Clandestine Laboratory Hazards and Assessment for First Responders
|May 16, 2024 - May 17, 2024
|8:00AM - 12:00PM MST
Recognizing the Hazards of Clandestine Labs and Narcotics
In today’s robust drug market, many of the narcotics are prepared, pressed, mixed or manufactured in clandestine laboratories. In many cases these are discovered by first responders who are typically the least equipped to mitigate the hazards.
Using the “knowledge is power” concept, this class is designed to help officers and investigators recognize and understand the basics of clandestine laboratory operations and the hazards associated with them. The student will gain a working knowledge of drug production for the majority of the abused narcotics and present a well-rounded introduction into the identification of various Clan Labs.
All manufacture operations have hazards, from the basic marijuana grow and cannabis extraction operation to the fentanyl manufacture and pill press operation, the instructor will present recent, real-world investigations, images and videos of labs that law enforcement or firefighters have discovered. Students will be instructed on the various methods to make basic emergency mitigation decisions, levels of personal protective gear that are best for each type of encounter and how to document and describe the lab to a responding supervisor or clan lab team.
This course is not designed to teach the student how to disassemble or investigate the laboratory, but in the 8 hour class it will provide a good comprehensive overview of the types of clandestine laboratories a first responder may encounter and how they can survive them.
Both days will include extensive real world examples and group solving scenarios.
Topics could be interchanged between days based on class audience.