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.
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.
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John and Jennifer Symons
CHARLOTTE FRANCHISE, BIO-ONE, RANKED IN ENTREPRENEUR’S 42nd ANNUAL FRANCHISE 500®
Charlotte, NC – 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 John and Jen Symons. Since 2018 they have served over 350 community members, businesses and government agencies in the Queen City and upstate South Carolina.
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.
“The motto of ‘Help First, Business Second’ attracted us to pursue joining the Bio-One family and we’re thrilled to part of a winning team,” said John Symons, owner of Bio-One. “We have cherished each opportunity to truly make a difference in our community.”
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.BioOneCharlotte.com.
BIO-ONE OF CHARLOTTE OFFERS REMEDIATION EXPERTISE FOR CORONAVIRUS
MEDIA ADVISORY March 11, 2020
Local biohazard & trauma cleanup company provides
CORONAVIRUS remediation expertise
WHO: Bio-One of Charlotte, a local biohazard & trauma cleaning company serving the Queen City and surrounding areas.
WHAT: Owner John Symons is available to discuss the protocol to properly sanitize and disinfect an area in the case of a coronavirus (or other infectious disease) infection ensuring the surroundings are safe, a re-infection does not occur or the disease is spread. He also can discuss the steps necessary to protect against infection.
Bio-One of Charlotte uses hospital-grade chemicals and has experience with disinfecting and sanitizing after infectious diseases, including MRSA, C. DIFF, STAPH, HIV and others.
WHEN: As needed. If your workplace or home has been exposed to someone with this virus, it will need to be properly disinfected.
With the report of the first confirmed case of Coronavirus in Wake County, NC, Bio-One of Charlotte is prepared to assist with the remediation of this infectious disease. After confirmed infection, a space must be professionally disinfected and sanitized before it can be occupied. Experienced biohazard cleaning technicians know how to sanitize the area, and prevent further contamination and infection. Our teams use the most up-to-date equipment and protocols. Bio-One is certified, licensed and insured.
With Bio-One offices throughout the state, our teams are prepared to assist wherever needed in North Carolina. Offices in Charlotte, Asheville, Winston-Salem and Raleigh are here and ready
Bio-One of Charlotte, locally owned and operated, is a franchise of Bio-One, Inc., a leader in crime scene and biohazard cleanup. Currently, there are Bio-One offices throughout NC, and more than 100 offices nationwide. Bio-One is nationally respected and was called upon to assist in the aftermath of the Mandalay Bay mass shooting in 2017 and the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016.
“Hoarding disorder is defined as a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with a hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” - mayoclinic.org
We at Bio-One try to keep this in mind when we first arrive at an estimate for a client’s hoarded home. Many people have a hard time understanding how we can enter these homes or even clean them, but for us it’s much deeper. We realize that by taking the step to call us and allow complete strangers into their home, that alone is huge. If we walk in judging or with bad energy, it immediately sets a tone and may lead them to think they have made a bad decision. We always are open minded, compassionate and honestly there for them to share their stories. In most cases some form of trauma has led to their isolation, therefore the hoard began. We don’t claim to be therapist but simply offer a human touch of kindness and empathy.
If you stop to think how much you accumulate over one year, imagine being deathly afraid of letting anything go as you bring in new items. This is how hoarders feel. They tend to associate memories with material things. One of the ways we use to help our client’s part with items is by snapping a photo with their phone. That way they can look back on the photo but do not need to hold onto the actual object. We also try to donate as much as possible. We work with many non-profit organizations such as Beds for Kids who provide beds and essential furniture to children and their families in need. They are a truly inspiring group of people who have done so much for the Charlotte community.
One of the main ways that we differ from other companies is that we offer after care services. Once we come in and help regain your home and offer a fresh start, we don’t want our clients to fall back into their old routines. Thus, offering a service that can be as often as weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly. We partner with a wonderful Organic cleaning company Called Next to Godliness Organic Cleaning . With our client’s consent of course, Next to Godliness will come towards the end of our time at the client’s home and meet with them and talk about next steps. We want our clients to still feel in a safe space with us there and make the transition as easy as possible. During this past year we have been able to offer this service to all of our hoarding clients and have helped so many regain their homes and their lives. Living this way doesn’t have to be forever, and although it may seem daunting to begin a cleanup of such magnitude, I promise we can help. Call us today if you, a friend or a family member could use our services. We offer a judgement free zone and a no obligation estimate. The world is a beautiful place and you deserve to be a part of it.
Written by Jennifer Symons
Remember me saying (a couple times) that warm weather equals busy season for Bio-One? And do you remember what jobs are more prominent in warmer weather? If not, I will refresh your memory. Decompositions, also known as Undiscovered Deaths, and Hoarding projects are more common and frequent during the warmer weather months. Why is that? What do decompositions and hoarding jobs have in common? Smell. You know how your trash cans smell more in the summer time while they sit in your hot garage or outside- same goes for deaths that go undiscovered for several days and houses that are hoarded (especially the ones with feces and/or rotten food).
The weather in Charlotte has been getting hotter and so has our incoming phone call volume. Last week we, Bio-One Charlotte, had a hoarding/feces clean up job, and two undiscovered death clean ups. This week we have started a week long hoarding job where the home is entirely affected by dog feces and urine- several years worth. Undiscovered deaths are being discovered a bit sooner due to the smell that manifests from a decomposed body. Mold, feces, rotten food, dead rodents, rodent feces, and the list goes on and on with items/bio-hazards found in a hoarded home that cause those awful smells most people cannot handle (or their stomach for that matter). Is it a coincidence that the two most common jobs that come with warmer weather were the jobs we had the past week- probably not.
Does our job sound gross to you? I guess I can understand why, however I do not see it that way. Allownersof Bio-One got into this business to help people despite how cliche that may sound. Who better to need help than a family member who discovered their loved one's death caused damage to their home? Or how about a person yearning for a healthier life and is to the point of desperation to get their home cleared out and cleaned? Hoardersdo not like to call us and have strangers come into their home; they are embarrassed and feeling shame and guilt. But, they do call us and we respect them for wanting to better their lives. We have the fortunate opportunity to help others on a day to day basis- how many people can honestly say that?
Jennifer and John Symons l Owners l Bio-One Charlotte
13000 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28278
Topic: Mental Health Awareness
During the month of May, you will start see green ribbons throughout social media or even out in town. These green ribbons are to help bring awareness to Mental Health during the month of May. Unfortunately, many people are affected by a mental illness and you may not even know it. National Alliance on Mental Illness breaks down some facts and numbers for us.
Prevalence of Mental Illness
· Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year.
· pproximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (11.2 million) experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
· Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
· 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
· 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
· 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
· 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
· Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness
Consequences of Lack Of Treatment
· Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
· Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.
· Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions. Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.
· Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 10–34.
· More than 90% of people who die by suicide show symptoms of a mental health condition.
· Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide.
If you, or someone you know needs help or just needs to talk please call the NAMI helpline listed below.
Or, in a crisis? Text NAMI to 741741
John and Jen Symons