NJ HazMat Team Honors RAE Systems for its Quick Action to Help Protect Hurricane Sandy Responders and Victims
Gas-detection leader hand-delivered critical instruments that helped Berkeley Emergency Response Team save lives in rescue efforts
San Jose, Calif. – August 6, 2013 – RAE Systems Inc., the leader in innovative toxic gas and radiation detection solutions, today announced it has received an Exceptional Service Award from the Berkeley Emergency Response Team in New Jersey. RAE Systems received the award for its quick action during Hurricane Sandy preparations that helped keep responders and the public safe during operations following the largest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, which hit the eastern seaboard Oct. 29, 2012.
As Ocean County, NJ, braced for the storm, its small company of volunteer HazMat responders made preparations to join a larger Ocean County search effort after the storm passed.
The Berkeley Emergency Response Team was split to accompany other county search and rescue teams who would go door-to-door after the storm in search of survivors and victims. They would use their detectors and expertise to make sure structures were safe for urban-search responders to enter safely. Small strike teams were also organized to address the many hazardous materials incidents caused by the cutting winds and severe inland water surges wrought by super-storm Sandy.
But the Response Team was without two of their handheld gas-detection monitors – critical tools used in disaster operations to monitor environments for toxic gases that could endanger the health and lives of responders and the community members they serve. The response team contacted its safety-equipment supplier, Gen-El Safety & Industrial Products, who requested immediate emergency help from Silicon Valley-based RAE Systems.
“We found ourselves in a dilemma,” said Assistant Chief Larry Doyle of the Berkeley Emergency Response Team. “We were down two of our multi-gas detection instruments, and although they were on order, we would not get them before the storm hit. Without those monitors, we effectively would have been shutdown and unable to meet our assistance obligations.”
When the order for the new monitors could not be expedited in time, RAE Systems’ New Jersey-based regional gas-detection expert, G. Robert Ladzinski, responded to the request within hours and hand-delivered two RAE Systems MultiRAE multi-gas monitors with photoionization detection (PID) capabilities to the HazMat unit for use during the storm event.
Utilizing the MultiRAE instruments along with other detection monitors following the storm, the Ocean County HazMat teams responded to gas leaks along the coastal communities devastated by the storm and its 70-mph hurricane-force winds. The teams found gas mainlines that had been severed and damaged gas tanks that were leaking. Many of the oil tanks and drums were floating through neighborhoods or landing in backyards, including drums filled with degreasing agents and two that contained pure methanol, a highly toxic and volatile compound.
“We put RAE Systems’ gas-detection instruments to good use as our HazMat personnel performed stop-and-prevent actions on oil tank leaks, propane cylinders and natural gas lines for five days after Hurricane Sandy slammed the coast,” said Doyle. “Stepping up to help us in such a committed way really says a lot about the company, its suppliers and its employees, and we wanted to recognize them with this award.”
The Berkeley Emergency Response Team commendation awards were presented to John Kelley of Gen-El Safety & Products and RAE Systems’ Ladzinski for providing the critical monitoring equipment needed to protect Ocean County responders and citizens.
“RAE Systems always strives to exceed customer expectations – but these first responders are the real heroes,” said Ladzinski, who drove four hours to deliver the gas monitors ahead of the storm. “We are humbled to receive this award from a group that knows something about making personal sacrifices to get things done.”
RAE Systems’ MultiRAE – Six Threats, One Instrument
The latest MultiRAE family of multi-threat monitors combines best-in-class gas- and radiation-detection capabilities with integrated wireless functionality and man-down alarms to keep emergency responders safe. The MultiRAE Pro Portable Multi-Threat Monitor can be easily configured to detect and monitor more than 300 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gamma radiation, 55 combustible gases and vapors, and 25 specific toxic gases – up to six threats at a time – all in a single, highly versatile monitor. When deployed on RAE Systems’ ProRAE Guardian Wireless Safety Monitoring System, MultiRAE instruments deliver a five-way notification system for gas, radiation and man-down alarms for instantaneous and unmistakable on-scene alerts while simultaneously alarming at a remote command center.
Learn More, See More
- Watch an overview video of the MultiRAE family of wireless, portable monitors HERE
- Watch videos on RAE Systems gas detectors used in live burn training practical sessions HERE
- Learn more and watch videos about real-time gas detection in HazMat situations and the fireground HERE
- Support the New Jersey FOOLS, a fraternal organization that assists responders impacted by the storm, by mailing a donation to: New Jersey FOOLS, 10 Soden Ct., Hamilton, NJ, 08620
- Support the New Jersey Relief Fund, an association that helps long-term recovery groups and non-profit organizations aiding in New Jersey's rebuilding effort HERE
About Berkeley Township Emergency Response Team
The Berkeley Township Emergency Response Team of New Jersey was incorporated in 1995 and currently has 24 state-certified HazMat technicians with four trucks and five support trailers. The unit provides HazMat and CBRNE response throughout Ocean County, NJ, through an agreement with the Ocean Health Department and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as part of the county’s Environmental Health Act. The unit also contracts independently with all of Ocean County’s 33 municipalities for emergency services. Learn more at http://bert85.com/.
About RAE Systems Inc.
RAE Systems innovates, designs and manufacturers gas and radiation sensors and detectors. The company offers a full line of fixed and portable gas detection solutions, including handheld and personal chemical, compound and radiation detection instruments. RAE Systems’ real-time safety and detection systems have been deployed by organizations in the oil and gas, fire and HazMat, industrial safety, national security and defense and environmental markets, helping save lives and maintain safety in 120 countries. The company’s industry-leading gas and radiation sensor and detection solutions are widely recognized for their performance and reliability. Learn more at raesystems.com.
On June 4, 2013, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) completed its acquisition of RAE Systems Inc. RAE Systems is now part of Honeywell Analytics, part of Honeywell Life Safety (HLS) within Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS). Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges.