Federal Resources completes acquisition of KD Analytical

The acquisition builds upon Federal Resources’ mission to increase market penetration and provide its customers with complete life-cycle sustainment solutions.

Stevensville, MD — Federal Resources Supply Company (FRSC), a leading government contracting company, announced today that it has acquired KD Analytical Consulting, Inc. The acquisition significantly expands upon Federal Resources’ current success in providing high-quality, cost-effective total life-cycle solutions for its customers in first response and special mission operations of Department of Defense, state and local agencies, first responders, navy fleet and commercial marine organizations. In addition, KD Analytical’s expertise in critical infrastructure protection and environmental analysis greatly advances Federal Resources’ capability to serve these complementary markets.

Founded in 2003, Harrisburg, PA based KD Analytical Consulting, Inc. (KDA) is a leader in the support of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) detection equipment and provides worldwide mission sustainment, technical support, service and training to government and military first responders, critical infrastructure protection and environmental analytical clients. The company provides technical support and repair services to some of the largest CBRNE response organizations in the United States.

“KDA’s market-leading technical services, high caliber management team, and its commitment to quality are a perfect fit with Federal Resources’ mission and values,” said Robert McWilliams, Chief Executive Officer, FRSC. “Bringing these unique capabilities into our company significantly improves our ability to service what we sell, providing end-to-end sustainment solutions for our customers who protect the nation.”

“By teaming with one of the nation’s most successful, growth-oriented government contracting companies, KDA can leverage FRSC’s resources and market penetration to enhance its leadership position and deliver our complementary services to a much wider audience,” said Patrick Dempsey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, KDA. “We are pleased to combine our strengths and offer improved solutions to the military, first responder, critical infrastructure protection, and homeland security communities we serve.”

About Federal Resources

Founded in 1986, Federal Resources provides mission critical solutions to United States Military, Department of Defense, Federal Government, and State and Local first responder markets. This team of industry professionals combines expertise in innovative technologies with best practices in business procurement to provide customers with total life cycle solutions. From generation of requirements to decommissioning and technical refreshment, Federal Resources encompasses all areas of life cycle management.

CONTACTS

Jason Stallings
Federal Resources
410-630-8458
marketing@federalresources.com

Ian Schaefer
KD Analytical
866-308-7102

Revisiting PROTECT

In the April 2016 edition of Domestic Preparedness, Ian Schaefer recounts the twenty-year history of PROTECT, a real-time chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) system for detection, surveillance, and crisis management for the nation’s critical infrastructure. The system currently protects 200 million transit passengers per year in some of the largest and most challenging environments in the United States. KD Analytical and Argonne National Laboratory are currently working together to tailor this system for various transit and other critical infrastructure environments.

Read the case study ».

Round-up of Free Apps and Resources for CBRNE/HazMat Responders

A brief summary of free apps and resources sources for CBRNE/HazMat responders.

Here we’ve compiled a brief summary of freely available tools and resources sources for CBRNE/HazMat responders. We’ll be adding to more items to this listing as we continue our research. Are we missing something? Please post a comment or send us an email!

You may also be interested in our round-up of Independent Sources of CBRNE Detector Information.

HAZMATIQ ECHARTS APP

Federal Resources’ mobile version of the highly-regarded HazMatIQ Charts for quickly determining the appropriate response to a HazMat incident. Available for Android and iOS devices.

Get the HazMatIQ eCharts App »

PHMSA Emergency Response Guidelines App

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration offers a free mobile web app of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2012 (ERG). The new safety tool provides U.S. emergency responders with easily accessible information to help manage hazardous material incidents. This software is available for iOS and Android devices.

Get the ERG App »

JUST IN TIME DISASTER TRAINING

This online video library is maintained by Disaster Resistant Communities Group. It covers disaster-related mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery training for a wide variety areas including hazardous materials response.

Check out Just In Time Disaster Training »

CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL/RADIOLOGICAL INCIDENT HANDBOOK

This older handbook (last updated 1998) available from the CIA website provides basic information to first responders for use in making a preliminary assessment of a situation when a possible chemical, biological agent or radiological material is suspected.

Visit the CBR Incident Handbook »

NBC INDUSTRY GROUP HANDBOOK

Industry advocates, the NBC Industry Group, publishes this sourcebook of its member manufacturers, vendors, and service providers. The 194-page 2014 PDF version is free to download.

Download the NBC Industry Group Handbook »

KD Analytical among awardees of $900M JPEO-CBD Support Contract

Seventeen contractors will compete for task orders under the four year, multi-award IDIQ.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, the U.S. Army announced it has awarded a position on a potential $900 million contract to KD Analytical to provide logistics support services for the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.

