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WATCH: Manatee County Florida Deploys an AmbuBus

See Manatee County EMS District Chief Jason Evans Present the Multi-Patient Transport Vehicle

Manatee County Florida has deployed an AmbuBus Conversion Kit in a metro bus frame to serve as a multiple-patient transport vehicle. The bus can accommodate 17 passengers in a single trip. 

In a recent television newscast, Manatee County EMS District Chief Jason Evans explained their plans for using the AmbuBus for mass casualty incidents, medical evacuations, major sporting events, and other scenarios. 

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For more information on using the AmbuBus for mass casualty response call (703) 955-7510 or email sales@firstlinetech.com. 

 

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Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Floods, or Wildfires? Which Will You Face?

2019 Could be a challenging year for emergency managers.

If current conditions continue, 2019 may be one of the worst years for natural disasters in America.  

From January through May, we have already seen 611 tornadoes that have caused at least 38 fatalities and left hundreds homeless. This figure includes a record 13 straight days with at least 8 tornadoes reported. 

For 2019, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting a likely range of 9 to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). 

Vast areas of the United States are at risk of flooding this spring, even as Nebraska and other Midwestern states are already reeling from record-breaking late-winter floods. Some 13 million people could be exposed to major flooding, making this a “potentially unprecedented” flood season, said Edward Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center. 

While much of the country should have fewer wildfires in 2019, the West Coast of the U.S. could see many significant wildfires according to the National Interagency Fire Center. 

Future events like those mentioned above may require the evacuation of patients in hospitals and nursing homes as well as home-bound, at-risk citizens.  

If your community suddenly must deal with a large-scale disaster, will you have enough multiple-patient transport capacity to manage both large numbers of casualties and patient evacuations? 

What emergency planners need is a scalable, affordable, and flexible approach to multi-patient transport. 

One option that is being used by many communities is to convert existing transportation assets on a permanent, or as needed basis to handle mass casualty situations. 

By leveraging surplus or end of service school or metro buses, using a conversion kit such as the AmbuBus from First Line Technology, a community can have a vehicle that can transport up to 18 non-critical patients for well under $50,000. 

The organization can often borrow the vehicles for temporary use or buy them for a nominal amount from the school or transportation district. They then purchase one or more AmbuBus conversion kits which cost between $25,000 to $50,000. Once assembled, which takes two people about two hours, the converted AmbuBus can carry up to 12 non-critical patients, two or more EMTs, and medical supplies. 

By having at least one AmbuBus kit permanently installed the community has a multi-patient transport vehicle (MPTV) that can handle mass casualty incidents that have no prior warning. 

They can then purchase additional kits that are unassembled and stored in wooden pallets. These can be stacked up in any available warehouse and used to temporarily convert additional buses for events such as hurricanes. 

Since the installation of the kits does not require any holes to be drilled, the structural integrity of the vehicle is preserved, and it can be returned to regular service after the event.                                                           

For more information, download the free white paper, “A Scalable Approach to Mass Casualty Transport” at https://www.firstlinetech.com/mci-transport-white-paper/ 

DeconTect

Are Electrostatic Sprayers the Right Choice for Personnel Decon?

New EPA report evaluates the effectiveness of electrostatic sprayers

The use of electrostatic sprayers has been a matter of serious debate across the HazMat community. However, with the release of a recent EPA report, the evidence is growing that electrostatic sprayers have significant operational and financial advantages.

The report titled, “Evaluation of Electrostatic Sprayers for use in a Personnel Decontamination Line Protocol for Biological Contamination Incident Response Operations” presents the results of rigorous tests of electrostatic sprayers versus electric backpack sprayers.

A previous EPA study “Report on the 2015 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) International Decontamination Research and Development Conference.” (USEPA 2015b) shows that compared to traditional sprayer systems, an electrostatic spray technology is more efficient, reduces waste, and delivers a more uniform distribution of liquids over uneven surfaces. The current study explores the use of electrostatic sprayers as an alternative to the sprayers currently used in a decontamination line setting. Specifically, this study compares the performance of an electrostatic sprayer with a traditional electric backpack sprayer by evaluating the efficacy of each sprayer in removing or inactivating spores of Bacillus atrophaeus var. globigii (Bg), a surrogate for Bacillus anthracis, from different types of PPE materials.

The new report expands on those findings and highlights the operational advantages provided by electrostatic sprayers in personnel decontamination protocols. Among these advantages are:

  • Less chance of cross contamination
  • Less liquid used
  • Less contaminated runoff
  • Lower logistical requirements
  • Less cost to cover

HazMat teams that utilize electrostatic sprayers can reduce the amount of liquid needed to effectively decontaminate biological contamination which reduces risk of cross contamination as well as contaminated runoff.

