The California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF) is proud to announce that the 2021 United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) are now Presented by Bio-One, Inc.
Operating under the motto, "Help First, Business Second," Bio-One provides high-level decontamination and biohazard cleanup services while offering clients the privacy and compassion needed at difficult times. Bio-One operates in 41 states with over 110 locations and is committed to providing first-class service.
"We are thrilled to add Bio-One as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2021 USPFC because First Responders warrant our support," said California Police Athletic Federation President LC Collins. "Bio-One’s reputation is second to none, and with their partnership, we can offer first responders a health and wellness outlet. We look forward to working with them for years to come."
Founded by San Diego Police Lieutenant Veon "Duke" Nyhus, The United States Police & Fire Championships were first held in San Diego in 1967. Duke recognized the need to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among the Public Safety and First Responder community members.
The USPFC caters to active and retired public safety and first responders who participate in Olympic-style competitions and open to individuals representing firefighters, law enforcement, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs across the country. Traditionally athletes compete in 45+ sporting events from biathlon to motocross across 35+ venues in Southern California.
"At Bio-One our support for Law Enforcement and Fire Service Officers is unwavering, and we're thrilled to partner with the California Police Athletic Federation during this memorable event," said Nick-Anthony Zamucen, founder of Bio-One. "We wish each athlete success and look forward to celebrating these everyday heroes."
The 2021 USPFC Presented by Bio-One will take place from June 10th to the 19th in venues across San Diego, California, and strengthen the relationship between First Responders and the community for many years to come!
About the United States Police and Fire Championships
The California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF) is the parent organization of two multi-sport programs designed for peace officers and firefighters. The World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) are open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) are open to active or retired public safety and first responder personnel from an eligible agency within the USA. For more information, please visit www.uspfc.org.
Even with frequent hand washing, you could still be accidentally spreading Covid-19. Here's How.
The positive cases of Coronavirus are still on the rise in Nevada, and according to Nevada Health Response, this virus does not discriminate who it will infect. When the break out first occurred, many researchers and scientists believed that the virus mainly infected the older population. However, in Nevada, just under 18% of patients are between ages of 30 and 39, while 14% are between the ages of 60-69.
With this data, Nevadans are becoming increasingly anxious. The Nevada government, and specifically, Clark County are doing what they can to help provide some relief through special funding, And medical facilities are working around the clock to set up testing for antibodies.
Each day brings new insight, new information, maybe additional information that contradicts what scientists and doctors thought they knew about this virus, but all of this information has only reinforced what Bio-One accomplishes. To decontaminate and disinfect a place of work or your home can be a daunting, and actually, quite dangerous task.
The Bio One team is a top leader in coronavirus cleaning, so we are specially trained in how to handle contaminated areas. This includes knowledge of cross contamination, which EPA approved chemical to use and when/where, and we are trained on how to properly suit up with PPE so that our clients do not have to worry about accidental contamination and bringing it to their friends and family. Any hazardous or infection waste is properly disposed off, to avoid accidental contamination in other areas.
Bio One is working around the clock for emergency calls, 7 days per week. We are here to support our fellow Nevadans in this fight, and we are here to help get our economy ready to reopen so we can hit the ground running when that day comes!
At the start of the stay at home orders, there has been mounting data suggesting that there will be a surge in domestic violence reports. According to research done by Marianne Hester, a Bristol University Sociologist who studies abusive relationships, domestic violence goes up whenever families spend more time together. Now, with families in lockdown worldwide, hotlines are lighting up with abuse reports, leaving governments trying to address this crisis. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,abusers are more likely to intensify or murder their partners an others in the wake of personal crises, including loss of jobs and major financial setbacks.
Around the world advocacy groups are seeing an increase in phone calls to victim hot lines, in some countries, the numbers surpassing three times of last year. Advocates are claiming that the lock downs or shelter in place are leaving victims with no escape from their abusers.
Many victims can no longer seek refuge at their parents' home, for fear that they could expose their elderly parents to the coronavirus.
In addition, many victims may have lost their job, making it economically more difficult to leave the abusive relationship.
According to statistics released by the United Nations, reports of domestic violence in France increased 30 percent following the country’s lockdown on March 17; during the first two weeks of lockdowns in Spain, the emergency number for domestic violence received 18 percent more calls; and help lines in Singapore have received 30 percent more calls. As NBC News reported, law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have seen domestic violence cases rise up to 35 percent in recent weeks.
Domestic violence hotlines are developing new strategies to support victims who are in lockdown such as online chat or texting.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline via text or call at 1-800-799-7233.
