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A long-awaited system developed to reduce firefighter deaths and disability due to stress and lack of data will be available this year. Dubbed the Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform, WASP is a first-generation sensor system used in infrastructure-free and GPS-denied environments to track fire personnel. The wireless technologies are integrated into turnout gear and a new technical based layer developed by Globe Mfg. and their textile technology partner, Propel LLC.
Tracking firefighters became a priority after the 1999 Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire, in which six firefighters were killed after becoming lost. The idea re-energized after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when federal leadership tasked scientists with developing technologies that could track firefighters in buildings where GPS was unavailable.
It is an important technology, and is one of the industry’s top priorities. Indeed, the InterAgency Board listed in its 2012 R&D priority report that the No. 1issue was for the industry to determine a way to track the location of firefighters at incidents. Sanctioned by the U.S. attorney general, the InterAgency Board was founded in 1998 to strengthen the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond safely and effectively to emergencies, disasters and CBRNE incidents.
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