National Guard Buys RAE Kits To Help First Responders

RAE portable toxic gas and radiation detection equipment has been deployed with the National Guard.
RAE portable toxic gas and radiation detection equipment has been deployed with the National Guard.

The United States Army National Guard has purchased and received delivery of custom configured RAE Systems’ AreaRAE, wireless, Rapid Deployment Kits (RDKs). These equip all 55 Civil Support Teams (CSTs) with portable toxic gas and radiation detection equipment.

The Selection Process

The key to the selection process was the ability for the CST deployed systems to interoperate and provide mutual aid, as well as interface to existing AreaRAE systems already in use by civilian first responders.

The AreaRAE RDK can be quickly configured and deployed in any response scenario. It 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, according to RAE Systems.

“We are proud to continue contributing to the safety and security of all Americans,” said Robert Chen, chief executive officer for RAE Systems. “…We see this nationwide deployment as an affirmation of our leadership in the creation and on-going development of wireless sensor networks to provide life-critical and time-critical information.”

Chen said the National Guard’s selection of AreaRAE Rapid Deployment Kits adds to the more than 600 networks and 2,500 monitors already deployed with civilian first responders and industrial customers.

The National Guard has 55 CST units deployed across the United States and U.S. territories on standby seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 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 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, oxygen level sensors, lower explosive limit (LEL) and RAE Systems’ patented photo ionization detector (PID) for the detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pepper spray and most chemical warfare agents, according to RAE Systems.

Toxic Gas Sensors

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 detects the presence of dangerous gamma-emitting radioactive material.

The CST version of each AreaRAE Host Control Unit 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.

RAE Systems is a leading global provider of rapidly deployable sensor networks that enable firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency management personnel to detect, provide early warning and record events that involve weapons of mass destruction and other hazardous materials.

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