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Landisburg Vol. Fire Company Selects Onsite ERT

Ann Arbor, MI (July 28, 2011) –
Accurate on-scene personnel accountability is something every Incident Commander struggles with. How can you track all of your responders during the chaos of an emergency when high volumes of radio traffic make it almost impossible to stay in contact with command? Did someone just call a Mayday? Who was it? Where are they and has anyone gone in after them? What’s the cost of guessing wrong in these situations?

To solve their on-scene accountability problems, the Landisburg Volunteer Fire Company will be implementing OnSite ERT™, the industry leading tracking technology from ERT Systems. The system will replace the departments’ former, less reliable tools used to determine crew status and locations during emergencies.

The system was purchased through Safeware, one of ERT Systems’ premiere resellers, in part with funds from the Pennsylvania State VFCVAS Grant program. The department will put OnSite ERT™ into service at emergency scenes beginning late summer of 2011. The Onsite ERT™ technology uses a combination of lightweight ID tags, portable Zone Readers and Incident Command software to offer a clear, real-time view of on-scene personnel and their current locations – all from the screen of a laptop.

"Being in a rural area of PA, many members drive their own vehicles to the scene and arrive and leave at different times throughout the incidents” said Landisburg Assistant Fire Chief Todd Shelley. “The OnSite ERT automated system will not only let us know who is on the scene, but where they are and what tasks they are assigned to” he added.” He added “Accurate accountability has always been a struggle, but now we are extremely confident that we can ensure a safer fire ground operation."

The brainchild of retired Fire Commander John Ellis and technology expert Dennis Carmichael, OnSite ERT is a portable and rapidly deployable system for tracking and monitoring first responders and equipment for the duration of an emergency event. Designed specifically to meet the unique needs of firefighters, the product is gaining traction among fire departments nationwide, already in use by over 50 departments across the US and Canada, with more on the horizon.

OnSite ERT has also proven beneficial for use in mutual-aid and combined-response events, streamlining operations, and improving post-incident reporting and performance analysis. The system tracks and records all on-scene activity, which helps departments comply with federal rules and regulations to further limit legal risks in the event of a tragedy.

“As a Chief Officer, I know how it feels to lose track of a firefighter on scene,” Ellis said. “Our goal is to make sure that never happens, and we want to eventually see every department using this technology. In the end, it’s all about safety, and with OnSite ERT, the Chief might be able to send someone home who wouldn’t have made it otherwise.”

About OnSite ERT
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ERT Systems, LLC offers OnSite ERT, a portable and rapidly-deployable system for tracking and locating personnel and equipment on scene at emergency events. In addition to single-department solutions, ERT Systems also offers ERT Central™, an on-line database for automatically sharing information in real time between mutual-aid partners, regional response, and remote Emergency Operations Centers. OnSite ERT is on the DHS Authorized Equipment List and is approved for grant purchase. For more information, go to www.OnSiteERT.com or call (734) 327-9532.

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Media Contact: John Ellis, ERT Systems, 734-327-9532 or John@onsiteert.com

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