FiRST provides First Responders, Emergency Managers and associated government officials easy access to map-based improvised explosive device (IED) standoff distances and HAZMAT spill evacuation areas. FiRST is available on Windows, Android and iOS (iPhone/iPad) platforms.
FiRST IED standoff data is based on criteria set by the DHS Office for Bombing Prevention. The IED range-to-effect data is based on the FEMA 426, Reference Manual to Mitigate Potential Terrorist Attacks Against Buildings. Hazmat evacuation and reference data based on the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) developed jointly by Transport Canada (TC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Secretariat of Transport and Communications of Mexico (SCT) and with the collaboration of CIQUIME (Centro de Información Química para Emergencias) of Argentina.
NOTE: The DHS IED standoff data is automatically available to users that register the application using a .gov, .mil, or .us email extension and subsequently validate the email (an email with validation link is generated at time of registration). Other users that need access to DHS IED standoff data can request access on the FiRST Registration dialog. This dialog can be accessed after registration from Options, Register FiRST. Access to IED standoff data for users without a .gov, .mil, or .us email extension is not guaranteed.
Features of the Windows PC software include:
- Display IED Mandatory Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Zones for 8 pre-defined bomb sizes
- Define custom IED types and standoff distances
- Display Isolation Zones and down-wind Protection Zones for over 3,000 chemicals
- Display distance to glass breakage, injury, and structural damage based on pre-defined bomb sizes
- Information displayed on ESRI World Imagery and Open Street Maps, with functionality to zoom, search by address, and map/satellite/hybrid views
- Automatically retrieve current winds (Powered by WeatherBug ), or forecast wind direction from the National Weather Service (US only) or Meteorologisk Institutt (Worldwide); weather can also be user defined
- Search and display points of interest (schools, nurseries, hospitals, police/fire stations, and government facilities) from Google Search services to identify key facilities near the incident area
- Run roadblock analysis services to identify within seconds the optimal location of roadblocks to isolate an incident area
- Place and label points, lines and polygons on the map to identify key locations or response plans
- Send an automated summary of the incident (text, map image, map data shape and kml file attachments) in an email to other response personnel
- Includes reference material from the 2012 ERG and important chemical contacts for quick calling
- Store map images (including legends) for reference when connectivity prevents access to network maps
- Save and retrieve results
The FiRST Windows PC is fully integrated with the FiRST Sharing Service, which allows for posting, alerting and retrieving of incidents within an organizational controlled group of FiRST users (Android, iOS, and Windows PC). Find out more about the FiRST Sharing Service at www.firstsupporttools.com/Service.