Fentanyl leaves a lethal mess that’s costly and complicated to clean up

fentanylPhoto by: Russ Baer
In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, members of the DEA Hazardous Materials/Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team go through a decontamination procedure in Lubbock, Texas. During the operation, substances were seized during an ongoing investigation of fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds. (Russ Baer/DEA via AP)


By Jeff Mordock – The Washington Times – Thursday, December 27, 2018. See original article.

Police in St. Louis pulled over two suspected heroin dealers moving the drug in a rental car.

A bag ripped open during the stop, spilling fentanyl all over the car’s trunk. Smaller than a grain of sand, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid so lethal even trace amounts can kill.

The rental car company called Laura Spaulding-Koppel, CEO of crime scene cleanup company Spaulding Decon, to remove the toxic substance. Ms. Spaulding-Koppel told the rental company that it would cost $30,000, midrange for fentanyl cleanup.

The company balked. Executives told Ms. Spaulding-Koppel that their risk management team concluded they would rather clean the car themselves and hope no customers would be exposed.

It was a huge gamble by the rental car company, Ms. Spaulding-Koppel said. Exposure to less than 2 grams of fentanyl — a substance 25 to 50 times stronger than heroin — could kill an unsuspecting person who thinks it is merely sand.

“People need to understand the cost of cleanup, but they also need to understand the threat of fentanyl,” she said. “There is no forgiveness with it.”

Of the roughly 70,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2017, more than 29,000 were linked to fentanyl and other dangerous synthetic drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents an 850 percent climb since 2013.

Fentanyl-fueled opioid deaths are moving out of private homes and into libraries, restaurants and other public spaces with alarming frequency. As the death toll climbs, so does the risk of secondary exposure causing an immediate overdose if fentanyl is inhaled, comes into contact with the mouth or eyes, or is absorbed through a cut or other opening.

Fentanyl exposure has claimed lives. In May, a Florida couple were arrested after their infant died of fentanyl and cocaine exposure. Police said the infant’s mother was wearing multiple fentanyl patches that had been cut in half, allowing a lethal amount of residue to spill onto the child.

“I find it shocking how lightly we are taking this threat,” said Amit Kapoor, CEO of First Line Technologies, a Virginia chemical company that promises its product Dahlgren Decon can neutralize fentanyl. “It is a big, emerging threat. If someone got their hands on this, it’s pretty incredible what they could do.”

Dahlgren Decon is licensed by the Navy and was developed to clean up after chemical warfare attacks. Mr. Kapoor discovered its application for opioids after testing it on fentanyl in a lab. He now sells it to state and federal first responders and law enforcement agencies as well as a handful of private companies.

Despite the explosion of fentanyl, no cleanup standards have been established to determine when a fentanyl-tainted property is safe. Compounding the problem are cleanup costs that homeowners can’t afford and insurers refuse to pay. Businesses would rather risk a lawsuit than deal with the costly out-of-pocket expenses or rising insurance premiums.

“There are several 600-pound gorillas in the room that we are dealing with,” said Thomas Licker, president of the American-Bio Recovery Association. “It’s a bit of a nightmare.”

Cleanup is complicated

Fentanyl decontamination is a difficult, cumbersome process, those in the industry say.

It requires a complete quarantine of the area and workers dressed head to toe in hazmat suits using high-efficiency vacuums designed to remove tiny particles from every square inch of space. After vacuuming, workers spray specialized chemicals to disinfect the area. Testing equipment is then used to ensure the fentanyl has been removed.

A job takes about 10 hours on average, including breaks every 20 minutes because of blazing temperatures inside the hazmat suits. Jobs typically cost about $400 per hour, with a total price tag ranging from $30,000 to $50,000. One reason for the expense is that the specialized vacuums, which cost as much as $1,200, must be incinerated after cleanup.

“The cost of remediation jobs tends to be expensive, but it includes training expenses and everything else needed to do the job right,” Mr. Licker said. “We make money doing it, but we are the ones risking our lives.”

Rarely covered by insurance

Most homeowners can’t afford the bill, and few insurance policies cover what the companies consider an intentional criminal act. The debate rages on, leaving the public at risk.

