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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Firefighter Instruction and Training Activities

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.

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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 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol must be submitted to NHDES 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.
  • 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;
    • Tires;
    • Residential trash; and
    • Furniture and appliances not specifically utilized in the training exercise.

Contact Us:
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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