Smiths Detection expert to present at International Association of Fire Chiefs’ 2015 Hazmat Conference

Smiths Detection hazmat expert Dr. Chris Weber has been selected to give two presentations at the industry’s flagship event, the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference 2015. Dr. Weber’s proposals were accepted out of more than 150 entries submitted to the event, which will be held May 28-31 in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Weber will partner with renowned Battalion Chief (Ret.) Richard Dufek of the Carmel (IN) Fire Department to first present “Tactical Chemistry for Emergency Responders”. Described as “not your average chemistry class,” the duo will show how chemistry fundamentally impacts product behavior, and the detection and identification of unknown materials. They will also explore best practices and mitigation tools and techniques in hazardous materials response. The chemistry of hazardous materials will come alive through scenario-based demonstrations and chemical identification exercises using basic and advanced detection and identification equipment.

Dr. Weber will also present a session named “Illicit Labs – What Could They Be Making?” The presentation will cover the handling, inner workings and functions of dangerous and complex illicit drug, explosive, and chemical warfare agent laboratories as well as tactical differences between them. Tools and methods used to distinguish between different types of labs – such as drug, explosive, and chemical agent – will be highlighted. Detection and identification equipment – much of which is designed and manufactured by Smiths Detection – plays a crucial role in illicit lab identification. Dr. Weber will present with John Meyers, a trainer with JAM Training and a retired DEA chemist.

Terry Gibson, President of Smiths Detection Inc., said, “Sharing our expertise with and learning from the emergency response community demonstrates Smiths Detection’s continued commitment to providing first responders with the tools and training needed to help them remain safe while protecting and serving their communities.”

Smiths Detection Inc. designs and makes advanced systems and solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. It manufactures specialized products and manages programs for customers such as the US Department of Defense and Homeland Security Agencies. Smiths Detection Inc. has its US headquarters in Edgewood, MD, and partners with federal and state government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. It is the US subsidiary of Smiths Detection, a world leader in safety and security technologies, and part of Smiths Group, a global technology business. Smiths Group employs some 23,000 people around the world, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states.