“This is an uphill battle because insurance companies are doing whatever they can not to cover it,” Ms. Spaulding-Koppel said.

Chris Hackett, senior director of personal lines for the Chicago-based Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, said most insurers won’t cover any damage or pollution resulting from an intentional or criminal act.

“If a policy says it is not going to cover any criminal acts, that is going to include meth, fentanyl and any other drug you can think of,” he said. “Sometimes it’s better to have general language excluding that stuff rather than a laundry list of items.”

The public and businesses aren’t the only ones affected. Westport, Massachusetts, Police Chief Keith A. Pelletier said the cost of decontaminating police cars and holding cells after fentanyl exposure is draining his budget. It is typically cheaper to buy a new police car than to have a contaminated one cleaned.

In the dark

Also putting the public at risk is the lack of disclosure laws surrounding overdoses, including those involving fentanyl. No law on the state or federal level forces homeowners to notify potential renters or buyers that an overdose occurred on the property.

The fight parallels the methamphetamine crisis last decade, when lawmakers received pushback because revealing that a house was once used to make the drug would lower its value. A decade later, only 23 states have laws requiring homeowners to disclose that their house was once a meth lab. No such measure exists on the federal level.

Indiana state Rep. Wendy McNamara, a Republican, had her meth disclosure bill passed in 2014 after years of fighting for it. She called the process “extremely difficult.”

She would have to write a new bill for fentanyl disclosure rather than expand the methamphetamine law under rules of the Indiana legislature. She isn’t sure state lawmakers are ready for the battle, given all of the other debates about the opioid crisis.

“This is a legitimate concern for a lot of folks,” she said. “But we are focused so much on trying to stop opioid usage and rehabilitate folks, this is a piece that has gotten lost in the bigger picture of trying to fight the entire opioid epidemic.”

Ms. McNamara said local real estate associations partnered with her on the bill. But in other states, such groups fiercely opposed the legislation.

The Iowa Association of Realtors fought a meth disclosure bill introduced in January 2014. At the time, the group said the issue was too complex to address through a law because some properties used as meth labs require only light remediation, while drywall needs to be removed in other cases.

“It’s a different train of thought,” Mr. Licker said. “Ours is focused on public health, and theirs is to sell houses.”

Wesley Shaw, a spokesman for the National Association of Realtors, said his agency has no policy on meth or fentanyl disclosure and that enacting laws is a state issue.

“Regardless, disclosure is an important aspect of consumer protection, and the duty to disclose known defects does extend to real estate professionals,” he said. “NAR believes that any known factors that can affect the value of desirability of a property should be disclosed.”

Federal lawmakers have not tackled the issue, which Mr. Kapoor is trying to change.

“We’ve been trying to educate the folks on Capitol Hill about this threat,” he said. “They are more focused on fentanyl detection, but the bigger challenge is, ‘How do you neutralize it?’”

Businesses and other public entities don’t have to disclose overdoses either. In Pennsylvania, overdoses occurred in 12 percent of libraries last year, including four at one Philadelphia library alone, according to a University of Pennsylvania study.

Mr. Kapoor said his company is responding to fentanyl exposure in rental cars, fast-food restaurants and hotels rather than private homes.

Mr. Pelletier said his officers responded to a fentanyl overdose at a midlevel chain hotel. He urged hotel management to hire a remediation company to clean the room. They told him the maids would handle it.

“We took precautions, but I’m worried about the public,” he said. “I know a family with kids stayed in that room afterwards, but is there even a protocol for cleaning fentanyl in a hotel room?”

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

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First Line Technology Honored in Inc. Magazine 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

For the 3rd Time, First Line Technology Appears on the Inc. 5000, Ranking No. 2100 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 212 Percent

NEW YORK, August 15, 2018Inc. magazine today revealed that First Line Technology is No. 2100 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.


“Normally, high growth rates are achieved by companies in their early years. We’re very proud that First Line Technology has been able to achieve a growth rate of over three years in its fifteenth year in business. Our continuing high growth rates can be attributed to our success in taking innovative discoveries from the labs and developing them into life-saving solutions for responders and the military.”