The results of the tests showed that the quantity of liquid waste generated by the electrostatic sprayer was almost 75 times less than by the backpack sprayer.

Although the spray duration of the electrostatic sprayer was three times longer than the traditional backpack sprayer, the liquid waste from the electrostatic sprayer rarely contained viable spores, and the waste stream volume was significantly reduced.

Therefore, the disadvantage of increased decontamination line spraying time may be outweighed by the significant advantages in waste reduction and the decreased risk of personnel cross-contamination and spread of contamination beyond the impacted site.

Using electrostatic sprayers, HazMat teams can cover and decontaminate larger surface areas with less liquid reducing the amount of decontamination solution that must be procured and stored

Additionally, liquid waste generated from a biological decontamination line may be costly to dispose of and will likely cause difficulty in finding a disposal facility willing to accept the liquid waste.

Download a copy of the full EPA report here.

Also, download the free White Paper, The True Cost of Decontamination here.

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Evacuation of At-Risk Population

Flood

Why are communities still struggling to evacuate at-risk citizens during an emergency?  

In virtually every disaster, a disproportionate number of casualties are the elderly, disabled, or home-bound also referred to as socially vulnerable populations. 

For example, in the Camp Fire incident in California most of the 86 people who died in the fire were senior citizens. Of the 69 bodies that have been positively identified, 53 were over the age of 65. This age group accounted for 77 percent of the fatalities. 

In Hurricane Katrina 49 percent of the victims were 75 years old and older. 

In Superstorm Sandy, 49 of the 106 deaths were 65 or older. 

Ever since Hurricane Katrina, emergency managers, public health professionals, and emergency medical services directors have devoted significant attention to this problem, but many communities and regions still are not able to ensure the timely evacuation of all at-risk individuals. 

There are many reasons for the lack of progress in solving this problem, but the most obvious is that most communities simply do not have enough patient transport capacity. Their existing ambulance pool is quickly depleted trying to cover the surge in injured during an emergency as well as the evacuation of hospitals, nursing homes, and home-bound individuals in a major event. 

Typically, emergency managers have relied on mutual aid agreements with other jurisdictions or contracts with private ambulance providers to supplement their patient transport capacity. 

However, with massive events like Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Matthew, and Superstorm Sandy, the ambulance assets they were counting on were overburdened trying to handle casualties in their own communities. 

One approach has been to buy an Advanced Life-Saving (ALS) equipped Medical Ambulance Bus (MAB). But an ALS level MAB costs between $500,000 and $1Million dollars. Most communities cannot secure enough grant funding to procure a MAB. 

A Better Approach 

What emergency planners need is a scalable, affordable, and flexible approach to multi-patient transport. 

One option that is being used by many communities is to convert existing transportation assets on a permanent, or as needed basis to handle mass casualty situations. 

By leveraging surplus or end of service school or metro buses, using a conversion kit such as the AmbuBus from First Line Technology, a community can have a vehicle that can transport up to 18 non-critical patients for well under $50,000. 

The organization can often borrow the vehicles for temporary use or buy them for a nominal amount from the school or transportation district. They then purchase one or more AmbuBus conversion kits which cost between $25,000 to $50,000. Once assembled, which takes two people about two hours, the converted AmbuBus can carry up to 18 non-critical patients, two or more EMTs, and medical supplies. 

By having at least one AmbuBus kit permanently installed the community has a multi-patient transport vehicle (MPTV) that can handle mass casualty incidents that have no prior warning. 

They can then purchase additional kits that are unassembled and stored in wooden pallets. These can be stacked up in any available warehouse and used to temporarily convert additional buses for events such as hurricanes. 

Since the installation of the kits does not require any holes to be drilled, the structural integrity of the vehicle is preserved, and it can be returned to regular service after the event.                                                           

For more information, download the free white paper, “A Scalable Approach to Mass Casualty Transport” here

DeconTect

Are You at Risk from Secondary Exposure to Fentanyl?

Are You at Risk from Secondary Exposure to Fentanyl?

Simplified Fentanyl Response Saves Lives and Money

INCIDENT: Officer Exposed During Fatal Overdose Response

LOCATION: Wareham, Massachusetts

RESPONDING DEPARTMENT: Onset Fire Department

Fentanyl is changing the rules of the game for all first responders. There’s no such thing as an easy call anymore. 

Chief Ray Goodwin of the Onset Fire Department in Wareham, Massachusetts can attest to that. A recent incident there resulted in one patient dying, and a police officer hospitalized during the responseIt could have been much worse. 

More responders could have suffered accidental Fentanyl overdose by contact with residual Fentanyl that was on their equipment without realizing it was there. 

According to Chief Goodwin, “Sadly, we have been responding to Heroin overdoses for over 4 decades. In the past few years, we’ve had a significant increase in overdoses. We’ve been encountering Fentanyl in Heroin for quite some time before it was officially recognized.  

