Johnston Sun RiseDisaster restoration specialists from 24 Trauma (part of 24) recently gave detectives from Johnston and nearly 50 other communities and organizations a specialized training seminar detailing the best way to handle hazardous materials, especially those involving biohazards and infectious diseases.

“Detectives can be in danger long after a crime is committed if there were biohazard pathogens involved,” said 24 Trauma CEO Mike Wiseman. “Our goal is to make them aware of all possible dangers that may not be as obvious, but can be every bit as harmful as an encounter with a criminal.”

The organization offers services to help property owners and managers recover from various types of property disasters. It partners with local first responders and insurance companies to serve the public, and performs various on-site tasks including commercial and home restoration, biohazard cleanup and flood, fire and mold remediation.

Attended by Major Tom Dolan and BCI Detectives Josh Heywood and Mark Bairos, the objective of the seminar was to inform detectives of the possible exposures they may encounter on the job and the correct types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for protection. The seminar also covered the best way to decontaminate after exposure to hazardous materials as well as the best way to clean their equipment. The demonstration is one in a series of seminars 24 Trauma provides to local police and fire departments across New England. 

The training took place at the Pawtucket Country Club at a special crime scene training program called “Death Investigation and Crime Scene Safety,” put on through a collaboration with 24 and the Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s office. Police departments from across Rhode Island were in attendance, including Providence, Woonsocket, Smithfield, Barrington, Central Falls and Warwick.