Dangers of Responding to Unknown Powders: FLIR PRIMED (Multi-Video)

Well-prepared individuals know how to protect themselves and others when facing a hazmat accident or a CBRNE attack.

ASTOR platinumToday’s firefighters, HAZMAT specialists, law enforcement officers, security teams, military personnel, and other emergency responders require frequent training to stay prepared.

FLIR Systems, Four-Time Winner of the 2016 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, including Top Honors for Best CBRNE Detection Systemhas launched a new educational resource, FLIR PRIMED (Prepare, Recognize, Input, Monitor, Experience, Decision).

In FLIR PRIMED episode 11, Grant Coffey, retired Portland Fire & Rescue Hazmat Team Coordinator and CBRNE expert, covers safe scene risk assessment, what to look for, and who to call when responding to an unknown powder.

This episode focuses on narcotics.

FLIR is leveraging their vast knowledge, expertise and connections to bring free educational videos to first responders online.

These quick videos explain overall concepts from how to stay prepared.

(Courtesy of FLIR Systems and YouTube)

Download these free guides:

  • On-Scene Checklist: Unknown Powders
  • FLIR Application Note: GC/MS Identification of Unknown White Powders, Fentanyl and Heroin

Hot Topics for Today’s Responders

FLIR PRIMED is a free, online tool that provides First Responders with best practices for HAZMAT accidents and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and/or Explosives (CBRNE) attacks.

FLIR PRIMED delivers best practices, industry insights, and real-life experiences that help you stay prepared.

Class is now in session.

Whether the mission is preventive, reactive, or intelligence-driven, responders can stay prepared with FLIR PRIMED, a free source of cutting-edge insights with a focus on “street truth”, best practices, field checklists, and other CBRNE information.

Episode 7: Hazard Zones & PPE

(FLIR PRIMED – Episode 7: In FLIR PRIMED episode 7, Grant covers the three basic hazard zone areas and four levels of personal protective equipment (PPE). Courtesy of FLIR and YouTube)

EPISODE GUIDE: Know the zones and what you should be wearing – Available soon


(FLIR PRIMED – Episode 6: In FLIR PRIMED episode 6, Grant discusses on-scene considerations like the states of matter, toxicity, flammability, and chemical families. Courtesy of FLIR and YouTube)

Chemical events are extremely dangerous and hard to battle. There are thousands of chemical agents and some are extremely toxic.

A primary rule for responding to a Chemical event is to identify what form or STATE the chemical is in.

EPISODE GUIDE: States of Matter and What’s in a Chemical Name?

Episode 5: BIO

(FLIR PRIMED – Episode 5: In FLIR PRIMED episode 5, Grant discusses appropriate PPE and what actions to take at a suspected bio-threat scene. Courtesy of FLIR and YouTube)

Biological agents are some of the most toxic substances known to man. But unlike other agents, their effects are usually delayed and can spread like wildfire unseen.

What to do when bio-agent is suspected?

EPISODE 5 GUIDE: Bio Toxins and Lethal Dose

To view Episodes 1 – 4, please visit https://americansecuritytoday.com/flir-primed-competes-astors-homeland-security-awards/.

FLIR Systems at a Glance

FLIR is delivering tools that can be used right now to keep responders, their team and the public safe.

FLIR Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment.


FLIR PRIMED – Your source for CBRNE best practices, field checklistscutting-edge training, and street truth.

FLIR PRIMED has also updated the website making it easier for you to access videos and downloads on your mobile device.

Stay tuned for future episodes like:

  • All about the radiation term ALARA
  • TICs – not just for fires?
  • The dangers of kitchen chemistry

FLIR PRIMED in 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’


As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, the FLIR PRIMED will be competing against the industries leading providers of innovative Homeland Security Education Programs.

Good luck to FLIR PRIMED on becoming a Winner of the 2017 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!