At first, we attributed the increased number of overdoses to thinking the supply of heroin we were seeing was purer and not cut as much. Then the intelligence we received from DEA started coming in about the possibility of Fentanyl being mixed with the Heroin. 

I’ve been on the State HazMat Team for about twenty years, so I have experience in decontamination. 

Returning from a recent trip, my Deputy Chief informed me of an incident that had occurred the night before. On a Saturday night, the Department received a report of an overdose and we responded. The police arrived just before us. There was a male patient that was down and repeated doses of Narcan were administered but the patient did not respond.”  

“There was white product all over the table and it was suspected that the patient had been snorting Fentanyl.” 

“During treatment of the patient, one of the police officers on scene started experiencing dizziness, light-headedness, and couldn’t hold himself upright. The patient and the police officer were transported to the hospital and our responders returned to the station. None of the fire department personnel had any symptoms of exposure. 

Because this Fentanyl threat is relatively new, we are currently working on our policies and procedures to address this problem. 

Since there was no SOP guidance, the responders had simply wiped the equipment bag down when they had returned. 

The crew was called out for a fire that morning, so I went to the scene to examine the truck and the equipment. 

Luckily, I had some Fentanyl test strips and some 200ml kits of Dahlgren Decon that I acquired when I attended the DeconTect Awareness Program training that was conducted for the Commonwealth HazMat Team. I gloved up and put on an N95 mask and started swabbing the vehicle compartment and the first-in bag. I got one negative hit on the bottom of the bag but when I tested the other half of the bag I got a positive hit for Fentanyl. 

I told the Deputy to send the vehicle back to the station with just the driver and send the crew back in other vehicles. 

I mixed the Dahlgren Decon from the kits that I had and applied it to the bag. I removed all the soft stuff from the bag and disposed of it properly and then applied the Dahlgren to the hard stuff from the bag as well as the compartment in the vehicle.  

I notified the State HazMat team and they arrived to assess the situation. We tested some of the gear from the people who had been on the scene as well as the two ambulances and fortunately, they came back negative for Fentanyl. 

The HazMat team and my Deputy tested the incident scene and applied Dahlgren to neutralize the remaining Fentanyl residue. They then tested the area after it had been deconned and had no positive hits for Fentanyl. 

We considered the incident mitigated at that point. The station was mitigated, the vehicle and equipment were mitigated, and the ambulances used were clean. We had a positive outcome and there were no secondary exposures due to contamination. 

It was just a lucky chain of events that I had recently taken the training in hybrid decontamination using FiberTect wipes and Dahlgren Decon to neutralize Fentanyl and had the kits on hand to manage the decontamination process.” 

“If we had not had the Dahlgren Decon on hand, I probably would have had to take the vehicles out-of-service and thrown away the bag and all the equipment.” 

“Some people will tell you that you can use soap and water on Fentanyl but you’re really not neutralizing it if you do that. You’re just diluting it and moving it around. Dahlgren Decon changes the Fentanyl’s chemistry and completely neutralizes it. 

Utilizing two of the available Dahlgren Decon kits I was able to decontaminate the vehicle, the equipment bag and hard equipment, and even the incident scene for under $200 in less than two hours. Without those kits, we would have had a vehicle out-of-service for an extended period and had to pay a cleaning company a significant amount of money to do the same work. For the convenience alone, the Dahlgren Decon is priceless. It’s a game-changer for us. 

Since our responders’ safety is the most important thing, if I would have had to toss the equipment away, I would have done it. It’s just the cost of doing business. But this decontamination process means I don’t have to do that to protect them. 

What I want our fellow responders around the country to understand is that we can respond to these types of incidents effectively. With training, education, and practice, as well as good equipment and policies, we can respond effectively and perform the services our public needs us to do.” 

The Onset Fire District is a 5 square mile area located in the Town of Wareham in South-East Massachusetts near the end of the Cape Cod Canal. The town has a year-round population of 8,900 residents which swells to between 20,000 and 30,000 during the summer months. The Onset Fire Department responds to between 1,500 and 2,000 calls per year. 

The Department has 7 full-time members and 65 on-call members. They respond in a combination model where the station is manned 24 hours a day. The Town of Wareham has an advanced life-saving (ALS) ambulance but the area is remote, so the Fire Department usually arrives on-scene before the ambulance. 

The community is very economically diverse with expensive waterfront properties as well as trailer parks. They have a wide-range of customers for their services. 

Editors Note – Do you have a decontamination response story to share with your counterparts in other departments? Let us know. Email us at news@firstlinetech.com with a brief description of your experience.

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Have You Ever Been Hit with Pepper Spray?

