Bio-One is the Presenting Sponsor at the 2021 United State Police and Fire Championships is Proud To Show Some Pictures From the Event
Bio-One has been honored to be the presenting sponsor for the 2021 USPFC. Athletes from all over the county have come to San Diego, Ca to compete in competitions from everything from surfing to CrossFit, cornhole to soccer and everything in between. The athletes are all police, firefighters, FBI, corrections, border patrol and other departments. And the athletes are either current first responders or are retired. The championships are being held June 10-19th all over the San Diego area so we are right in the middle of the competition. Once all of the events are finished, we will be posting an update. But until then, please enjoy these photos we have from the past few days of the event. Please contact us with any questions you may have. 928-863-8276 or info@BioOneFlagstaff.com
#HELPFIRST FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Bio-One Donates First Aid Kits in Recognition of National Police Week
Flagstaff, AZ (May 12, 2021) – In recognition of National Police Week, May 9-15, Bio-One thanked first responders by donating first aid kits to Holbrook Police Department, NAU Police Department, Sedona Police Department and Prescott Valley Police Department as part of the nationwide campaign #HelpFirst for First Responders. Throughout the week, Bio-One offices in 41 states distributed a cumulative of 5,000 first aid kits, which included alcohol swabs, Advil, gloves, gauze pads, and an assortment of bandages.
The #HelpFirst campaign aligns with the Bio-One motto, Help First, Business Second, and will be used to help officers and community members in the event of a minor medical emergency.
“Bio-One always has and always will support our local law enforcement” said Rebecca Wallace, owner of Bio-One. “This campaign is just a small way of letting our local LEOs know that we see them and appreciate them.”
As a 2021 corporate sponsor of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Bio-One, Inc. will also pay tribute to fallen officers during the virtual 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on Facebook, YouTube, and LawMemorial.org/CV.
“We are so thankful for Bio-One’s corporate partnership and their continued support of the Memorial Fund,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. “This partnership will further bolster the Memorial Fund’s mission of honoring America’s Law Enforcement, as well as provide support for the Museum’s upcoming exhibition opening in September. We are grateful for their commitment.”
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.
Bio-One, a crime and trauma scene cleaning franchise, operates in Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott Valley, Prescott, Holbrook, Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Snowflake, Page and all other parts of Northern Arizona. Bio-One is committed to providing excellent service in recovery and suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, hoarding situations, junk removal, deceased animal recovery, feces removal, pest and rodent droppings and much more. Each Bio-One office is independently owned and operated by a member of the local community. For more information about Bio-One, visit us at www.BioOneFlagstaff.com
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.
The second week of April is a time to celebrate and thank telecommunications professionals who dedicate their lives to serving the public. Often called the thin gold line, 911 dispatchers are true heroes behind the scenes.
"This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication." - Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International
Here, in Northern Arizona our Bio-One team would like to say "Thank You" to the 911 dispatchers that are critical to our community.
Bio-One ranked number one in Entrepreneur magazine’s 42nd Annual Franchise 500 for success in crime-scene and trauma-scene cleaning. This marks the fifth year in a row that Bio-One has been included in the ranking.
Flagstaff, AZ – Bio-One ranked number one in Entrepreneur magazine’s 42nd Annual Franchise 500 for success in crime-scene and trauma-scene cleaning. This marks the fifth year in a row that Bio-One has been included in the ranking.
Bio-One is locally owned and operated by Joshua and Rebecca Wallace. Joshua and Rebecca Wallace have been serving the Flagstaff and Northern Arizona community since 2018.
Bio-One provides service in recovery and suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, hoarding situations, junk removal, deceased animal recovery, feces removal, pest and rodent droppings and more.
Owner Rebecca Wallace recently wrote an article and said, “When looking at purchasing a Bio-One office, the first thing that stuck out to us wasn’t the fact that we would be cleaning what is impacted after a suicide, homicide, unattended death or so-on. What stuck out to us was “Help First, Business Second.” We wanted to help people and make a difference in our community.
We get to help people during some of the hardest times in their lives. Normally, we are the last people they see right after tragedy. The police, EMTs and medical examiners have left, and then we come in. Because of that, we also make sure to have all of the resources the family may need. We have a responsibility to take care of people when they need us and help them however we can. It is why we do what we do.”
The number of Bio-One franchises have increased 145 percent in the last three years with over 100 locations in 41 states. “We’re honored to be recognized by Entrepreneur,” said Nick-Anthony Zamucen, CEO of Bio-One Inc. “The ranking is a direct reflection of our Bio-One family, strength of our business model, and our ability to consistently deliver care and compassion to our clients.”
Over its 42 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Bio-One’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.
About Bio-One Inc.
