Chemical and radiation threat detection equipment for firefighter safety

Quickly and easily assess hazardous situations

As the first responders to an emergency, fire fighters may be walking into an unknown chemical or radiological hazard. These threats to firefighter safety can range from flammable and explosive materials to industrial chemicals that may be precursors for explosives or chemical warfare agents. Unsecured radioactive sources can lead to catastrophic scenarios for emergency response teams and can have devastating, long-term implications for the surrounding community. Thermo Scientific radiation detection, measurement, and chemical identification instruments support firefighters and first responders by helping them to avoid delays between observation and action that could cause harm to themselves and the public.

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Provide high performance radiation detection and radionuclide analysis for any scenario. Our portable instruments quickly distinguish between naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) and radiation from man-made sources such as nuclear weapons, improvised nuclear devices (INDs), or radiological dispersal devices (RDDs).

Firefighters may be called on to analyze and identify potentially explosive chemicals, unlabeled spilled material, or the contents of illegally dumped drums containing toxic chemicals. Our portable chemical analyzers and radiation detectors ensure firefighter safety and enable first responders to take appropriate action in the hazard zone.

Prevent the spread of radioactive contamination to keep facilities safe and outside areas secure. Our radiation detection and measurement systems provide early warning of airborne radiation threats, detect radiation contamination at critical infrastructure, and clear personnel quickly in radiation controlled areas.


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