Of course, this career is not for everyone! And some of the people who might seem like good candidates are weeded out right away. Do you have what it takes?
Question 1: Are you squeamish?
The people on Crime and Trauma Scene crews have to have iron stomachs. If turn green at the sight of blood, this job is not for you! If nothing gets to you, no matter how gross, move on to question 2.
Question 2: Are you mentally stable?
If you get depressed easily, this career is not a good match for you. Crime and Trauma Scene crews encounter a lot of tragic situations and if they are easily emotionally affected, could suffer from stress. The job is physically stressful enough, but that is another Question.
Question 3: Do you love blood and gore?
On first thought someone who is drawn to horrific things sounds like a good candidate for a career cleaning up Crime and Trauma Scenes, but it is definitely not the case. Most companies will not take on employees who seem to get entertainment value from crime scenes. Crews need to be professional and in control at all times.
Question 4: Are you super empathetic?
Again, you might think this is a good quality for a Crime and Trauma Scene team member. After all, you would encounter terribly upset family members quite often and they could need support. Unfortunately, if you are too empathetic, you too can be traumatized along with the family. You are more suited for this work if you can keep your emotions under control. Sympathy is better than empathy here.
Question 5: Are you strong and healthy?
Crime and Trauma Scene cleanup crews wear full body hazmat suits, gloves, boots and air filter masks at all times during the project. Sometimes it can be very hot and the shifts can be long.
Question 6: How about training?
There is a lot of training involved in becoming part of a Crime and Trauma Scene cleanup team. From training in the handling, dangers and characteristics of bodily fluids and how to clean, transport and dispose of them to passing a “gross factor” test with graphic photos and possibly even visual presentations, expect there to be many hours of class work before you go out into the field.
The following is a video from National Geographic about Louise, a Crime Scene cleanup worker in Maryland, which shows a bit of the process that a clean up team goes through and how she feels about her job. It is not recommended for sensitive stomachs or children.
We are very sorry when anyone finds themselves in a situation where they need us to clean up after someone has passed away. But if you need us we are here. The highly trained, professional staff at Alliance Environmental Group will take care of your situation quickly, effectively and discreetly. Contact us if you need any of our services.
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