Bio-One Inc. is the first crime and trauma scene cleaning franchise, operating in 41 states with over 100 locations. Bio-One is committed to providing excellent service in recovery and suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, hoarding situations, junk removal, deceased animal recovery, feces removal, pest and rodent droppings and much more. Each office is independently owned and operated by a member of the local community. For more information about Bio-One, visit us at www.BioOneFlagstaffAZ.com
Bio-One Gives Back 2020
Every year we look for ways to give back to our community and help those in need. Bio-One lives by the moto, "Help First, Business Second" every chance we get. 2020 has proven to be especially trying for all of us, so giving back has been needed now more than ever. We racked our brains on how this would look. As a company who primarily helps people after the tragedy of suicide, homicide, hoarding, undiscovered deaths and infectious disease decontamination, what could we do? What we decided, is that we would provide as many first responders and essential businesses as possible with chemicals approved by the EPA for COVID-19 decontamination. So from March-December 2020 we handed out over 20,000 bottles of chemicals to police, fire, EMS, apartments, animal rescues, victim advocates, family advocacy centers and so many more. We saw a need and answered it as best we could.
Another thing we did this year was provide over 200 crisis responders and victim advocates with holiday goodies. These men and women have not stopped working during the pandemic. They come into homes after a homicide, suicide, rape, domestic violence, house fire and anything in between. They give the victims or surviving family the resources and support they need to move forward and navigate the next steps. These advocates and crisis responders are so important and vital, yet many do not know about them. So we wanted to show how much we appreciate them. Victim advocates are in almost every single city in the US. If you think you need an advocate for a situation you are dealing with, please reach out to them.
As a community, we need to all step up to help one another. This year has been extremely rough and so many are in very bad places. If you are able to help, even if just to donate some of your time, there are many organizations who can use the help. Check with your local animal shelters, food banks, Boys and Girls Club, churches and senior living facilities. The way you can help has changed due to COVID-19, but you can still help.
For more information on what you can do in your community please call or email us
The Ugly Truth
OCT 08, 2020 by Rebecca Wallace
Animal hoarding is something that is more common than you might realize. Sometimes you will hear about it in the news, magazines and social media. You will hear how the animals were rescued and the person who is responsible for their mistreatment has charges against them. But what happens to the animals? Who rescues them and what do they go through? What happens to the home?
There are many aspects to take into consideration when talking about animal hoarding. One of the biggest is who is going to take the animals and what condition are the animals in. When there are large numbers of animals who need to be removed from a home a one time, most times, multiple rescues have to help. As much as rescues prepare for any situations, you can never really be prepared for 100+ animals, who are probably sick, to come into your facility all at once. Recently there was a cat hoarding situation in Peoria, Arizona in which 133 cats were being kept in an apartment. Missy from La Gattara Cat Cafe was the first person contacted to help. The cats ranged from newborn kittens, pregnant cats and adult cats and some were sick and most were not spayed or neutered. Also, as you can imagine the living conditions were unimaginable and the air quality was so bad you could barely breath. Missy knew she could not take all of the cats by herself, she needed help. Missy put out the call for help to other rescues across Arizona and many answered the call. 23 of the cats went to a rescue, Ark Cat Sanctuary in Flagstaff, Arizona. Ark Cat Sanctuary gets so many calls for hoarding, that when Missy called, they not only took 23 of the cats, but they put a plan in place to build a habitat specifically for cats coming out of hoarding situations. What a lot of people do not understand is when animals are in such bad living conditions coming out of that they quickly need to be assessed for disease, parasites and trauma. They cannot immediately go into a new home. They need to be rehabilitated and that takes time and money. The rescue community relies on fundraising, grants and volunteers to help.
Once the animals are rescued from the home, there is a lot of hard work that needs to be done to make the home habitable again. There are many companies that do clean out homes from hoarding situations. However, there is 1 company that is preferred, and that is Bio-One. Bio-One works hand in hand with rescues to make sure all animals are out safely. When there are very young puppies, kittens or elderly animals, they like to hide. So it takes care and focus to look for these animals and get them out of the home into the rescues arms safely. Also, Bio-One always has a staff member on site that is trained in animal rescue and pet first aid in case an emergency situation occurs. While this is taking place, Bio-One is also removing debris, feces, urine, damaged items and anything else that needs to go. Many times there is thousands of dollars in damage in the home. Making sure you have a company that cares is very important because these situations are very sensitive.
The last piece of the equation is mental health. Hoarding is recognized as a disease and should be treated as so. People who hoard need physiological help or they will most likely revert back to hoarding. Do not turn your back on them, offer them help. The other people who may need a therapist to talk to are the rescuers. They see a part of humanity that many do not want to acknowledge is there or do not understand. They see abuse, death and trauma daily. Yet, they do it day after day. The psychological tole that takes is huge.
So what can you do to help?
First, if you are looking for a new pet, please consider adopting from a rescue. It is so rewarding and helps save a life.
Second, if you are looking to volunteer, please call your local animal rescue to volunteer with them. Most rescues are looking for fosters, adoption specialists, comfort volunteers to sit or play with the animals, and many other things.
Third, donate to your local rescue. Blankets, food, litter and toys are common things you can easily buy that a rescue can use.
Fourth, if you know someone is a hoarder, please say something to them gently and with love. Offer them support.
If you have any questions you can reach out to us at any time. We are always here to help.
