The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is set to publish a report later this year to outline the results of itsÂ recentÂ assessment of threeÂ field portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometersÂ usedÂ to chemically analyze substances.Â
DHSÂ S&T’sÂ System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders Program developed the evaluationÂ to assess the field instruments’ capabilitiesÂ and help emergency responder organizations decide on which instrument is best suited to their needs and requirements, the department said Tuesday.
During the assessment, a group of seven first responder evaluators operatedÂ the chemical identification devices and tested their capabilities to analyze samples from common, non-toxic, consumer products.Â
The evaluators, which included policemen and firefighters, rated the affordability, deployability, usability, capability and maintainability of each instrument based on their needs in the field.
DHS S&T collaborated with the Department of Energyâs Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the assessment, which took placeÂ at the Seattle Joint Training Facility in Washington.Â