DATELINE (October 21, 2009) – Scott Health & Safety is proud to introduce the second generation of the Scott Electronic Management System (SEMS II) for on scene firefighter accountability. This remarkable accountability system puts the incident commander at every firefighter’s side, displaying information vital to personal safety in volatile and dangerous situations, while providing a continuous link of communications to the command station. And with its integrated personnel locator, it provides the peace of mind that a downed or trapped firefighter can be quickly found.
“Fire ground accountability and fire scene management are always key for any emergency standard operating procedure,” says Tony Topf, Scott’s Product Line Manager for Accountability products, “but firefighter safety and personnel accountability are the most important safety elements of any fire emergency operation. That is why we developed SEMS II system in conjunction with firefighters.”
Based on the concept of the first generation Scott SEMS product, SEMS II Accountability System was designed with significant improvements utilizing wireless functionality, mesh networking technology, and personal programming capabilities. It is a marked advancement in the field of firefighter safety and on-scene personnel accountability.
Scott’s SEMS II is a highly functional, programmable ID accountability system with three distinct, yet interconnected functions – a personal accountability system, a PASS (personal alert safety system) device, and a personnel location system. These functions provide the highest level of personal safety to the firefighter and an advance system of personnel accountability to the incident command center.
Scott incorporated all three functions into the new SEMS II accountability system to ensure initialization of all safety systems when the valve of the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air cylinder is opened. “There is no chance for a firefighter to forget to engage his PASS device, turn on his locator, or initiate the SEMS II unit with our integrated system,” says Mr. Topf.
The personnel accountability function of the SEMS II system operates as a two-way, visual and audible method of communications for all-calls and self-evacuations and monitors the assignment and status of over 100 firefighters on scene. Each SEMS II system includes a wireless transceiver that is built into the PASS device, that transmits critical information between the firefighter and base command when the PASS unit is automatically or manually activated. The incident commander receives transmissions from each activated SEMS II unit regarding the SCBA’s cylinder pressure level, firefighter immobility, self-evacuation, and range/link status from firefighters on scene. Better yet, Scott Health and Safety developed each SEMS II system to be a repeater so that operating ranges can be increased and provides the Incident Commander/Accountability Officer a peace of mind knowing that they can account for their personnel without range limitations found with other systems.
Unique to Scott’s SEMS II system is its patented mesh networking - the technology that allows continuous communication by hopping between SCBA until a destination is reached. More simply, all activated SEMS II units communicate to the incident command computer both directly and through other operating units. This forms a communications “mesh network” to the base station, extending the range for the furthest SCBA. The SEMS II system has proven to transmit via the wireless network at ranges longer than portable radios and from within structures where portable radios may have difficulty penetrating.