Course Summary

This course is approved for 1 hour of continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

Who Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers/ Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested Students 

This course is designed to introduce the first responding officers, EMS and Coroner personnel to the dangers of chemical suicides. This course explains what they are and how the decedent carries out this form of suicide. The course also covers what warning signs to observe and the actions you must take to protect yourself and others in the area.

A trend in a method of committing suicide is continuing to grow in the United States and it poses a viable threat to first responders. This method does not involve firearms, knives or medications, but rather common household products. When mixed together, they can produce one of the most toxic gases known to man: Hydrogen Sulfide.

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a colorless gas that is heavier than air. It is water-soluble and, in low concentrations, there is a distinct odor often described as “rotten eggs.” It is flammable and has a half-life of 37 hours.

One of the most dangerous characteristics of hydrogen sulfide gas is that a person’s sense of smell can be inhibited after just a few minutes of exposure to low concentrations. Because of this, first responders may not be aware of its presence or may unknowingly wander farther into higher concentrations.

Some of the effects of contamination to first responders can be inflammation of the respiratory system, difficulty breathing, rapid or slow heartbeat, sweating, delirium, headache, sensitivity to light, blueness of skin due to depleted oxygen in the bloodstream, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.

This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time are tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are watched.  Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched. Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material. 

Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.


Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

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    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

  • 02

    Chemical Suicide

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    • What is Chemical Suicide

    • Proper Response and Understanding the Scene

  • 03

    Quiz: Chemical Suicide and Response

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    • Quiz: Chemical Suicide and Response

  • 04

    Reading and Resources

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    • Chemical Suicide Scene Response and Decontamination

    • 911 Operator Guide to Chemical Suicides

    • Law Enforcement CLEE Request


  • I’m not currently in this field, can I still take the course?

    Yes. This course is open to students who are wanting to enter the field of death investigation as well as working professionals. It is our goal to help you prepare for the job you are wanting by providing nationally accepted training.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course material for six months. This, however, does not take into account natural disasters or a major interruption in business.

  • Do we get a certificate at the end?

    The course is an all-inclusive course. So, each student will receive a certificate at the end of all course work denoting credits and approval numbers along with the date of completion.

  • What if I want to talk to someone before I register?

    If you have other questions, please email us or call our academy directly at 1-888-556-0177.


Darren Dake is a law enforcement professional with over 30 years’ experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigation. Darren has worked in both the law enforcement realm of investigations as well as in the role of senior investigator with the Coroner’s office for over 20 years. This combined investigative experience has uniquely established Darren as an expert in investigations which allows him to consult and teach internationally on investigation practices and procedures.

Darren Dake, D-ABMDI, CI, CCI

Senior Instructor