Assistant Chief Northampton Fire Rescue Department Northampton, MA
Portable instrumentation in use for safety and security applications generally give rapid and reliable results. However there is a further source of information available by evaluating the spectra and using the on-site information to verify the instrument results. In the case of inconclusive results, evaluation of spectral features can also provide information to the user. This session will focus on evaluating the spectra and information available on-site to narrow down the search and help answer the questions of: -Does the spectra indicate a specific class of narcotic such as opioid, cathinone, cannabinoid or amphetamine? -Which spectral features are present for these classes of materials? -As well as narcotics, spectral features relevant to classes of materials in explosives and CWAs will be presented and discussed. This session will present how understanding the spectra may assist with on-site knowledge to narrow down what is present at a site and include hands-on material scanning.
How to use a portable analytical detector to identify material spectra.
How to evaluate portable analyzer spectra to determine material class (i.e. opioid, cathinone, cannabinoid, amphetamine, etc).
What features are relevant to different material classes.