Fire & Hazmat
RAE Systems provides a variety of gas and radiation detection monitors to help emergency response, fire, and HazMat teams identify the presence of toxic chemicals, combustible materials, and radiation. These solutions range from compact, portable single-gas detection to multi-threat gas detection monitors. With GPS-enabled devices, wireless connectivity, man-down alarms, biometric tracking, and full browser and tablet integration, our systems give incident command centers the interoperability and anywhere, anytime information they need to protect their people and the general public in the face of toxic incidents, fire sites, plumes, and other unknown threats.
Today’s first responders can face situations ranging from chemical and VOC releases to TIC and radioactive agents. RAE Systems offers superior multi-threat chemical and radiation detection units that are portable and can be integrated with third-party systems. Our fully immersible gas and radiation monitoring solutions provide the proven reliability, precision, and ease of use your teams need to be effective.
Clandestine labs pose unique risks for not only the general public, but for the response personnel called to investigate and remediate them. Responders need to know what’s in the structure, how to approach assessment, and the threats that are present. RAE Systems provides the tools to determine risk by detecting multiple toxic and combustible gases, VOCs and TICs in parts per million (ppm) or parts per billion (ppb). Our gas detection monitors can be used for preliminary site assessment, sampling protocols, data recording and reporting, to help your teams follow safe, standard operating procedures.
Confined Space Entry
Firefighters and HazMat teams must enter confined spaces as a regular part of their duties. Portable RAE Systems solutions provide a reliable, highly responsive way to assess and monitor oxygen levels, oxygen displacement, combustibility, flammability, and toxicity. RAE Systems units detect likely poisonous gases, and use PID sensors to signal the presence of other VOCs to keep responders safe during entry or rescue operations. This information can also help them choose the right equipment, including skin coverage and full SCBA gear, to do their job safely. Plus, wireless connectivity enables remote monitoring for real-time situational awareness.
Accurate identification of toxic substances and effective decontamination procedures are essential parts of the job for HazMat teams and part of OSHA and NIOSH regulations. RAE Systems multi-gas parts per million (ppm) and parts per billion (ppb) devices enable decontamination teams to reliably and accurately screen individuals for toxic chemicals and other hazards as they emerge from a site. These monitors can be used throughout the decontamination process to assess effectiveness. Plus, the RAE Systems portable devices used in emergency response are fully waterproof, so that they can also be completely decontaminated after use.
When firefighters, police, and EMS teams first arrive at a scene, it’s imperative they understand the risks present at the location, whether they’re responding to a structure fire, chemical spill, or unknown origin of an injury or fatality. Wearing a personal gas detector from RAE Systems enables them to identify potential toxins in the air and leaking compounds. RAE Systems portable detectors can also be used to set up a continuously monitored perimeter around the incident location, to protect the public and additional response teams by providing real-time knowledge of what’s leaking, toxicity levels, and how it’s dispersing. And because the information is centralized at the command center, arriving teams can gain fast access to levels and toxicity data via PC, smartphone, or tablet.
After a fire has been suppressed and teams engage in overhaul operations to identify potential sources of re-ignition, numerous hazards persist. HCN and other particles or gases can remain trapped in the walls and release when cooled, or can fall from the ceiling. In a fire situation, today’s building materials can cause toxic off-gassing – even if they were only heated, not burned. Portable, area and personal RAE Systems monitors can help determine which toxins are in the fireground and overhaul environment and provide the real-time information necessary to decide whether to treat the site as a HazMat situation, or whether it’s safe to remove SCBA.
HazMat teams are summoned to assess, neutralize and dispose of the most dangerous chemical, biological, and radioactive substances in a variety of serious situations. HazMat teams must know in real-time exactly what chemical threats they face, which PPE suits to wear, and when the area is safe. RAE Systems gas and radiation detection monitors deliver the 24/7/365, anywhere, anytime, real-time gas, incident and man-down information to reduce responder risk and provide situational response data that can help facilitate faster incident response and remediation, improve community notification, and increase public safety.
Portable, personal are or truck-mounted gas and radiation detection monitors enable HazMat teams to quickly and wirelessly identify threats as they enter the scene. The team can then establish a perimeter with rugged, field-tested RAE Systems monitors at the edge of the hazard zone that wirelessly send real-time data to a remote command center or to other teams, remediation experts, and public safety leaders. Advanced modeling software enables teams to predict where plumes may end up based on current conditions. And with physiological monitors, responders can be monitored for heat stress or other physical issues. Since response teams may be from different locations and under different commands, RAE Systems products can interconnect with third-party devices and networks to provide a comprehensive view of potential threats.
Residential EMS calls can involve contact with toxic or combustible substances. Frequently carbon monoxide (CO), a by-product of fuel that has been improperly burned can be found in structures. Also, paramedics should be conscious of the potential for HCN at a fire scene. RAE Systems single-gas detectors are proven, fast, reliable and conveniently worn or carried so that responders and EMS personnel, and other first responders can quickly ascertain whether CO or another toxic gas is present.
Urban Search & Rescue
When large-scale disaster strikes, urban search & rescue teams can face unexpected exposure to toxic and combustible gases. These teams need to be ready for anything during search & rescue missions. RAE Systems solutions provide the data necessary to respond appropriately. Our multi-agent detectors enable team members to obtain real-time detailed data on specific toxic gases, and our patented PID sensors provide broad-based assessment for other VOCs that might be present due to leaks or fire. Portable radiation detection and dosimeters can also provide warning during accidents involving hospital, research, power, and nuclear facilities.
At large public activities such as sporting events, races, concerts, and political rallies, protection against chemical and radioactive threats requires a multi-level wireless area, portable and survey detection approach. Whether the threat is malicious or accidental, for example a broken propane tank pipe or trucks idling in a confined space, the danger is just as real. RAE Systems gas and radiation monitors provide real-time area monitoring with wireless connectivity, as well as portable detection for personnel. Data can be sent to a remote command center or other teams, remediation experts and public safety leaders for access using a PC, smartphone or tablet. Since response teams may be from different locations and under different commands, RAE Systems products can interconnect with third-party devices and networks to provide a comprehensive view of potential threats.