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					Hazardous Materials Response Team Unit
                           Operational
                            Response
                              Section
Our Mission

HM Units provides technical
 and scientific support to
 FBI investigations
 involving hazardous
 materials, including
 Weapons of Mass
 Destruction

• Hazardous Materials Response Team Unit
• Hazardous Materials Science Response Unit
• Hazardous Materials Operations Unit
Support to FBI Investigations

•   WMD Threat assessment
•   Scientific or technical assessment
•   Hazmat crime scene management
•   Hazard risk assessment
•   Site safety and medical support
•   Incident Command support
•   Evidence collection
•   Decontamination
    – Chemical, biological, radiological
• Hazardous evidence transportation
• Domestic and international missions
FBI Responsibilities

• Identify, detect, deter and disrupt terrorist
  operations before they occur
• Primary jurisdiction to investigate, apprehend
  and bring to prosecution those responsible
  for acts of terrorism
• WMD Crime Scene Operations
• WMD Forensics
• Render Safe Operations
• Terrorism Investigations
Hazardous Materials Response Teams


                   • 28 Teams
                   • Respond to incidents with
                     support of HMRU
                   • Collateral duty – SA’s,
                     Task Force Officers
                     including JTTF,
                     professional support staff
Hazardous Materials Response Teams

• Initial assessment
• Identify, preserve, document, and collect
  evidence in a hazardous environment
Evidence Recovery

• Effective laboratory analysis depends on
  –   Recognition
  –   Recovery
  –   Packaging
  –   Documentation
Quality Control

• Avoid cross-contamination
  – Do not re-use sterile equipment or supplies
  – Change gloves between each sample
• Control Blanks
  – Always include for every lot number
• Control Samples
  – Uncontaminated environmental samples
WMD Coordinators
• Liaison with Federal, State, and local
  response agencies
• Conduit to FBIHQ for technical information,
  advice, and assistance
• Pre-Event Planning and Prevention
• At least one WMD Coordinator in each office
• Contacted by State and local Emergency
  Responders for WMD threat or incident
   SSA Lisa J. Ference
Lisa.Ference@IC.FBI.gov

				
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