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Events and Activities

PNNL’s Biodetection Technology group routinely interacts with state and local officials and members of the first responder community at workshops and seminars. Our goal is to better understand first responder priorities and concerns so that we may advance and deliver impactful solutions.

Recent Meetings and Conferences

PNNL has presented updates on the test and evaluation of over 2 dozen biodetection technologies screened with anthrax, ricin, and environmental powders at various meetings over the past few years, including:

  • Working Meeting with First Responders from the Pacific Northwest hosted by PNNL
  • Biodetection Technologies:  Technological Advances in Detection and Identification of Biological Threats 
  • Continuing Challenge Hazmat Workshop
  • CBRNE World Meeting
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) International Decontamination Research and Development Conference
  • IFPAC International Forum and Exhibition Process Analytic Technology Meeting
  • InterAgency Board Meeting (IAB)
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Hazardous Materials Conference
  • Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Annual Meeting
  • DHS System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders Program (SAVER) Working Group

Past Events

International Association of Fire Chiefs Conference (IAFC)

Fire Responders participating in the IAFC Panel Discussion:  (L-R) Robert Ingram (FDNY), Grady Poole (Seattle Fire), and Jeremy Clancy (Howard County Fire)

May 29-June 1, 2014 - PNNL was selected to present a session at the recent IAFC meeting at the end of May 2014.  This 90 minute session, “Biodetection 101,” presented highlights of recent test results as well as included a panel discussion comprised of hazmat experts from across the nation.  Key gaps identified during the panel discussion included the need for independent biodetection instrument and assay testing and the need for standardized testing. Meeting attendees praised the session, welcoming the discussion on this very important topic to the first responder community.

PNNL Booth at IAFC Meeting.


PNNL project team members staffed booth during the IAFC meeting too, which displayed results from recent test, allowed for meeting attendees to beta test a biodetection iOs app, and interact directly with PNNL scientists.




HazMat Annual Conference and Expo

PNNL’s Rich Ozanich speaks to Captain Tyrone Clark, 10th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Washington Air National Guard.

August 19-22, 2013 - PNNL’s Ann Lesperance and Rich Ozanich recently attended the HazMat Annual Conference and Expo held in Wenatchee, Washington. The Expo brought together Fire, Civil Support Teams, and Hazmat teams from around the state for weeklong lectures, short courses, and presentations that featured some of the latest emergency approaches, techniques, and tools.

Lesperance and Ozanich interfaced with HazMat and Special Operations teams from fire service, law enforcement, and military personnel to workers in public works and private industry.

Biodetection Technologies Workshop

Representatives from Washington State firefighters, Hazardous Materials teams, Public Health Laboratories, Navy Region Northwest, Joint Base Lewis McChord, 10th Civil Support Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the private sector (Boeing), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are assembled to provide information on biodetection information need, gaps, and priorities.

May 31, 2012 – As part of our PNNL’s mission to create partnerships with first responders that provide value to all parties, PNNL brought together hazardous material HazMat teams and other agencies involved bioevent response to identify and discuss current priority needs and gaps related to biodetection equipment and information.  Washington State firefighters and HazMat response team members from 17 jurisdictions and representatives from the Washington State Department of Health Public Health Laboratories, Navy Region Northwest, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington State 10th Civil Support Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the private sector (Boeing), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security convened in Seattle, Washington for a day of discussion and demonstrations of selected polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based technologies that PNNL is evaluating.  The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) sponsored this working meeting.

The results of the working meeting will assist DHS S&T in understanding and prioritizing first responder biodetection equipment and information needs.  A report including summaries of the information presented and discussed at the working meeting and the key first responder biodetection equipment and information needs identified in the first responder interviews and during the working meeting was provided to the attendees and DHS S&T.

PNNL Biodetection Resource

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