A best kept secret of the Southwest but too good not to share. Last year I attended the HazMat Challenge hosted by the folks at Los Alamos National Labs. The event is held in the picturesque Bandelier National Monument. Not only are the views incredible but the weather is perfect as August in New Mexico brings warm dry air with a good chance of showers in the afternoon to cool things off. The props were some of the most realistic I have seen with outstanding subject matter experts at each evolution.
The event hosts confirm that ‘for the past 22 years HAZMAT teams have participated in the HazMat Challenge for a chance to network with one another, practice technical skills, and learn new HazMat response techniques under realistic conditions in a safe and competitive environment.’
Past Challenge scenarios have included:
Chemical Hazard ID
Drug and Bio Labs
Compressed Gas Leaks
Planes, Trains, Automobiles
HazMat Challenge Flyer