Amit Kapoor, President and CEO, First Line Technology


Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 15) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2018 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 538.2 percent, and a median rate of 171.8 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $206.1 billion in 2017, accounting for 664,095 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 17 to 19, 2018, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, in San Antonio, Texas. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

First Line Technology manufactures an integrated suite of decontamination products which are used to completely neutralize Fentanyl and hundreds of other threats. We also developed and produce the AmbuBus Conversion Kit which enables responders to convert any available school or metro bus into a multiple patient transport vehicle for mass casualty incidents or hospital and nursing home evacuations. Our PhaseCore personal cooling vests and the Immersion Cooling Equipment (ICE) System are used by responders to protect themselves from the effects of heat stress.




Dahlgren Decon Awarded Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Excellence in Technology Transfer 2018 Award

Decontamination Product Neutralizes Fentanyl, Chemical, and Biological Agents

Chantilly, Virginia April 25, 2018: First Line Technology congratulates its technology transfer partner, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) on winning the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for 2018. A research team at Dahlgren led by Chris Hodge developed the decontamination solution which is fast, environmentally friendly, easily transportable, and performs better than existing contaminants.

Dahlgren Decon has been proven to completely neutralize Fentanyl in under five minutes making it a powerful new weapon in the fight against synthetic opioids. The product also is highly effective against a wide range of chemical and biological agents including mustard gas, nerve agents such as VX, anthrax and the Ebola virus.

In 2015, Dahlgren Decon was licensed to First Line Technology, a small business in Virginia, for development of a commercial decontamination product. The company’s core business area is the design and manufacture of disaster preparedness and response equipment for Department of Defense (DoD) and first responder emergency response missions. Dahlgren Decon was a perfect fit for its existing product line.

In 2016 and throughout 2017, First Line Technology commercialized the product and made it available for sale. It is available off-the-shelf to the DoD, first responders, or others requiring the decontamination of biological or chemical contaminants.

Since the First Line Technology product came on the market in 2017 the company has successfully marketed (with significant sales) to entities within the Department of Justice (DOJ), DoD, and several federal intelligence agencies. Numerous state and local agencies have purchased the product, and several international entities are expected to do so soon. The customer base is growing rapidly, and Dahlgren Decon has become the new standard in decontamination.

“We at First Line Technology are very proud to work together with the research team at NSWC Dahlgren Division to bring Dahlgren Decon out of the lab and make it a life-saving technology that is used to reduce the threat of chemical and biological agents, like fentanyl.”, says Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology. “Its rapid acceptance by the military, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement is a testimony to its effectiveness.”

Contact: Tim Karney, (703) 955-7510 Ext. 139,

Amit Kapoor, President First Line Technology, (703) 955-7510 Ext. 121

Caption: Amit Kapoor, President and CEO of First Line Technology (far left), Michael Corle, Product Manager DeconTect (left), Chris Hodge (right) and Tony Buhr (far right) of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division accept the 2018 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for Dahlgren Decon at the Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards Dinner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 25, 2018.

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First Line Technology Awarded 10-Year Contract Through U.S. Department of Defense CBRN Program

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) December 15, 2017 – First Line Technology, a leading provider of disaster preparedness and emergency response equipment, today announced it has been awarded a 10-year fielded contract through the United States Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production/Procurement (JE-RDAP) omnibus Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle.

First Line Technology is recognized for its Dahglren Decon and FiberTect products, which are high efficacy decontamination technologies that can decontaminate chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, as well as biological and radiological agents from personnel, personal protective equipment (PPE), sensitive equipment, and critical infrastructure.

As a recipient of the $8.2 billion, multi-vendor contract, First Line Technology has been named a qualified contractor by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). First Line Technology can now compete for JE-RDAP task orders specific to future research, development, production, and fielding of CBRN defense systems.

“Being a qualified recipient of the JE-RDAP contract presents many exciting opportunities for First Line Technology,” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology. “It allows our lab to life-saving technologies to have greater impact in the evolving CBRN environment and better support those who protect our freedoms every day.”

For more information on First Line Technology please contact or call 703-955-7510.


