Smiths Detection Partners in Study to Find Toxic Risks to Firefighters
EDGEWOOD, Md. -- October 24, 2013
Smiths Detection has provided services and equipment to support a joint
research health study conducted by Utah Valley University Emergency Services
Department and the Fire Smoke Coalition.
The study is examining if residue left on firefighters’ personal protective
equipment after fighting fires poses a health risk. Results are planned to be
released later this year.
Lance Roncalli, U.S. Managing Director for Smiths Detection, said: “Our
technologies help protect first responders in the communities they serve and
we are pleased to offer our most effective chemical identifiers and scientists
to support this vital firefighter safety research.”
Smiths Detection systems being used during the course of the study include:
*GUARDION, a miniaturized, hand portable Gas Chromatograph/Mass
Spectrometer (GC/MS), which detects and identifies the complex mixture of
chemicals which are present in the smoke at a fire scene;
*HazMatID Elite, a handheld solids and liquids Fourier Transform Infrared
Spectrometer capable of identifying most fire accelerants;
*GasID, a portable Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer that identifies
over 5,500 gas and vapor chemicals.
For further information on the products used in this study, please visit:
GUARDION HazMatID Elite GasID
Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify
threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation,
narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing
layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has major plants in three U.S.
states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders
to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers
include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security
(DHS). It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical
application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000
people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100
sites in 40 states.
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