Fire Service Scientific Support
Scientific advice and support to the emergency services both on-site and remotely
As the demand for chemicals in industry and at home increases, so too does the need to transport and store them in both large and small quantities. Inevitably there are accidents and materials are often released into areas where they can present a significant hazard to the public.
It is vital that the fire service has access to qualified scientists who are able to provide guidance and support at chemical, radiation and asbestos-related incidents.
For well over forty years we have assisted the fire services in the UK by advising on chemical hazards and when necessary attending incidents to help with the detection, identification and monitoring of any hazardous materials present.
Our team uses their own experience and a wide range of state of the art equipment to provide key services for fire service scientific support including:
Scientific advice and support to the emergency services both on-site and remotely by telephone or e-mail depending on the specific requirements of the incident
Provision of support on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year (blue light response available to ensure attendance times are met). Our team are all trained in the use of specialist PPE such as CABA and GTS
Field identification and assessment of hazardous materials including sampling, spot testing and detailed chemical analysis
Interpretation and confirmation of results from on-site analysis and based on this assistance in determining a suitable remediation strategy
Environmental protection advice and support at incidents involving large quantities of a substance
Provision of specialist advice at incidents involving biological materials, explosives, asbestos and radioactive substances
Advice on decontamination of personnel and equipment as well as selection of PPE for personnel committed to an incident
On-site monitoring of hazardous atmospheres with a view to determining the level of risk
Liaison between emergency services and other interested parties including local authorities, the environment agency, site experts and many others
24/7 emergency response service to the fire and rescue services in the UK as well as local authorities and industrial partners
Experienced team of professionals including experienced chemists who have worked alongside the emergency services to resolve hundreds of incidents
Experience involving hazardous substances ranging from small domestic spillages to major industrial accidents