Safe Response to Clandestine Drug Lab Operations Training Program is Released by Emergency Film Group

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This new video-based training program for police, firefighters and other emergency personnel provides effective training in response to meth labs, a growing problem for public safety personnel in many communities.

In the past decade, the problem of clandestine drug labs has skyrocketed as the methampetamine phenomenon spreads from rural locations to cities, and from the western states eastward. As the number of illicit drug operations expands, so do the hazards to the community and to emergency personnel, who are likely to discover a lab during a routine response. Emergency Film Group of Edgartown, MA has produced "Response to Illicit Drug Labs," a training program for law enforcement, firefighters, hazmat teams, environmental response personnel and others who may be involved in a raid at an illegal lab, or who may unexpectedly discover one. To view a free preview clip of this program, visit

Using training exercises that simulate a clandestine drug lab, "Response to Illicit Drug Labs" portrays the methods cookers use to manufacture meth, which is the drug most commonly manufactured illegally. The program studies the hazards found at active labs, boxed (inactive) labs and dump sites - including weapons and booby traps - and also tells how to identify potential clandestine drug operations. Other topics covered by the program include respiratory protection and protective clothing for responders; decontamination; how meth abuse affects the body; dealing with waste disposal; and lab site clean-up.

Included in the package are a 24-minute DVD or video, a special 8-minute bonus feature that examines the hazardous properties of chemicals commonly found at a lab site, and a 120-slide Power Point presentation that can be customized by the Instructor and used as the basis of a training seminar.

Technical advisors for "Response to Illicit Drug Labs" include Jay T. Barton, a 17-year veteran of Oklahoma law enforcement who is Clandestine Laboratory and Site Safety Officer Certified; James Creighton Director of the Illinois State Police Meth Lab Metro Enforcement Group of Southwest Illinois; Steve Hergenreter of Fort Dodge (IA) Fire & Rescue, a Master Instructor for the International Association of Fire Fighters WMD/Hazmat Training Department; John Meyers, a retired chemist with US Drug Enforcement Agency who participated in the seizure of over 75 laboratories; and August Vernon, Assistant Coordinator for the Forsyth County (NC) Office of Emergency Management. It was filmed on location in Missouri and Illinois with the help of local response organizations.

Emergency Film Group uses leading professionals in emergency response and film production to create authoritative and accurate training programs for fire departments, hazmat teams, emergency management, police, EMS, the military and other emergency responders. Winner of more than 130 awards in national and international competitions, the company addresses such timely topics as incident management, terrorism response, homeland security, hazardous materials, protective clothing, and air monitoring.

For more information, or for a free color catalog describing all programs available from the Emergency Film Group, call 800 842-0999 or 508 627-8844. Program descriptions are available on-line at


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