Biodetection: Issues & Answers
July 23, 2009 | 1:00PM EDT
Ever since the Amerithrax attacks of 2001 a national debate has raged regarding field bio-detection. The range of issues between laboratories and public health agencies versus responders is wide and varied. As yet, no solution has been fully developed and implemented, leaving us without an acceptable level of preparedness, despite $85 billion in federal homeland security grants.
However, progress is being made. Successful engagement of stakeholders, coupled with local/regional successes and a growing consensus are leading toward a national strategy and resolution the issues. Fire departments and hazmat teams should be aware of the way forward for bio-detection and should begin now to build the collaborations and capabilities that are proving effective.