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Thank you for your interest in applying for the annual CHEMTREC HELP (Hazmat Emergencies Local Preparedness) Award. The 2020 application period is June 1–September 1. Recipients will be announced by November 1st.


Reminder, to be eligible for the HELP Award, departments must meet the following criteria:

  • Department must be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%).
  • Department must serve a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Department must be located in the United States and be legally organized under state law.
  • The department chief or individual applying on behalf of the department must be a member of the NVFC. Learn about member benefits and join at
  • Only one application will be accepted per department. Any subsequent applications received for that department during the award year will be disqualified. Additionally, past recipients of the HELP Award must wait 5 years before reapplying for the award.
  • Department's annual revenue must not exceed $250,000 for the most recently completed fiscal year.

View the full criteria and learn more about the HELP Award.

HELP Award Application

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Questions about the HELP Award?

If you have any questions, please contact Erica Bernstein, Director - Outreach, at or 703-741-5524.