About First Line Technology: First Line Technology, LLC designs and manufactures disaster preparedness and response equipment, including PhaseCore personal cooling items, DeconTect decontamination products, and AmbuResponse mass casualty response systems. Our mission is to prepare for, protect against, respond to and recover from all hazards with lab to life-saving technology. For more information, visit


New Data Proves Dahlgren Decon Destroys and Neutralizes Over 99.9% Fentanyl HCL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 14, 2017 – Today, First Line Technology received new data from MRI Global, one of the nation’s leading research institutes, proving that Dahlgren Decontamination solution neutralizes over 99.9% of bulk fentanyl hydrochloride within five minutes.

Fentanyl hydrochloride, otherwise known as fentanyl HCL, is one of the most difficult types of fentanyl to decontaminate.

Other current decontaminants can only remove this type of fentanyl, not molecularly destroy. This doesn’t help protect First Responders. Dahlgren Decontaminant’s 99.9% efficacy is defined as true chemical destruction via molecular disassembly of the target threat. Dahlgren Decon is effective against all threats including fentanyl, fentanyl citrate and fentanyl hydrochloride.

“First Line Technology realizes the importance of considering what specific type of fentanyl is being addressed,” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology. “We aren’t just stopping with product research and development with today’s threats – we are looking at tomorrow’s threats for First Responders and our citizens to produce next generation solutions.”

First Line Technology works with scientific experts to conduct reproducible testing that undergoes quality controls and management reviews to produce reports with unbiased data. This produces test reports that can be used in peer reviewed publications that benefit the military and First responder communities.

“We highly encourage our customers to ask questions, get hands-on with our products and seek out unbiased evaluative data before making a purchase,” said Kapoor. “Understanding each threat presents a different decontamination requirement is essential to the health and safety of First Responders and, ultimately, eliminating this ongoing epidemic.”

For more information on First Line Technology, or a copy of the test results, please email or call 703-955-7510.


First Line Technology, LLC designs and manufactures disaster preparedness and response equipment, including PhaseCore personal cooling items, DeconTect decontamination products, and AmbuResponse mass casualty response systems. Our mission is to prepare for, protect against, respond to and recover from all hazards with lab to life-saving technology. For more information, visit

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First Line Technology and Federal Resources Announce Strategic Partnership

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) October 31, 2017 – Today, First Line Technology and Federal Resources announced a strategic partnership to provide a greater selection of best-in-class decontamination and personal cooling technologies to government and commercial customers.

Federal Resources will help First Line Technology distribute Dahlgren Decon, a three-part decontaminant solution that immediately decontaminates chemical and biological warfare agents. Dahlgren Decon has also been proven to decontaminate fentanyl, a powerful and toxic synthetic opioid, which has contributed the recently-declared national health emergency.

“Working with Federal Resources will allow First Line Technology to continue solving the most complex challenges facing the industry, and continue executing on our lab to life-saving mission,” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology.

Known for their mission to support military and first responders, Federal Resources is a leading provider of quality solutions that have paved the way in the service and contract manufacturing industry.

“Federal Resources is committed to taking the best and most innovative technologies from the lab to the marketplace to protect our military and first responders who serve on the frontlines. Every day, law enforcement and first responders are exposed to fentanyl. Chemical warfare agents in North Korea and Syria pose grave and real threats to our military. First Line Technology decontaminant solution makes us more prepared to deal with these threats—both domestically and abroad. We look forward to better supporting our customers through this key partnership,” said Robert McWilliams, Federal Resources CEO.

For more information on First Line Technology please contact or call 703-955-7510. For more information on Federal Resources please contact or call 410-643-7810.


