Four police officers and an EMS crew were quarantined at an area hospital after Chemical Suicide Response.
As police officers, we are frequently the first to arrive at all types of scenes. If you encounter anything out-of-the-ordinary that suggests the presence of dangerous chemicals, back off and call for assistance. Sucking in a lungful of deadly chemicals doesn’t help anyone.
Don’t forget to be mindful of chemicals on calls other than suicides. For example, these Florida deputies walked into a suspected meth lab when responding to a domestic violence call. Meth labs can be exceptionally dangerous.
It may not be realistic to equip every officer with a portable chemical detector, but having at least one Morphix Chameleon on the shift isn’t a bad idea. I’d argue for more, especially considering how inexpensive and easy they are to use. When we are talking about the lives of police officers, something as useful as the Chameleon should be a no-brainer. But considering how many police administrators are bean counters and not cops, well, no-brains does seem to apply.