The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services regulates Firefighter Instruction and Training Activities to minimize emissions of toxic air pollutants that could result from these activities, while providing firefighters real-life fire suppression and safety training opportunities. Firefighter Instruction and Training Activities are regulated under Env-A 1003, which establishes the requirements for the sponsoring fire organization when burning either solid fuel, liquid fuel, a motor vehicle, or a structure.
A state certified fire instructor or specialty instructor must directly supervise all firefighter instruction and training activities. A completed "Live Fire Instruction and Training Activities Notification" Form ARD-1003 must be submitted to DES by the sponsoring fire service organization at least 10 days prior to the training burn. If conducting firefighter instruction and training activities in a structure, the following requirements also apply:
- A qualified asbestos inspector must perform an asbestos inspection of the building and the inspector must provide a report to the building owner certifying that all asbestos containing materials have been removed by a licensed asbestos abatement professional. Additional information on asbestos inspection and abatement can be found at Asbestos Management.
- An asbestos notification form must be completed and submitted to DES at least 10 days before the scheduled training exercise.
- All of the following materials must be removed from the structure and properly disposed of:
- Asbestos containing building materials;
- Mercury containing thermostats;
- Fluorescent lamps;
- Fuel oil tanks;
- Paints, solvents, and other liquids containing hazardous ingredients;
- Pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, and other potentially hazardous solids;
- Residential trash; and
- Furniture and appliances not specifically utilized in the training exercise.
Stephen Cullinane, Asbestos Program Supervisor
NHDES Air Resources Division
29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-1370; (603) 271-1381 (fax)
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