About First Line Technology: First Line Technology, LLC designs and manufactures disaster preparedness and response equipment, including PhaseCore personal cooling items, DeconTect decontamination products, and AmbuResponse mass casualty response systems. Our mission is to prepare for, protect against, respond to and recover from all hazards with lab to life-saving technology. For more information, visit

About Federal Resources: Founded in 1986, Federal Resources is a leading provider of quality products and mission-critical solutions that support the U.S. Military, Federal Government, State/Local Responders, and International Markets. Specializing in comprehensive life-cycle sustainment solutions; procurement and acquisition; technical services and asset management; and training expertise, the organization is dedicated to serving its diverse range of well-established and emerging market segments. Federal Resources strives to fulfill and expand upon its mission to ensure end-users are equipped with the most innovative, reliable, and cost-effective products and technologies available on the market. For more information, visit




First Line Technology’s Dahlgren Decon Neutralizes 100% Carfentanil in Under 5 Minutes

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2017 – Today, First Line Technology received new lab results confirming that Dahlgren Decon neutralizes 100% of carfentanil in under five minutes.

This comes on the heels of a similar announcement from First Line Technology when they publicized last month that Dahlgren Decon neutralizes 100% of fentanyl in under two minutes. Absolute efficacy under five minutes for some of the most potent synthetic opioids known to man makes Dahlgren Decon one of the most effective decontamination solutions available.

“The data is irrefutable. It comes down to the superior chemical composition of Dahlgren Decon,” said Dr. Christina Baxter, former Program Manager for the CBRNE subgroup at the Technical Support Working Group. “Dahlgren Decon uses peracetic acid, which is double the strength of any hydrogen peroxide solution. It also comes in solid form which allows users to mix it on-site so there is no degradation of concentration. You always know what you’re getting with Dahlgren Decon.”

The data shows Dahlgren Decon yields a greater than 99.9% neutralization of carfentanil in under two minutes and 100% neutralization of carfentanil in under five minutes.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with these results, but our work is not done.” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology. “Dahlgren Decon needs to be in the hands of every first responder, law enforcement officer and hazmat crew worldwide.”


Dahlgren Decon, manufactured by First Line Technology through an exclusive technology licensing agreement with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), is a three-part decontaminant solution that immediately decontaminates chemical and biological warfare agents, and now proven to be effective against both fentanyl and carfentanil.

A complete decontamination kit including FiberTect wipes, Dahlgren Decon solution and the Victory MG200 electrostatic sprayer can be purchased through Federal Resources, a resale partner of First Line Technology. For more information on how to purchase Dahlgren Decon or the full decontamination kit, contact

For more information on Dahlgren Decon and First Line Technology, visit or contact First Line Technology at 703-955-7510 or




About First Line Technology: First Line Technology, LLC designs and manufactures disaster preparedness and response equipment, including PhaseCore personal cooling items, DeconTect decontamination products, and AmbuResponse mass casualty response systems. Our mission is to prepare for, protect against, respond to and recover from all hazards with lab to life-saving technology.

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First Line Technology Responds to Fentanyl Epidemic with Neutralizing Dahlgren Decon Solution

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) June 12, 2017 – Today, First Line Technology received new data from one of the nation’s leading research institutes that confirms Dahlgren Decon is one of the most effective decontamination solutions for neutralizing the deadly effects of the hazardous opioid, fentanyl.

The data shows Dahlgren Decon yields a greater than 99% neutralization of fentanyl in less than five minutes. This comes at a crucial time when there is no sign of the opioid addiction and overdose crisis slowing down. In fact, earlier this month, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a warning to the public and law enforcement nationwide about the health and safety risks of fentanyl.

Dahlgren Decon, manufactured by First Line Technology through an exclusive technology licensing agreement with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), is a three-part decontaminant solution that immediately decontaminates chemical and biological warfare agents, and now proven to be effective against fentanyl.

“The combination of reactivity, compatibility and stability makes Dahlgren Decon a true triple threat,” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology. “It is the only general purpose decontaminant that neutralizes a broad range of hazardous agents with a neutral ph and off-the-chart material compatibility.”

First Line Technology agrees that Narcan is an effective antidote for counteracting opiate overdose internally, but stresses that copious amounts of soap and water needed for external decontamination of skin and personal protective equipment (PPE) is not always readily available in situations when first responders have encountered these drugs.

“This new data proves that Dahlgren Decon is a game changer for first responder and law enforcement communities,” said Gary Sharp, Director of Training at Federal Resources. “No other solution on the market neutralizes fentanyl in such a short amount of time.”

