The mission of the Association is to facilitate the professional development of public and private sector hazardous materials emergency response teams and their members within the State of North Carolina. The Association will provide the exchange of information, the development of solutions to mutual problems, the recommendation of certification standards and procedures, the evaluation of training standards and equipment needs, and the endorsement of legislation or governmental policy regarding all issues involving hazardous materials. The Association will serve as a technical advisory committee to the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association.
On August 8, 1991 representatives of seven public sector hazardous materials response teams met in Greensboro to discuss the diversity of hazardous materials response teams within the state and benefits of forming an Association to share information, training, and have a voice in making recommendations to the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission regarding training and certification of public sector hazardous materials teams.
From that meeting, the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders was formed. A mission statement and bylaws were developed and the Association began the process of developing and presenting the recommendations regarding training, certification, regional response and other issues to the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission.
The NCAHMR is recognized by the North Carolina Firemen's Association as a vital resource for hazardous materials information in North Carolina. The Association has two representatives on the Hazardous Materials Review Committee and the President of the Association serves on the Regional Response Committee.