmat and Radiation Training

About Hazmat and Radiation Training

The IDHS Hazmat Section and Radiation Programs assist with state, district and local trainings and exercises, as well as offer courses and workshops available for registration through the state's course catalog in the Acadis Portal. Public safety agencies — including emergency management agencies (EMAs), local emergency planning committees (LEPCs) and fire departments — can inquire about training to be offered on a topic in their area.

Upcoming Trainings

View full IDHS calendar

Note: Not all events on the IDHS calendar are organized, hosted or sponsored by IDHS or other state agencies. Some events are included for informational purposes as events that the public or first responders may find beneficial.

Training and Resources

  • Acadis Portal

    IDHS uses the Acadis Portal as the hub for scheduling training and maintaining certifications. It serves emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical services, public works, public health, volunteer organizations, elected and appointed officials and others throughout the state with their training needs. The portal is updated periodically with courses that are available, so please check it for new offerings. Visit the Public Safety Identification (PSID) Information page for more information on Acadis and PSID numbers.

    Acadis Portal

    Need to Reactivate Your Acadis Account? Complete request form

  • Equipment

    IDHS has an updated collection of specialized equipment used for hazmat situations by the agency's hazmat specialists. Local fire departments can reach out to the Hazmat Section for in-person training to show how these items work.

    First Defender RMX
    FirstDefender RMX

    This chemical identification analyzer uses laser technology to point to objects or substances to help identify the substances, which can be either solids or liquids.

    HazMatID Elite
    HazMatID Elite

    This handheld chemical identifier uses infrared technology and can test both liquids and solids to help identify substances.


    This is a multi-gas detector that also has a photo ID lamp. It helps detect when chemicals are present by air sampling in the parts per million (PPM) range.

    ppbRAE 3000
    ppbRAE 3000

    This volatile organic compound (VOC) gas detector conducts air sampling and detects chemicals in the parts per billion (PPB) range.

    PortaSens III
    PortaSens III

    This portable gas detector can detect different chemicals using various interchangeable sensors. The IDHS units can detect several of the more prevalent chemicals, including but not limited to ammonia, phosphine, vinyl chloride, chlorine, phosgene and hydrogen chloride.

    Griffin G510
    Griffin G510

    This gas chromatograph mass spectrometer identifies liquids, solids and gases. The wand is used for air sampling, and the device can analyze samples of solid and liquid substances. It can be used in detecting unknown substances, explosives, drugs and chemical releases.

    Drone in air

    IDHS has more than a dozen unmanned aerial system devices, or drones, that are used in many scenarios, including hazmat incidents and fire investigations.

  • Exercises

    IDHS hazmat and radiation staff participate in exercises throughout the state to practice planning and response efforts alongside local agencies. LEPCs that want to include hazmat components in their exercises, such as chemical spill response or plume monitoring, can request IDHS participation by emailing

  • Workshops

    IDHS-led workshops can include administrative training or hands-on skills training. Workshops have included training about lithium battery responses, compressed natural gas vehicle responses, facility information for LEPC plan modules and hybrid decontamination.

    IDHS also assists with hazmat awareness operations and technician courses.

  • Resources
    Managing Hazmat Incidents

    The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry offers a series of guides and a training video with recommendations for EMS and medical personnel to follow for incidents of human exposure to hazardous materials. It also has templates to use to establish registries of people who have been exposed to hazardous materials during incidents.

    General Resources
    Ammonia Responses
    Radiation Responses
    Transportation Responses

    First responders may be familiar with the orange Emergency Response Guidebooks that cover how to respond to transportation accidents with hazardous materials. These are released by the U.S. Department of Transportation and are available online at

    CHEMPACK Program

    CHEMPACK is a program funded by the federal Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response. An asset for first responders, the program provides antidotes for people exposed to nerve agent attacks and large-scale pesticide poisonings. Learn more about Indiana's program at the Indiana Department of Health's CHEMPACK page.

    Pipeline Map

    The U.S. Department of Transportation offers the National Pipeline Mapping System Public Viewer, which shows the gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines in every Indiana county. You can also map incidents since 2002, natural gas plants and breakout tanks.

    Public Education