First Line Technology sees Dahlgren Decon becoming a go-to product for all first responders and law enforcement officers who find themselves handling lethal evidence or helping overdose victims.

“Time is of the essence for these brave men and women,” said Kapoor. “Storing Dahlgren Decon in the trunk or passenger side of all responder vehicles would significantly reduce the risk of danger for those answering the call to help. Having an effective and proven decontamination tools is critical to our First Responders and receivers.”

For more information and to purchase Dahlgren Decon, visit or contact First Line Technology at 703-955-7510 or


About First Line Technology: First Line Technology, LLC designs and manufactures disaster preparedness and response equipment, including PhaseCore personal cooling items, DeconTect decontamination products, and AmbuResponse mass casualty response systems. Our mission is to prepare for, protect against, respond to and recover from all hazards with lab to life-saving technology.

Contact: Zoe Seroky, (703) 955-7510 | |


Increase Mass Casualty Response Capabilities with Limited Funds

Increase Mass Casualty Response Capabilities with Limited Funds

How Gloucester County is Preparing Their Residents and New Jersey

With the uncertainty of mass casualty incidents, it’s incredibly helpful to have a vehicle with the capacity to transport several non-ambulatory patients and first responders at one time. Free up valuable ambulance capacity while reducing response time with the AmbuBus. The AmbuBus Kit is specially designed to retrofit any vehicle of opportunity, such as metro and school buses. See how Gloucester County EMS used an old school bus to build out their AmbuBus in a matter of two hours.

How Do You Prepare for the Next Disaster?

Gloucester County strives to prepare for natural and man-made disasters by developing their tools and capacity to respond. The bottom line, however, is doing so while staying within a budget and being a responsible custodian of the tax payers’ dollar in every purchasing decision they make. After Hurricane Sandy, it was apparent that transportation and evacuation needed to be top of mind for any future events. While they weren’t gravely affected, surrounding counties were and Gloucester was there to help during a time of significant need. Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management then began to discuss acquiring a medical ambulance bus but found that a completely built-out vehicle wasn’t in the county’s best fiscal interest.

The Mass Casualty Transport and Evacuation Tool That Won’t Break the Budget

With some research and planning, Gloucester County made the decision to purchase an AmbuBus Kit and build their own medical ambulance bus. The AmbuBus Kit fits into any vehicle of opportunity, like a school or metro bus, and can transport up to twelve patients and two to three responders. These AmbuBus kits are ideal for responding to mass casualty incidents where patients with non-life-threatening injuries need medical attention or evacuating facilities with non-ambulatory patients, such as hospitals and retirement communities.


A pre-owned vehicle, like a school bus, can easily be converted to an AmbuBus.

As opposed to $500,000 for a completely built-out medical ambulance bus, an AmbuBus Kit and vehicle of opportunity can cost up to 80% less. Not only are AmbuBus Kits more affordable, they increase the capacity of an emergency response fleet and provide a variety of uses.

Being a Responsible Custodian of the Tax Payers’ Dollar

Finding a half million dollars in any budget to spend on one item can be a daunting task. Never mind if you have to turn to grants, as well. Selecting the affordable AmbuBus Kit not only means saving money on the actual system, but that it can be placed in nearly any vehicle of opportunity. Pre-owned school buses and metro buses are ideal, as the seats can be removed and the pressure-mounted system can be installed. Want to keep the vehicle in rotation? Save the seats and the AmbuBus crate for when it is time to make the switch. The installed kit does not alter the integrity of the vehicle so it’s safe to put back in rotation without extensive re-inspection.

The AmbuBus Kit requires minimal maintenance and is made from structural steel that is powder coated to allow for long-term use, therefore, it will likely outlive the vehicle in which it’s installed. When the time comes to replace the vehicle, the AmbuBus Kit is easily uninstalled and reinstalled by any two individuals in a matter of a few hours.

Capacity to Respond to Nearly Any Event

Not only will adding another emergency vehicle to the fleet increase capacity, the AmbuBus Kit will free up valuable ambulances for patients in critical condition. Whether there’s a multi-vehicle accident, fire at a senior-living facility, or a damaging tornado, having an AmbuBus to quickly transport a large quantity of patients will reduce the time it takes for each of them to receive medical attention, which is crucial when minutes matter.

