Tool Kit: Fire, CBRNE, and Hazmat

Here's some products to help with FIre, CBRNE, and Hazmat response.

All-Hazard Trace Detection & ID from 908 Devices

MX908™ leverages high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) to deliver dramatically enhanced sensitivity and broader threat category coverage. This second-generation tool increases mission support with unmatched flexibility and detection power for elite responders in chemical, explosive, and high priority toxic industrial chemical (TIC) scenarios. MX908 lightens the overall technology burden by obsoleting other less selective technologies from the response toolkit. It’s all hazards threat list has been upgraded to include a broader spectrum of targets. From military grade, commercial and improvised explosives to novel threat materials, MX908 supports the needs of the modern mission.

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Unknown Substance Identifier from Smiths Detection

The HazMatID Elite is a handheld FTIR unknown substance identifier. Suspected hazardous materials in solid or liquid form can be analyzed to determine their chemical identity, with results returned in one minute. The system’s ruggedized construction resists impact and can be decontaminated easily. Designed to be used while wearing Level-A gear, the HazMatID Elite is a valuable tool while operating inside the hot zone.

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Decontaminant from First Line Technology

Dahlgren Decon is a general-purpose decontaminant that neutralizes a broad range of CBRNe threats, including deadly opiates like fentanyl and carfentanil, in five minutes or less. By utilizing PES Solid in its three-component formula, Dahlgren Decon is a unique oxidizer in which the peracetic acid enhances the microemulsion in neutralizing threats. Dahlgren Decon can be used in conjunction with any sprayer, is pH neutral, and can be used on a variety of materials including personal protective equipment (PPE), sensitive equipment, and critical infrastructure.

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Advanced Genomic Analysis from Battelle

Advanced Genomic Analysis identifies the organisms in a sample down to the strain level, indicating whether the agent is of natural origin, genetically altered, or contains antibiotic-resistance genes. These clues are used for attribution to particular laboratories or world regions and can also be used to identify any human DNA in the sample. Advanced Chemical Analysis combines gas chromatography and high-resolution mass spectrometry to characterize unknown samples to determine what chemicals and proteins are present. For biological agents, chemical analysis identifies the presence of toxins or formulation agents, including contaminants that may help identify the method of production.

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Gas Monitor from RKI Instruments

This rugged instrument simultaneously monitors up to six gases, including combustibles, O2, CO, & H2S. Two additional smart channels accept PID, IR, or other toxic gas sensors. Features include internal sample pump, man-down and panic alarm, LED flashlight, and large auto rotating LCD display. The GX-6000 operates as a single gas PID unit or a multifunctional tool utilizing all six channels. The PID sensor comes equipped with a library of over 600 VOC gases and can personalize a favorites list of 30 commonly used VOCs as well as a list of eight of the most recently used VOCs.

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Radiation Detection Meter from Fluke

The Fluke 481 Radiation Detection Meter is a portable and practical means for discovering irradiated goods, and for helping remediate contaminant and safety issues while minimally affecting performances. Ideal for detecting irradiated goods, equipment, or surfaces, the 481 Radiation Meter helps ascertain worker safety and compliance to federal regulations. Use of the Fluke 481 assures employees that radiation dangers are known, monitored, and calculated for their security. Whenever radiation is found, a clear and quantifiable result provides handlers to comply with federal guidelines while avoiding unnecessary steps that could stop procedures, impact productivity, or lead to missed revenue.

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GC/MS from FLIR Systems

The FLIR Griffin G510 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) enables military and civil responders to easily sample all phases of matter—including solid, liquid, and vapor—to rapidly identify chemical hazards in the field. The Griffin G510 represents a new-generation of portable GC/MS capability, with multiple integrated sample inlets that simplify on-scene analysis and a technology core that delivers actionable, lab-caliber answers. Featuring a nine-inch touchscreen, the FLIR Griffin G510 can be operated while wearing full personal protective equipment when in a hot zone. Designed to withstand harsh environments, the FLIR Griffin G510 is IP65-rated, dust-tight and spray-resistant.

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Nitrite Sheets from CTL Scientific Supply

The Griess test is used to detect residues of smokeless powder on clothes of victims. However, the photographic paper that is required in the procedure becomes difficult to source. As an alternative, consider QUANTOFIX Nitrite test sheets as a replacement to current Griess test procedure.

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This article appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Evidence Technology Magazine.


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