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Helping Hazmat Responders

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A new version of the Chemical Companion Decision Support System provides first responders with detailed information about chemicals that may be associated with hazmat incidents. The update enhances the software, which now features more than a dozen tools, as well as information about more than 550 chemicals.

Originally designed for Windows machines, the new version will enable Apple iOS and Android mobile devices to run the software. Although Chemical Companion originally targeted first responders in fire and rescue departments, today, forensic teams and bomb squads also use it. Among its potential applications: helping determine distances to cordon off around an incident, selecting decontamination processes, and recommending protective equipment for first responders.

Funded by the U.S. federal government’s Technical Support Working Group, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, and Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the software is free to the military, law enforcement, and fire departments. More than 1,200 active accounts are registered with users in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Israel.

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