App Helps First Responders with Hazardous Materials

December 13, 2013

Originally published May 06, 2013


First responders and HAZMAT units, in particular, must make many decisions quickly in handling hazardous-materials incidents. They need accurate information about the hazardous substances, the emergency resources available, and the surrounding environmental conditions to save lives and minimize the impact on the environment and physical property.


The WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) app helps them do just that.


WISER extracts content from TOXNET's Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), an authoritative, peer-reviewed information resource maintained by the National Library of Medicine, and places that information into the hands of those who need it most. Other features of WISER include: rapid access to the most important information about a hazardous substance by an intelligent synopsis engine and display called Key Info; intuitive, simple, logical user interface developed by working with experienced first responders; and comprehensive decision support, including guidance on immediate actions necessary to save lives and protect the environment.

The app also has user profiles which enable users to specify the role they are currently playing at the scene of an incident such as first responder, HAZMAT specialist or EMS specialist. The key information presented to the user about a substance varies depending on this role, so that the information most relevant to the respective job can be quickly accessed.

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Story by DPH Communications

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