Handheld, portable photoionisation detectors help emergency services, fire and rescue to detect volatile organic compounds from ignitable liquids

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering the county of Merseyside in north-west England and is the statutory Fire and Rescue Authority responsible for all 999 fire brigade calls in Sefton, Knowsley, St. Helens, Liverpool and Wirral.

Over a five-year period, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service attended more than 1,500 incidents where fires were deliberately set using ignitable liquids. This is an average of six incidents every week.

In the on-going fight against arson-related incidents, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is using TigerLT photoionisation detectors (PIDs) from ION Science leading manufacturer of high performance gas detection instrumentation for global occupational health and environmental monitoring applications to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from ignitable liquids that have been used in the development of a fire.

Supplied by ION Science’s UK-based distributor Shawcity, the handheld, portable TigerLT PID instruments have helped reduce costs and increase quality by preventing non-contaminated samples being sent for lab analysis.

“The Tiger PIDs perform well. Our fire investigators take an instrument to each and every one of the 300 plus incidents they attend each year.”

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