Ensuring the Safety of First Responders with Handheld Photoionisation Detectors

When it comes to providing industry-leading emergency spill response as well as safe and effective environmental remediation services, Lone Star Hazmat Response has led the way for over 15 years.

Ensuring the Safety of First Responders with Handheld Photoionisation Detectors

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The company has progressively enhanced its capabilities and now controls four strategically located rapid response centers in eastern Texas, enabling rapid deployment whenever an emergency requires its services.

The Lone Star Hazmat Response Team, which is made up of hazmat specialists and incident commanders, works in close collaboration with first responders, including firefighters, paramedics, and police, to deliver key support across a range of hazardous materials incidents.

These emergencies include roadside spills involving oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel, product transfer for incidences where fluid must be transferred from a compromised vehicle to another, or in the unfortunate event of an oil, gas, or saltwater release.

To determine the presence of potentially harmful VOCs at hazardous materials incidents, Texas-based Lone Star Hazmat Response utilizes a handheld TigerLT volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor from ION Science.

Chosen for its simple use, rapid start, and humidity-resistant design, the entry-level photoionization detector (PID) allows the emergency spill and land remediation specialist to improve efficiencies through rapid and accurate identification of the level of protection required by first responders.

After meeting ION Science at the TCEQ trade conference and learning more about its products, we chose the TigerLT handheld PID as it met our cost and functionality requirements.

Richard Lenius, General Manager, Lone Star Hazmat Response

Lone Star Hazmat Response employs PID instruments to rapidly identify the presence of gases and vapors. Monitoring the ambient air for parts per million (ppm) and parts per billion (ppb) concentrations of VOCs means that the company can immediately evaluate the danger and quickly establish if leaking fugitive gases are toxic.

During testing the instrument proved extremely easy to operate and ready to use immediately after powering on. As we get called out to all kinds of environments, I was also particularly drawn to the instrument’s humidity resistance and anti-contamination design especially as our other PIDs had failed on humid days.

Richard Lenius, General Manager, Lone Star Hazmat Response

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