To further expand the AmbuBus Kit’s capabilities, there is an entire line of AmbuResponse accessories. Whether it’s necessary to quickly move patients in and out of the vehicle or monitor their condition, there are several items to improve the level of care given to patients. The AmbuRamp and AmbuCarrier allow for easy movement of a patient by one responder. Monitor a patient’s vitals with the Wireless Vital Signs Monitor or provide oxygen with the MCOS 9. You can customize your AmbuBus to suit your department’s needs.


The Mass Casualty Oxygen System (MCOS 9) Kit is a completely portable oxygen system that mounts to the AmbuBus frame and enables delivery of individually metered oxygen for us to nine people simultaneously.

Maximizing Value and Utilizing the Versatile AmbuBus Kit

By going with an AmbuBus Kit that can be used in three different configurations (permanent, on-demand, and free-standing) there are a variety of uses within any emergency management department, further increasing the value.
Utilize your built-out AmbuBus as both a means of transportation and rehabilitation. The AmbuBus can be a mobile rehabilitation unit for fire fighters and first responders. Utilize stretchers as a place to lay down or adjust them to provide bench seating. Depending on vehicle capabilities, a controlled interior climate can combat symptoms of temperature-related stress.

Evacuation can be half the battle but where do these individuals stay once they are in a safe location? New Jersey saw a surge in hotel prices making it difficult for all residents to afford a space to sleep at night. With the AmbuBus Kit, the frame and stretchers can be set up as a sleeping quarters for displaced residents.

Taking the Next Step to Prepare Your Community

The next devastating event could strike at any time with very little warning so it’s best to be prepared to serve the community. Like Gloucester County, adding an affordable AmbuBus Kit to your arsenal gives you a versatile tool to transport, evacuate, rehabilitate, and care for your team and county’s citizens beyond usual measures. To learn more about AmbuBus Kits and how they increase your response capabilities, contact First Line Technology at or 703-955-7510.

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How Hiring a Veteran Made One Company More Relevant

As a recruiter or hiring manager, you’re looking for a candidate who is a team player, motivated, and eager to be successful. Even just two of those traits would make you happy. Where do you go to look for candidates? Online resumes sites, LinkedIn, your network? All of those sources can yield great candidates but you spend a lot of time sorting through resumes that don’t meet your standards. Have you considered veterans?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5.8% of Gulf War-era II Veterans were unemployed in 2015. While it is continuing to decline, there is still a market of highly qualified military veterans who are unemployed and searching for full-time employment. Veterans are leaving the military with strong leadership and problem solving skills. These are critical assets in modern day dynamic companies.


SGT. Michael Corle in Kuwait in April 2011.

Sergeant Michael Corle felt called to serve in 2010 when he observed his friends preparing to deploy overseas. He enlisted in January 2010 and began training as an Automated Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems Specialist. SGT. Corle deployed in September 2010 for a tour overseas in Kuwait and Iraq. It was there that he learned critical skills to successfully accomplish the mission his unit was given.

SGT. Corle returned from deployment in September of 2011 and continued to serve with the West Virginia Army National Guard focusing on everything from decontamination to medical triage. He credits his time serving in the military not only for the operational skills but for the ability to be a self-motivated, collaborative team member, as this was necessary while he was deployed. The life experience gained in the military gave him self-confidence to make quick clear decisions as they pertain to life and his career.

One of the key things that First Line prides itself on is being ahead of the game in product development and listening to our customers wants. Hiring a veteran of our military brings a unique perspective for that product development and interaction with customers. More importantly a Veteran’s patience and drive to meet objectives makes hiring a them the obvious choice for First Line Technology. “We are a driven company and in hiring Mike we found a mission driven manager to ensure we solve our customer’s complex problems.” Shared Mr. Kapoor, founder of First Line.

While your target audience may not be military, every company can benefit from the hard work and dedication that you’ll receive from a veteran. We thank all veterans for answering the call to serve. Now it’s our turn as hiring managers and recruiters to call them and schedule those interviews.