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Footage shared online offers an insight into what 'training day' looks like for bio-recovery technicians working on a crime scene.
Before you hit play, let me assure you this is all fake!
A TikTok user who goes by the handle '@HazmatDan' regularly educates and entertains his thousands of followers with his experiences in the role of a bio-recovery technician; a job which involves 'assessing risk, mitigating threats and remediating conditions resulting from the release of biological hazards'.
According to the American Bio Recovery Association, the job can involve working in 'crime and trauma mitigation' involving 'bloodborne and body fluids', with such a scene displayed by Hazmat Dan in the so-called 'Blood Room' at his headquarters.
The training room had been set up to appear as if it was recently the scene of some sort of bloody massacre, with stains and 'blood' splashed across the bed, up the walls and over the furniture.
The TikTok user explained technicians in training undergo 'extensive evaluations', for which 'mock scenes are set up to replicate a standard trauma scene'.
A space heater in the room was used to simulate an environment for 'accelerated decomposition', while ingredients from the supermarket are used to mimic the substances and creatures that technicians might come across at such a scene.
In this particular training room, rice was used to depict blow fly larvae, bird seeds represented the husks left behind by the flies and meat products acted as 'biomatter and human remains'.
Bio-recovery technicians are described by the American Bio Recovery Association as 'unsung heroes' who can offer help when family members are 'left with dealing with an unforgettable mess or contaminated property' after first responders or environmental health officials have left a scene.
The workers are responsible for dealing with substances which 'pose a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily that of humans', including 'medical waste or samples of a microorganism, virus or toxin (from a biological source) that can affect human health', as well as substances that are harmful to other animals.
Hazmat Dan left viewers with the question of whether they 'have what it takes to be a BioRecovery Technician', with many sharing their thoughts on whether they could handle the job.
"i could handle the blood, body parts, even just regular bugs. but maggots??!??? no," one viewer responded, while another commented: "I've always wanted to do something in forensics. Idk why, but I've always been fascinated with crime scenes and stories."
One thing's for sure - you'd definitely need a strong stomach!
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