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Emergency Response

Emergency Contact Information
Normal Working Hours 

Main telephone number:

(804) 648-4480

Denise M. Toney, Ph.D., HCLD, Director

(ext 282)

Angela Fritzinger, Ph.D., Deputy Director

(ext 205)

Ed Shaw, Director, Laboratory Operations

(ext 152)

Wanda "Willie" Andrews, BSMT(ASCP), Director, Laboratory Operations

(ext 153)

Marilyn Bibbs Freeman, Ph.D., M(ASCP), Director, Laboratory Operations

(ext 270) 

Holidays and After Normal Working Hours  

Primary: Emergency Response Officer:

(804) 335-4617

The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) provides emergency laboratory support to numerous local, state and federal agencies responding to criminal acts or events that threaten our health, agriculture and environment. A few examples of emergencies, natural or manmade disasters, that DCLS is asked to respond to each year include; infectious disease outbreaks in humans and animals, accidental and intentional poisonings, over-the-counter drug tampering, foodborne disease outbreaks, chemical spills, radiation exposure, fires that threaten air quality, flood and hurricane threatened water and food supplies, and unexplained animal and human deaths.
As the state laboratory, DCLS is also responsible for ensuring effective laboratory response in the defense of our Commonwealth against terrorism. We were one of the first state laboratories in the United States selected to provide laboratory support to the CDC for testing nerve agents, mustards and other chemical agents in biological specimens. DCLS was also selected as one of a few laboratories to implement and validate novel DNA-based diagnostic tests, such as real-time PCR, for the rapid identification of highly infectious biological agents. DCLS is a member of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN). We maintain a vast array of technologies and, since September 11, 2001, have used these to test tens of thousands of clinical and environmental samples suspected as being contaminated with biological or chemical agents.
Emergency Services
Requesting Emergency Service: Emergency laboratory support may be requested from the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) through the main switchboard during normal working hours. The operator will direct callers to the appropriate contact for service. DCLS also provides a laboratory emergency response officer who is on call 24/7, 365 days a year, to respond to any emergency. This officer can be contacted by emergency blackberry. On rare occasion, a submitter may deliver emergency samples directly to DCLS Sample Collection and Shipping. DCLS emergency responders will collaborate with site commanders to select appropriate testing strategies, ensure proper sample collection, and insure that preservation and transport procedures are followed.
Emergency Testing Services: Prior to sample arrival at DCLS, a team of scientists will be assembled and this team will be tasked with identifying and implementing effective analytical solutions specific for the emergency event. Response teams are usually composed of one or more Ph.D. level, lead scientists that direct the activities of several senior chemists and microbiologists. Members of the team are well-trained for specific analytical tasks which include handling highly infectious or toxic agents. All DCLS staff members are designated as "Mission Essential" and subject to recall. DCLS maintains a test menu with over 650 analytical methods and a large and diverse inventory of state-of-the-art equipment capable of meeting most analytical challenges.
Result Reporting: Testing results will be called to the individual indicated on the DCLS chain of custody and sample submission form. Results will also be mailed to the address indicated on the submission form on the next business day after testing is completed.
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