Have You Ever Been Hit with Pepper Spray?

FiberTect Wipes Reduce the Pain Fast 

THE INCIDENT: Removal of Pepper Spray

LOCATION: Springdale, Arkansas

RESPONDING DEPARTMENT: Springdale Fire Department

Your eyes burn. 

Your skin feels like it’s on fire. 

It’s hard to breathe. 

The effects are temporary but are painful enough to deter and stall an attacker.  If you’ve ever been hit with pepper spray, you know you want to get it off you as quick as you can. But the usual techniques of wiping it off with soap, water, and towels is not very effective. 

Captain Todd Andrews of the Springdale Arkansas Fire Department has seen the effects first-hand and has found a better way to remove pepper spray quickly. 

According to Captain Andrews, “When we first got a supply of FiberTect wipes, we went out on a call where a child decided he wanted to spray one of his family members with pepper spray. We were surprised that when we started wiping the pepper spray off the child’s face there was an almost instantaneous relief from the pain caused by the agent. 

Impressed with the effectiveness of the FiberTect wipes, hwas able to utilize this approach during other incidents with similar results. 

Our local police department received a shipment of pepper-spray projectiles commonly referred to as pepper-balls. Recently they utilized one of these pepper-balls while subduing a suspect and he went down immediately. 

Because the agent is contained in oil which sticks to the person it is difficult to remove. I suggested that the medics wipe the patient with the FiberTect wipes before transport. We were again surprised by how quickly the symptoms were relieved. 

We also had another incident where the police department used the pepper spray projectiles to subdue several people and the FiberTect wipes enabled us to quickly remove the pepper spray 

Pepper-spray weapons systems are used by law enforcement, the military, and other organizations. The weapon is used generally in the role of stand-off weapons, where physical proximity to a suspect is deemed dangerous but deadly force is not warranted.  

Training with pepper-spray weapons is another situation where having a supply of FiberTect wipes is helpful.

According to Captain Andrews, Several of our medics operate on the SWAT Team and they were training with the pepper-balls. Of course, they have to get hit by the pepper-balls before they are allowed to use them, so they will understand how effective they are. 

After being shot with the pepper-balls, they were immediately decontaminated with the FiberTect wipes. The FiberTect wipes not only absorbed the vapors and neutralized the active agent but also removed most of the oil in which the pepper-spray is contained.”

“Since then, we’ve put a few FiberTect wipes on each medic unit so that if they encounter the need to remove pepper spray in the field, they’ll have them on hand. This saves us having to send the HazMat Truck to some incidents.

Springdale Fire Department covers the Northern part of Washington County and a portion of Southern Benton County in Northwest Arkansas. The City of Springdale has over 80,000 residents making it the fourth largest city in the state. The city has recently been accredited and is a Class One ISO City. 

Recently, Springdale has been experiencing rapid population growth and the Springdale Fire Department is expanding from six stations to nine. The Department also has over 130 line personnel. Springdale is a very diverse community with a mixture of singlefamily homes, multi-story apartments, hospitals and nursing homes, and large commercial structures. 

Captain Andrews describes the operation of the HazMat Team. “Our station 3 is our dedicated HazMat station with the HazMat truck, a medic unit, and an engine. The Springdale Fire Department currently has five front line engines, two ladders, 4 medic units, an available heavy rescue vehicle, and two brushfire trucks. More units have been ordered and those will be deployed when the city opens Station 7. 

The HazMat team covers the entire town of Springdale and serves the larger region through mutual aid agreements. All the HazMat teams in the region train extensively together throughout the year. In that way, everyone knows each other and can fit into each departments command system when working together on large incidents.”

“Our medic units all now carry a supply of FiberTect wipes that they use any time they encounter any contaminates in the field.” 

FiberTect is a three-layer, inert, flexible, non-woven composite substrate for absorbing and adsorbing chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, and pesticides. 

The FiberTect decontamination wipe can serve as a standalone technology or be used effectively as an integral part of a hybrid decontamination system by using it in conjunction with Dahlgren Decon. 

Editors Note – Do you have a decontamination response story to share with your counterparts in other departments? Let us know. Email us at news@firstlinetech.com with a brief description of your experience. 

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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.

First Line Technology

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 Inc.com, 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 www.inc.com/inc5000.

“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.

 

 

DeconTect

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, tkarney@firstlinetech.com

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

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 sales@firstlinetech.com or call 703-955-7510.

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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 www.firstlinetech.com.

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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 DeconTect@firstlinetech.com or call 703-955-7510.

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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 www.firstlinetech.com.

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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 sales@firstlinetech.com or call 703-955-7510. For more information on Federal Resources please contact customersupport@federalresources.com or call 410-643-7810.

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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 www.firstlinetech.com.

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 www.federalresources.com.