First Response Responders possess over 16 years of previous of working with Police, Fire and Property Owners with the break down and disposal of Clandestine Labs and Grow Ops. It is a natural progression for First Response to provide the much needed expertise in these areas.
The hazards linked to indoor, large-scale marijuana grow operations include high carbon monoxide levels; severe mold, exposure to chemicals, pesticides and fertilizer; and more. To cultivate the marijuana, significant illegal modifications are made to the homes or structures used to house marijuana operations: holes for ventilation; water supply; electricity for lighting and appliances; and tampering with organic, fuel-fired furnaces and hot water heaters to provide heat, humidity and carbon dioxide.
Meth can be made almost anywhere, and commercial buildings, houses, apartments, hotel rooms, trailers, barns, vans and storage units are just some of the structures used for labs. Although many are located in rural areas for privacy, meth labs can be found in urban and suburban areas. At time of writing, FRE is under contract to the OPP and various other law enforcement agencies including but not limited to Hamilton Police Services. FRE actually has an indoor police training area that houses an active (but simulated) drug lab and murder scene trauma unit.
The danger of fire and explosions is always present in meth lab operations, and even after they are dismantled, meth labs can leave a toxic trail of chemical dust and vapours that can seep into adjacent spaces, including neighbouring homes, apartments and hotel rooms. Walls, floors, toys, furniture, ventilation systems, plumbing fixtures, septic systems and surrounding soil can be contaminated and may require professional decontamination.
Anyone unfamiliar with a crystal meth lab could be putting their life at risk if they don’t know what they’re walking into.