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Local and National Resource Guide
When You Feel Alone, There is Always Someone to Listen
SEP 24, 2020 by REBECCA WALLACE
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or in crisis, there are many different resources available that can help. This can include depression, substance abuse, physical abuse, suicidal thoughts and behavior. Here are a few phone numbers to remember. They could save your life.
National Suicide Prevention Helpline – available 24/7 – call (800) 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Helpline (hearing impaired) – call (800)-799-4889
The Samaritans – available 24/7 and offers emotional support and resources – call or text (877) 870-4673
National Substance Use and Disorder Hotline – available 24/7 for treatment and referrals – (800)662-4357
Crisis Text Line – available 24/7 when in crisis – text “Home” to 741741
Trevor Project Lifeline – available 24/7 for youth in the LGBTQ community – call (866) 488-7386
Child Help USA National Hotline – available 24/7 for children who are suffering from child abuse – call (800) 422-4453
Boys Town National Hotline – available 24/7 for children and families – call (800) 448-3000
National Teen Dating Violence Hotline – available 24/7 for teens having concerns with a relationship – call (866) 331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522
Veterans Crisis Line – available 24/7 – (800) 273-8255 (press 1)
Be Connected – available 24/7 – (866) 4AZ-VETS (429-8387)
Crisis Response Network – available 24/7
Central Arizona – (602)222-9444
Central Arizona – (800)631-1314
Central Arizona (hearing impaired) – (800)327-9254
Northern Arizona – (877)756-4090
Mercy Care – available 24/7 in Maricopa County – call (800)631-1314 or (602) 222-9444
Arizona Complete Health – available 24/7 in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties served – call (866) 495-6735
Health Choice Arizona – available 24/7 in Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai Counties – call (877) 756-4090
Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities – call (800)-259-3449
Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community – call (855) 331-6432
Making the phone call can be one of the hardest things to do, but it can save your life. There is always someone to listen to you and give you resources. You are not alone.
For more resources or if you have any questions, feel free to call Bio-One at 480-276-4061 or 928-863-8276. You can also reach us by email at info@BioOneScottsdale.com or info@BioOneFlagstaff.com
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The 2020 Bio-One Law Enforcement Grant Winners Are Announced
The Bio-One offices in Arizona came together to provide a $5000 grant to one lucky law enforcement agency in Arizona. This grant was postponed many times this year for multiple reasons, so we were very happy to be able to move forward with it.
We had thousands of votes cast throughout the country which was both encouraging for us and also for our local law enforcement agencies. After the votes were counted, a winner was named!
Congratulations to our First Place winner and recipient of the $5000 grant
Snowflake-Taylor Police Department
And Congratulations to our Second and Third Place winners who will receive a BBQ for their department and support staff
We appreciate all the support received for the grant. Thank you.
At Bio-One, we truly believe that helping our law enforcement, victim advocates, crisis responders and other that help our community is important. We do what we do because we care. We are not just the people to call if you need help cleaning up a crime scene, suicide, hoarding situation, and any other trauma. We are also the people you call if you need help with something in the community. Bio-One is always happy to help.
WHY PROFESSIONALS ARE NEEDE
Why Professionals Are Needed When Tragedy Strikes
JULY 5, 2020 by REBECCA WALLACE
When a loved one dies by suicide,it’s fair to assume that first responders will decontaminate the scene. But they don’t, creating yet another dilemma for families who are freshly traumatized by a sudden and devastating loss. Driven to remove the memory from your home as quickly as possible, your first impulse may be tocleanthe space yourself. But there are several reasons why you shouldn’t take on this burden.When a loved one dies by suicide,it’s fair to assume that first responders will decontaminate the scene. But they don’t, creating yet another dilemma for families who are freshly traumatized by a sudden and devastating loss. Driven to remove the memory from your home as quickly as possible, your first impulse may be tocleanthe space yourself. But there are several reasons why you shouldn’t take on this burden.
When a loved one dies by suicide, it’s fair to assume that first responders will decontaminate the scene. But they don’t, creating yet another dilemma for families who are freshly traumatized by a sudden and devastating loss. Driven to remove the memory of the death from your home as quickly as possible, your first impulse may be to clean the space yourself. But there are several reasons why you shouldn’t take on this burden.
For one, suicide cleanup is a traumatic and overwhelming experience of its own. Although you may think you can push through this task by suppressing your emotions, you’re at risk of developing PTSD and prolonging your grief. It's best to avoid the scene and leave this process to the professionals.
Additionally, you may be subject to harmful diseases if you don’t clean up the scene properly. Over-the-counter cleaning supplies are not always strong enough to kill some of these viruses. Pathogens linger long after a surface has been scrubbed, leaving you and your family at risk of developing bloodborne infections like Hepatitis C and HIV if your cleaning process has not been thorough enough.
Certified specialists in biohazard remediation are the only people qualified to perform this intensive work. They know the commonly missed areas, and how to keep themselves safe while making the home safe again for the family. Let them restore your home with the assurance that it will be sanitary.
Bio-One is here to help in this regard. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need assistance. We’re on standby 24/7, every day of the year, and are always available to answer any questions you might have.