DEA New Jersey Division and United States Congressman Christopher H. Smith Hosts One Day Training
NOV 20 --(NEWARK) – Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division in cooperation with U.S. Congressman Christopher H. Smith (4th District, New Jersey) conducted a one-day seminar on methamphetamine safety and awareness for first responders on Monday, November 19, 2007 at the New Jersey State Police Hamilton Technology Center located in Hamilton, New Jersey.
SAC McAleer stated, “DEA New Jersey Division is committed to fighting the spread of this toxic and most dangerous drug methamphetamine and its by products that could harm our children, environment, and our partners in law enforcement throughout New Jersey. It’s our responsibility to educate and provide the best training for our first responders so that they don’t become victims themselves.”
Over 75 personnel attended this training program designed to prepare police officers, firefighters, and EMTs to recognize specialized problems and hazards associated with the production of methamphetamine. Topics which were covered included: History and Effects of Methamphetamine, Emerging Trends in Methamphetamine Production, and Clandestine Laboratories Awareness. The objective of the course is to enable the first responder emergency personnel to be able to recognize and identify a methamphetamine or clandestine laboratory while answering a fire, medical, or other emergency call and apply techniques for overall safety.