Arlington unveils new tool in hazardous-materials battle | Headlines |

The Arlington County Fire Department has introduced a new, hand-held device to identify unknown solids and liquids in hazardous-materials situations. (Thermo Fisher Scientific) It may look like a portable video game straight out of the 1990s, but Arlington fire officials say it gives them a major leg up in confronting hazardous-materials situations.

Using federal grant funds, the county government has acquired a Gemini hand-held chemical-identification system. Designed by Thermo Fisher Scientific, the machine is designed to allow for quick identification of unknown solids and liquids by the military and first-responders.