SERT-HazMat Goes Digital with D4H to Transform Record Keeping for Team Audit

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The Southwest Emergency Response Team (SERT-HazMat) has put technology at the forefront with a D4H implementation. Their aim was to funnel all their team record keeping and information into a single place; with an end goal to create a one stop solution where team members go to complete their work.

Intro

The Southwest Emergency Response Team (SERT-HazMat) is a regional asset that provides hazardous material response to the 19 communities belonging to the Southwest Council of Governments. Located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, this Type II team serves a population of approximately 400,000 within 182 square miles. SERT- HazMat has 62 members who engage in monthly team training at various locations. This training includes a review of new and existing equipment, changes in metering technology, biological response, chemical response and working with local FBI and Civil Support Teams.

Challenge

Since its inception in 2002, the Ohio HazMat TAC has worked with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) to improve public safety response to incidents involving hazardous materials in Ohio. The Hazmat TAC has developed and implemented a plan to ensure rapid response of well trained and appropriately equipped hazmat team teams to every area of the state. This process included developing a required equipment list (REL), training and personnel requirements, protocols for regional and statewide mutual aid response and dispatch guidelines for the public safety Hazmat teams providing mutual aid through the Ohio Fire Response Plan. The Hazmat TAC has also assisted public safety hazmat teams in self-verifying as a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type I, II or III team based on their equipment and capabilities.

Solution/goals

In order to fully comply with NIMS Team Typing, Ohio HazMat TAC set up a verification process for voluntary inspection. This means inspections teams visit each HazMat team and verify that they meet their typing requirements under up to 112 criteria. Use of D4H software proved instrumental during the recent state audit of the SERT-HazMat team by Ohio Hazmat TAC. The team was easily able to verify their capabilities under the 112 criteria at the click of a mouse during a single inspection. Use of D4H software not only proved instrumental during the recent audit but also in preparation for the recent Republican National Convention, ensuring the team was ready to go for it’s next tasking.

D4H™ is multi­-award-winning Response Team Management software which is designed especially for the preparation, management, analysis, and prevention of incidents. The software is available as a complete suite or can be broken down into independent modules D4H Personnel & Training, D4h Equipment Management, D4H Live Response, and D4H Incident Reporting & Analytics.

What we’re able to do with D4H software is a revolution for our team. It’s like having an additional Team Director on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Nick Zaminska the Director of the SERT-HazMat Team Team Typing, Verification, and Inspection

About D4H

D4H Readiness & Response software is the complete but modular solution used by thousands of emergency response teams and corporations around the world to professionally manage their incidents, personnel, and equipment.

D4H supports over 70.000 responders and tracks over 15 million hours of response data every year from terrorist attacks to natural disasters, from maritime emergencies to chemical spills.

We don’t simply support responders, we are responders. We have a duty to innovate; to keep improving our software through response team’s feedback combined with the latest technologies available. We lead the field by leveraging our own experiences, constantly testing our solutions and striving to be the best at supporting our customer’s mission.

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