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Chemical Suicide Response/Investigations

Hours: 8
Tuition: $99

Program Information:

Death investigations that involve household chemicals are becoming more prevalent throughout the United States. They expose law enforcement, the fire service and general populations to a variety of health risks and dangers. This 8 hour course of instruction has been designed specifically law enforcement and fire department personnel.  Class participants will recognize the elements of risk associated with these types of suicides and what ordinary household chemical products are used for synthesizing poison gases. Students will gain knowledge of the magnitude of carcinogenic health effects to first responder personnel. During this class several practical scientific experiments will be conducted to demonstrate the reaction of household chemical products in SLEA’s state of the art forensics lab located in the new Homeland Security Education Center.

Topics include:

  • Initial response/first responders

  • Crime scene security

  • Collection of evidence

  • Safety Protocols

  • Risk Assessment

  • Household Chemicals used

  • Carcinogenic effects from exposure

  • Safety equipment

  • Chemical emergencies and first aid

  • Decontamination procedures

**Cancellations for this class must be received by SLEA 35 days prior to the start of the program in order to avoid being billed!**

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Jim Kempinski
Program Manager

Voice: (630) 942-2939

Trisha Augustyn
Administrative Assistant

Voice: (630) 942-2295

General Information

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Fax: (630) 942-3766


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