KD Analytical and 16 additional contractors named in the award will compete for individual task orders under the multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract over a period of four years. The contract work is estimated to be completed by January 11, 2020.

JPEO-CBD performs research and development work and oversees the procurement and deployment of biological and chemical detection systems, decontamination platforms, information management tools, collective protection equipment, drugs, vaccines and medical devices.

 

Independent Sources of CBRNE Detector Information

The web is filled with CBRNE product listings, but many are simply advertising placements from the equipment manufacturers. Here we’ve compiled a brief summary of the few, truly independent sources of detailed information on CBRNE detection equipment.

The web is filled with CBRNE product listings, but many of these are simply advertising placements from the equipment manufacturers. Here we’ve compiled a brief summary of the few, truly independent sources of detailed information on CBRNE detection equipment. Each one has a unique focus: technical specifications; technology validation; maintenance and repair; and suitable applications. Are we missing something? Please post a comment or send us an email!

CBRNE Tech Index

An extensive database of CBRNE detection equipment and product specifications—ranging from simple test strips to large-scale laboratory devices—assembled by independent testing and evaluation firm, MRI Global. The database is organized by threat type, detection technology, and application. Users can compare various products and extensive set of technical specifications.

Visit CBRNE Tech Index »

DHS SAVER

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate established the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program to assist emergency responders making procurement decisions. While searching and filtering this database can be somewhat cumbersome, the information it contains provides detailed assessments of a wide range of responder equipment.

Visit DHS SAVER »

READITRAK CBRNE KNOWLEDGE BASE

As part of KD Analytical’s ReadiTrak™ instrument maintenance management platform, the CBRNE Knowledge Base is a large and growing library of CBRNE detector maintenance, repair, and operations information including FAQs, troubleshooting, standard operating procedures and equipment documentation. A significant portion of the knowledge base is now available for free, without a ReadiTrak subscription.

Visit ReadiTrak CBRNE Knowledge Base »

WMD Detector Selector

The U.S. Army’s database of detection and diagnostic technologies based on the Global CBRN Detector Market Survey. A unique feature of this searchable catalog is each technology is scored by its suitability for four scenarios of use: field/man portable, mobile/field laboratory, diagnostic laboratory/point of care, and high sensitivity/high throughput analytical laboratory.

Visit WMD Detector Selector » 

Job Opening: Analytical Scientist

Note: Applications are no longer being accepted for this position. To learn more about other open positions at KD, visit the KD Analytical Careers Page.

Join KD Analytical’s team of CBRNE/HazMat detector experts! We are currently seeking to fill one analytical scientist position in Lexington, KY.

Technical support professionals needed to help evaluate and maintain a fleet of portable hazardous material detection and analytical equipment. Responsibilities will include daily operational checks of all instrument systems currently in our fleet. Results must be documented both manually and electronically in an efficient and organized manner. The successful applicant will be expected to learn how to perform limited appropriate maintenance and repair on instruments currently in use and any others that may be added. We are seeking an individual who requires minimal supervision and is capable of making quick, independent decisions yet can work effectively in a team environment.

 

Discover the ReadiTrak™ CBRNE Knowledge Base

KD Analytical announces free access to nearly 400 FAQs and articles from its extensive library of CBRNE detector maintenance and operational information.

KD Analytical is excited to announce that we’ve made a large portion of the ReadiTrak™ Knowledge Base available completely free to the CBRNE response community. You now have immediate access to nearly 400 FAQs and articles from the thousands of entries normally available only to ReadiTrak™ subscribers.

The ReadiTrak™ Knowledge Base is a large and growing, web-based reference of CBRNE/HazMat technologies, procedures and maintenance information. It began as a tool for our tech support and repair experts to document common issues and resolutions. Now, it’s so full of useful information, we want to share it with you. You’ll find solutions to common equipment problems, standard operating procedures and methods, equipment documentation and training materials—created to help responders keep their equipment in top shape and ready to get the job done.

Explore these links to get a taste of just how much useful, time-saving information is available:

Smiths HazMatID Series
Thermo TruDefender Series
Ahura/Thermo FirstDefender
RAE Systems MultiRAE Series
Smiths GasID
FLIR Identifinder Series
INFICON HAPSITE
 Metek Ortec

Lessons Learned #1: Improving CBRNE Equipment Readiness

After compiling and analyzing years worth of our own technical support data, we’ve learned that 60% of CBRNE detector issues can be resolved by the responder.

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in an occasional series on the lessons we’ve learned over more than a decade of providing and optimizing technical support for some of the largest CBRNE response organizations in the United States.

How do you improve CBRNE Readiness?

