Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Incidents

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Incidents

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incidents demand rapid response and information gathering from response agencies due to concerns for public safety. However, scenes involving threats from explosives, chemicals, toxins or radioactive materials, present challenges that must be carefully addressed if the incident is to be handled successfully.

Department of Homeland Security TrainingWhen the environment at the scene is hazardous, responders are forced to operate in high levels of protective equipment which greatly reduce dexterity and decrease work time in the scene. The tools and equipment familiar to conventional scenes may no longer be feasible to operate in a hazardous environment. As demonstrated in Department of Homeland Security training (Advanced Forensics for Hazardous Environments, DHS Course # PER_228) cameras and measuring tools used to document typical crime scenes may be impossible to effectively operate in a hazardous environment. However, Leica Geosystems solutions can excel in this environment due to their long range, accuracy, and speed, as well as integrated camera systems. The scanners can also be remotely controlled with secure wireless connections allowing the scene to be remotely viewed, photographed and scanned in 3D by an operator who is safely positioned in a hazard free area. The information that is captured can be shared immediately with Incident Commanders to assist in awareness and decision making.National Center for Biomedical Research and Training




  • Non-contact measurements reduce possibility of cross contamination
  • Long range allows operation from safe distances
  • Remote operation prevents operator from entering contaminated areas
  • Rapidly share data with others
  • Investigators can analyze and measure scene from any perspective
  • Dynamic presentations for briefings and court proceedings


National Center for Biomedical Research and Training

This course which features use of the Leica ScanStation provides participants with the essential skills to investigate a hazardous environment crime scene for the identification, documentation, presumptive forensic testing, collection, packaging, preservation and transportation of hazardous environment forensic evidence.

The course addresses these areas by following the FBI 12-step crime scene management process as applied to a highconsequence event. This enables participants to properly collect evidence that may be used in a criminal prosecution. Finally, the course enhances the participants’ ability to provide expert testimony for the successful prosecution of the perpetrators of a criminal hazardous environment.

Link: http://www.ncbrt.lsu.edu/catalog/performance/forensic.aspx