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ARE YOU PREPARED … TO SAVE LIVES?


The issue:
In our nation’s current environment of emergency response planning and preparation to any potential crisis event, there exists a tremendous void in the pre-planning and response capabilities for multi-agency effectiveness as it relates to significant facilities in our communities. Especially vulnerable are high-risk buildings such as schools, and large public or private venues such as: airports, malls, sports complexes, hospitals, nursing homes, court houses and other government buildings.

An identified weakness in the study of previous terrorist/hostage incidents, has been the ability to rapidly locate not only the area within the structure(s) that hostages and/or terrorists are implanted, but also to determine the most effective means of ingress to the situation and egress for those effected. With these responses being most always “multi-jurisdictional”, an even greater void in response planning is created with agencies not familiar with the “incident” area.

We must commit equipment and technical resources to mitigate these response weaknesses. Without rapidly accessible, accurate plans and facilities layouts, as well as grounds/property overviews, incoming responders cannot make quick, safe decisions on deployment of personnel or removal of those in imminent danger. Past experience tells us that these delays have created confusion, delays and lost lives.

Even though we often consider this issue and its consequences in terms of a massive incident such as a terrorist attack, it also applies to individual life threatening health occurrences for which 911 calls are placed everyday, and where a few seconds can save a life.

The Solution:
S.O.S., a PATENTED, Colorized Navigational System of Foremost Safety Solutions Inc. provides a solution. It’s a pre-planning technology and service that takes the interior layout and the exterior site plan of school buildings, airports, malls, and other identified high-risk structures, and makes them “responder friendly.” This system will map every floor in a school or other identified building. The mapping will show every door and room opening. The building is then “zoned” and color-coded for immediate recognition of the affected area. Further, the mapping will show the building as it relates to the overall property indicating critical features of interest to responders, along with an aerial view. It will identify key boxes for exterior door access, and depict room numbers, electric panels, phone switching rooms, utility shutoff locations and even indicates “door swings” for every door to aid SWAT teams and others when planning for action. Also, custom information is available at the click of a mouse such as: digital photos, virtual touring, and emergency procedures. The data is made available on-line at both the emergency dispatcher station and in the first responder vehicles. The software allows for the “911 call” dispatcher to zoom and manipulate the drawings as necessary to give the responders details on their best approach to the situation. The responders then access and view the same data instantly. Interior and exterior color-coded signage in hallways, room interiors, and windows is supplied that allows for easy visible identification of zones, room numbers, and other pertinent identification data.

How it Works:
Caller: 
1. Witness to emergency, calls “911”
2. Identifies location: “High School…Room 233…Green”
3. Describes emergency

911 Dispatcher:
1. Receives call – given information
2. Accesses location on computer screen
3. Gets details from caller
4. Dispatches specific responder units

First Responders: 
1. Receive call from Dispatcher
2. Accesses location on computer or hard copy book
3. Receive incident detail from Dispatcher
4. Starts preplan and entry strategy
5. Coordinates plan with other responders