Keep equipment in the hands of responders, ready to perform when called upon. Seems pretty simple, right? It should be a no-brainer, yet the response community consistently expresses frustration with how frequently their mission critical equipment is out for service and disappointment with how long that process can take.

Q: How do you keep equipment in the hands of responders and ready for action?

A: Avoid sending equipment away for minor repairs!

After compiling years of data about our own technical support requests, we’ve discovered a simple statistic that may surprise you. And, it could help to improve your readiness.

60% of CBRNE detector problems can be resolved on site by the RESPONDER.

KD Analytical has fielded thousands of support requests over that past 12 years. We keep meticulous records of our technical support efforts—the nature of the problem, if and how it was resolved, the root cause of the problem, replacement parts used, and so on. This extensive documentation is made possible through the use of ReadiTrak™, which we developed for the purpose of tracking and maintaining CBRNE equipment that we support.

When we analyzed all this tech support data, one thing really stood out: approximately 60% of CBRNE detector problems can be resolved by the end user with only telephone or web-based technical support. This means that the majority of instrument problems can be resolved quickly with only readily available tools and no specialized technical skills on the part of the end user. It also means that the equipment doesn’t have to leave the responder’s station, base or garrison. The benefits are clear:

  • Downtime is reduced drastically, often from a period of weeks or months to mere minutes or hours.
  • Maintenance costs are reduced. When the instrument is repaired on site by the responder, shipping costs, bench fees, and many other costs associated with sending the instrument out for repair can be avoided.
  • Responders learn how to resolve common problems themselves, gaining a better understanding of their instruments and developing skills that they can apply to similar issues.

Robust and responsive technical support is the key

We know from experience that when an instrument exhibits problems that can’t be immediately fixed, the item is often simply tossed in an equipment cage and left for dead. That’s a costly outcome in terms of both readiness and dollars. Instead, when a user encounters an issue, they need—and should expect—the fastest possible resolution. We’ll look further into how this can be achieved in our next Lessons Learned article.

The CBRNE ‘Movie’ Poster

Only the best prepare for the worst.

Last summer, as we prepared to open our National Capital Region office, our sales, marketing and operations teams spent a lot of time and energy poring over paint colors, flooring samples, furniture catalogs, signage options and, last but not least, artwork for the walls. As you might expect, we wanted to go with a Washington, DC theme—bold, Federal style building scenes—the things we proudly help to protect. Here’s a peek.

I think the office turned out great!

But there was one minor complication. Many of our offices have windows facing onto a corridor, but one such office needed to be a bit more private. Of course, that window had peculiar dimensions, so we had to do something custom to cover it. I cooked up the idea of creating a sort of movie poster to hang on the inside of that office, facing out into the corridor. At the top of the article, you see the poster as it is installed. Below is the graphic itself. Feel free to download it.

The CBRNE 'Movie' Poster
The CBRNE ‘Movie’ Poster

GCMS Evaluation and Training at Sydney Tar Ponds

The Sydney Tar Ponds was once a beautiful tidal estuary that over the last century was filled with runoff from coke ovens from now decommissioned steel mills. The 77-acre estuary is filled with a variety of coal-based contaminants and sludge including Naphthalene and is considered to be one of the most toxic hazardous waste sites in North America. KD Analytical provided technical assistance for evaluating the INFICON HAPSITE ER versus the older HAPSITE Smart GC/MS model for monitoring contaminants. In addition, we were engaged to provide training on the GCMS model that would be selected during the foregoing evaluation.

The Sydney Tar Ponds was once a beautiful tidal estuary that over the last century was filled with runoff from coke ovens from now decommissioned steel mills. The 77-acre estuary is filled with a variety of coal-based contaminants and sludge including Naphthalene. Naphthalene is the most abundant component of coal tar and has been identified as a possible carcinogen. The Sydney Tar Ponds is considered to be one of the most toxic hazardous waste sites in North America.

KD Analytical Consulting, Inc. (KD) was contacted by ALL-Tech Environmental Services Cape Breton Ltd. to provide technical assistance for evaluating the INFICON HAPSITE ER (INFICON’s latest model) vs. the HAPSITE Smart GC/MS. In addition, KD was engaged to provide training on the GCMS model that would be selected during the foregoing evaluation.

KD mobilized almost immediately with their HAPSITE Smart instrument for comparison with the demo HAPSITE ER that ALL-Tech was in possession of. For the purposes of this evaluation, two volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were considered to be of primary interest—Benzene and Naphthalene.

HAPSITE Smart GCMS
HAPSITE Smart GCMS

Because of the coal-based contaminants and sludge at the Tar Ponds site, ALL-TECH was contracted to complete real-time monitoring with Photo Ionization Detectors (PIDs) to provide hazard data for both workers and the community of Sydney. The purpose of this evaluation was to determine whether the HAPSITE GC/MS (any model), could be employed for determination of chemicals found by the PID, as well as to respond to community odor complaints.