Mental Health and Covid-19
Many health experts are concerned about what kind of impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on people's mental-health and well-being. We are amid a public health crisis, however, we as a community can use this as an opportunity to come together and demonstrate compassion and kindness. It is important to reach out to those who are isolated and need the extra support. In doing so, we hope to spread long term mental well-being and prevent suicide.
Here are some things you can do to support someone who may need it.
It is important that we all care for each other during this challenging and uncertain time. By taking a few simple steps you can make all the difference in someone's life when they need it most.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).
What you can do to help if you are worried about being exposed:
Bio-One Keeping the Community Safe
Being a local and family owned business, home is Nevada has a true meaning for us. During these times of uncertainty, we want to be here for you and help our fellow locals of Southern Nevada, whether you are a small business owner, a commercial property, a homeowner, or at your work place.
Call us for a free quote! We specialize in cleaning and disinfecting all sorts of viruses, including Covid-19. Also be sure to check out our Facebook page and website regularly for updated information and free tips!
We want to give a huge shout out to our sister company helping out their community over in St. Peters, MO, check out the link below!
The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that those who are emotionally traumatized in emergency situations receive the assistance they need. TIP works closely with local emergency response agencies who request well-trained citizen volunteers to emergency scenes to provide emotional and practical support to family members, witnesses, and other bystanders directly on-scene, during the investigative process.
Last month, we had another opportunity to support the TIP team at the Heroes with Heart yearly gala. It was a great event and wonderful to see all the TIP volunteers and the honorees.
The following individuals were selected after being nominated by TIP volunteers for their compassion and kindness on scenes of tragedy.
Laura VanDyke - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Cameron Cheal - Clark County Coroner's Office
Tory McDermed - Henderson Police Department
Scott Vivier - Henderson Fire Department
Jeff Buchanan - Clark Country Fire Department
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue - TIP Champion Award
Congratulations to all the 2019 Heroes and Thank You for all you do!
June is National PTSD Awareness month.
We would like to take this time to thank everyone serving our country, both past and present. Thank you for keeping us safe. We appreciate everything you do for us.
We would also like to acknowledge all the other people suffering from PTSD due to varying circumstances. You are strong and not alone.
PTSD Awareness Day is observed every year on June 27th
When Bio-One has done previous jobs for clients who hoard, there has never been one exactly the same. Every scenario is unique to the client. Some clients may hoard a variety of objects, and some may focus on particular items. Most of the time though, the objects consist of newspapers, magazines, books, plastic bags, or household supplies. Some people also hoard animals. “In the USA, 3500 animal hoarders are reported to the authorities every year.” Most of these animals have diseases or are found dead on the property.
No matter what the person is hoarding, it can cause the house to become an obstacle course full of dangers. When items are piled to the ceiling, you run the risk of them avalanching down, there will be trip hazards, fire hazards, and infestations can follow as well. The hoard can cause structural damage to the home, and in the case of an emergency, the first responders may not be able to get to resident.
Historically, hoarding was always thought to be an underlying mental health issue. “It has been associated with a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and schizophrenia. A third of people with autism spectrum disorder are thought to hoard particular items.” In 2018, the World Health Organization added hoarding to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), in hopes to promote research and take this disorder more seriously. It is their hope that this will lead to a more sympathetic representation of hoarding in the media and more respect for the people who live with this disorder.
At Bio-One, we understand that taking the first step to remove items from your home is not easy. We aim to take a compassionate approach, listen to your needs and wants, find important belongings, and most importantly, make your house a healthy home.
References: Hoarding disorder: A medical condition. (2018).The Lancet,392(10148), 626.
How can we tell if a person is showing signs of a mental illness, or are they just showing normal behaviors to situation? Each illness comes with its own symptoms, but common patterns of behavior may include the following:
· Excessive worrying or fear
· Feeling excessively sad or low
· Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
· Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
· Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
· Avoidingfriends and social activities
· Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
· Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
· Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
· Changes in sex drive
· Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)
· Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (“lack of insight”)
· Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
· Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
· Thinking about suicide
· Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
· An intensefear of weight gain or concern with appearance
Children can also developmental health conditions, because they are still learning how identify emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Children’s symptoms may include:
· Changes in school performance
· Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
· Hyperactive behavior
· Frequent nightmares
· Frequent disobedience or aggression
· Frequent temper tantrums
Knowing the warning signs of mental illnesses can help you decide if you should move forward to seek help and treatment. At Bio-One, we feel it is especially needed for people to be able to
identify suicidal behaviors, due to the increase in suicides we have seen in our community. If you or someone you know may need help now, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or 911