The ruggedized wireless Rapid Deployment Kits for response to Chemical, Weapons of Mass Destruction or Radiation incidents
By Mike Hanlon
October 18, 2006
October 19, 2006 This is the latest ruggedized, wireless, AreaRAE Rapid Deployment Kits for response to Chemical, Weapons of Mass Destruction or Radiation incidents. Made by RAE Systems, it’s one of a number of new rapidly deployable sensor networks that enable first responders to identify safety and security threats in real time. One of the first to order the new system was the United States National Guard which has already taken delivery of 55 custom configured AreaRAE RDKs to equip all 55 Civil Support Teams (CSTs) with portable toxic gas and radiation detection equipment. Key to the selection process was the ability for the CST deployed systems to interoperate, provide mutual aid, as well as interface to existing AreaRAE systems already in use by civilian first responders. The AreaRAE RDK is designed to be quickly configured and deployed in any response scenario and can integrate a wide range of detection equipment including RAE Systems’ portable monitors and third-party devices, all operating wirelessly and instantly providing data for incident commanders through a single real-time interface.
The new, stainless steel hardened, AreaRAE Rapid Deployment Kits by the National Guard CSTs adds to the more than 600 AreaRAE networks and over 2,500 monitors that are already deployed with our civilian first responder and industrial customers.
There are currently 55 CST units deployed across the United States and U.S. territories on standby seven days a week, 24 hours a day, that are equipped to respond within 90 minutes of a suspected Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incident. Their mission is to assess the likelihood of a suspected WMD attack, advise civilian responders on appropriate actions through on-site testing and expert consultation, and facilitate the arrival of additional state and federal resources. CSTs have provided support to civil authorities in every major event since 1999 including Hurricane Katrina, Super Bowls, the Columbia Shuttle recovery and Olympic events.
The AreaRAE RDK model selected by the National Guard consists of four stainless steel, wireless, AreaRAE monitors. All four monitors include GPS receivers, sensors for oxygen level, lower explosive limit and RAE Systems’ patented photoionization detector (PID) for the detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pepper spray and most chemical warfare agents. Two of the AreaRAE monitors in the RDK are configured with two specific toxic gas sensors that can be field selected from an assorted list of toxic sensors, while the other two AreaRAE monitors in the CST Detector Kit include RAE Systems quick-responding cesium-iodide gamma radiation sensor that warns of the presence of any dangerous gamma-emitting radioactive material.
The CST version of each AreaRAE Host Control Unit also includes the HazRAE Chemical/Biological/Radiological and WMD Decision Support software application. HazRAE’s unique patent-pending capabilities provide the CST Command, Operations, Medical and Survey Sections with real-time answers ranging from traditional hazardous materials incident response to terrorist-related incidents.