HAPSITE ER GCMS
HAPSITE ER GCMS

Upon arriving in Sydney, NS, Canada, it was revealed that the instrument was not initially set-up with methods specific to the sampling plan that ALL-TECH had set forth. This, combined with inadequate initial instrumental training by the rental company made it impossible for the qualified analysts from ALL-TECH to complete their evaluation without HAPSITE specific subject matter expert support. At the time of KDs arrival, the HAPSITE was on the verge of being dismissed from the Tar Ponds Project altogether.

ALL-TECH and KD personnel worked to calibrate the HAPSITE ER. Due to the advancements made by INFICON, the calibration of the instrument was completed with little trouble. The HAPSITE ER allows for instrument calibrations based on sample volume, rather than sample time. This allows for highly accurate calibrations that generate reproducible results and a deviation range as low as +/- 20% of the injected quality control sample. The aptitude of ALL-TECH personnel, combined with the ease of use of the HAPSITE ER, allowed the instrument to be sent out to Sydney Tar Pond testing sites almost immediately for evaluation.

Colin from ALL-TECH and Shaun from KD Testing Fence-line Monitoring
Colin from ALL-TECH and Shaun from KD Testing Fence-line Monitoring

Through the evaluation process, there were multiple positives and potential deficiencies noticed. Though the HAPSITE ER was easily portable for short distances only, and the sample volume necessary for the part per billion detection limits required on this project impacted battery life due to the extremely cold temperatures (2 C) in Canada. These issues were easily eliminated with the use of power inverters and vehicles for moving from one sample location to another. This provided heat to eliminate additional power pull on the battery during temperature ramping as well as the opportunity to trickle charge the battery between samples and during temperature ramping. Also, to eliminate analyst time in the cold environment, a PID tripod was utilized to allow for a consistent sampling location.

HAPSITE ER with Tri-pod Mount
HAPSITE ER with Tripod Mount

Also during the evaluation period, the ability of the HAPSITE to address odor complaints was able to be evaluated. With multiple remediation projects happening in the direct vicinity of ALL-TECHs office area, a faint odor was apparent. The HASPITE ER was immediately deployed and able to rule out any of the active remediation sites as the source of this particular odor. In fact, a different, unaccounted for odor source was able to be found as the cause of this odor. This action was just one determining factor for ALL-TECH to present this technology to their client as a main tool in the evaluation of air quality around the Sydney Tar Ponds remediation site.

At the conclusion of these actions, ALL-TECH utilized a rental HAPSITE Smart from KD to evaluate the differences between the two models and chose the HAPSITE ER for use on the Sydney Tar Ponds site. The HAPSITE ER was chosen for multiple reasons. These reasons included the volume controlled sampling which provided less uncertainty in the final concentration of analytes found, the additional heating capabilities allowing higher boiling point chemicals to be identified, and the ability of the HAPSITE ER to complete thermal desorption samples in addition to responsive on-site sampling.

KD has continued their support for ALL-TECH with assistance in setting up quality control plans, budgeting assistance, and subject matter expert advice utilizing KDs 4-Tier Support System.

Special thanks to Colin Mac Isaac, Darren Lawless (ALL-TECH), and Shaun Vibert (KD) for assistance on this project.

ALL-TECH chose to use the INFICON HAPSITE ER Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) due to the battery operated portability and enhanced ability to test for semi-volatile compounds including naphthalene, which was the major concern. The cleanup plan has taken decades to establish, and local residents are concerned with disturbing the contaminated soil, thereby releasing hazardous chemicals into the air. The HAPSITE ER can be deployed on a moment’s notice to test for components of any odor concerns, and possible chemical releases during remediation. There are many chemical monitoring stations around the Tar Ponds. These stations are monitored using a portable wireless detector (PID). The PID can detect volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), but cannot easily identify individual components. The HAPSITE ER can identify what chemicals are being detected by the PID, and it is much more reliable in determining the safety of the employees and residents in the area through the ability to quantify the components found. The HAPSITE ER can determine the presence or absence of chemicals such as naphthalene down to the low parts per trillion, therefore, suitable for indoor or outdoor air monitoring.

Fence Line Monitoring with HAPSITE ER
Fence Line Monitoring with HAPSITE ER

KD Scientist spent two weeks training ALL-TECH personnel, developing methods, and SOP’s for air, liquid and solid sampling using the INFICON HAPSITE ER. This training was conducted on-site, so as to provide the best conditions for “real world” training. KD Analytical continues to support ALL-TECH personnel with this on-going project.