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Restoring lives

When and if the shock of flood damage, suicides, sewer backups, or other unexpected events sinks in, remediation helps victims tackle the mess.

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Certifiably centered

The Lawton, Oklahoma native had worked for another remediation/restoration company for four years prior to joining FGS just a week before the August storm. He’s earned certifications from both the Restoration Sciences Academy (RSA) and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), which he considers the “big dog” for training and certifications. As such, he’s trained in water restoration and certified in applied structural drying, fire, odor, mold, trauma, carpet, and lead.

FGS, a “sister” of Wisconsin Management Co., prides itself on being a one-stop-shop, offering everything from cleanup through rebuild.

Beasley works on the remedial side of the business, and says a typical day may include service calls for residential water leaks or mold usually caused by slow-leaking refrigerators or roofs. The company, though, handles projects of all types and sizes, from sewer system backups, to fire damage, to trauma (accidents or suicides).

“Those are the hardest cases,” Beasley acknowledges. “Hoarders are unique, too,” he adds. During his career he’s been called on to remove belongings from hoarder’s homes, which then require complete sanitization. “I’ve found pets that were missing, and other biologicals,” he reports.

Like first responders, remediation and restoration teams deal with unforeseen circumstances all the time, but the most difficult situations are those that happen around the holidays, he says.

Yes, it can be a dirty job, sometimes requiring Tyvek suits, masks, or hepatitis B or tetanus shots, but the human element is what keeps Beasley coming back, the ability to offer a solution and some much-needed empathy and compassion when people are suddenly faced with a life-altering event.

A U.S. Army veteran who was awarded two Bronze Stars for service in Granada and Southwest Asia, Beasley insists helping people just makes him feel good.

“You go in and you can see the shock on people’s faces because they don’t know what to do. We explain what needs to be done and after they see that we know what we’re doing, they relax knowing that it’s going to be handled. It’s okay. When we’re done, they’re so thankful.”

Still, the most difficult part of remediation work might be finding others to share that same passion, he acknowledges. “This is a unique field. You have to want to do it and enjoy it.”

Meanwhile at Hitters, Tennison believes the facility dodged a bullet. “I think we really got lucky because this storm hit when we were right between our summer and indoor seasons. We were able to get up and running on the tennis facilities first and open probably a lot sooner than many businesses.”

With Hitters open for business, Beasley hops in his car to check on two residential mold concerns in the area. “I like these jobs,” he smiles. “To me, they are the most interesting because of the challenge of finding the mold.”

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