Technical Hazards Response
The Technical Hazards Response Unit (THRU) is responsible for protecting over 1,800 men and women in the Laboratory Division’s Forensic Response Portfolio by providing on-site expertise in health and safety matters, paramedic medical care, complex evidence access, and operational logistics, as well as delivering accredited health and safety training. The unit manages all safety equipment utilized by the field Evidence Response Teams (ERTs) and Hazardous Evidence Response Teams (HERTs), as well as the Laboratory Division’s regional response infrastructure.
THRU personnel come from diverse health and safety, public safety, and military backgrounds. They are trained and certified in a variety of specialized areas, including emergency management; paramedic medical care; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) occupational safety and health; and rope, confined space, and trench operations. Most operational personnel are classified as forensic operations specialists with an emphasis in hazardous materials, but the unit also houses specialists in logistics and telecommunications, in addition to management and program analysts.