GC-MS is More than Just Another Meter (See FLIR PRIMED New 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 12, Grant Coffey, retired Portland Fire & Rescue Hazmat Team Coordinator and CBRNE expert, provides a brief overview of what a GC-MS can do:

GC-MS is the gold-standard confirmatory technology used by labs to analyze chemical samples, but the need for this capability extends beyond the lab and into the field.

Did you know a GC-MS can be used to identify narcotics and the opioid sub-class?

Fentanyl is a growing opioid epidemic and poses a significant threat to responders.

This episode provides a brief overview of what a GC-MS can do:

  • Like the types of chemicals it can identify
  • How it complements other detection technologies in the responder tool kit, and
  • The field applications it supports

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

This quick video explains overall concepts from how to stay prepared.

(Courtesy of FLIR Systems and YouTube)

Download these free guides:

  • “On-Scene Checklist: “Chemical Response Tools from Colorimetric Tests to GC-MS”

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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.

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!

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