Grant Provides Emergency Response Capability For School District

Jamison, PA., September 7, 2011 – The Warwick Township Police Department has utilized a recent grant award to upgrade the emergency response procedures for Central Bucks School District and the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. Fire Planning Associates, a local Bucks County technology provider, worked with Warwick Police and surrounding municipalities to utilize their state-of-the-art Blazemark™ pre-planning program to provide first responders with incident action plans.

The Blazemark database will be accessible to police, fire, EMS, and school staff serving the jurisdictions in the Central Bucks School District. Hard copies of the documentation will be provided, but the primary retrieval method for this important information will be through a secure web site accessed through existing lap top computers in emergency vehicles. This information will allow for a more efficient, effective response to a critical incident at a school facility.

The end product developed by Fire Planning Associates, Incorporated (FPA), of Washington Crossing, Bucks County, PA. follows the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1620 “Standard for Pre Incident Planning” will be maintained, and the product will be National Incident Management System-Incident Command System- compliant. The development process will be handled by professional engineers and staff of FPA.

The grant valued at $180,500.00 is funded by the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Warwick Township will be the recipient of the grant and staff will manage the grant process and work with FPA until completion. The Central Bucks School District, Operations Department is a vital partner in this project along with staff at MBIT. The emergency service providers (police, fire and EMS) of each Central Bucks School District municipality cooperated to qualify for the grant. The municipalities are: Boroughs of Chalfont, Doylestown and New Britain, and the Townships of Buckingham, Doylestown, New Britain, Plumstead, Warrington and Warwick.

Those who support the project include former 8th District Congressman Patrick Murphy, Chief James Donnelly of Doylestown Borough Police, Chief Frank Campbell of Chalfont Borough Police, former Chief Don Bowers of New Britain Borough Police, Chief James Miller of Warrington Police, Chief Duane Hasenauer of Plumstead Police, Deputy Chief Scott Henley of Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit, Chief Russell Leets of Chalfont Emergency Medical Services, former Chief Paul Kindermann of Warwick Fire Co., and Chief Michael Bean of Warrington Fire Department.

Fire Planning Associates, with offices in Bucks County, PA, are the designers and developers of Blazemark™ preplans assisting emergency response and facility management personnel with quickly developing an incident action plan, maximizing first responder effectiveness and safety. Blazemark also plays a critical role in helping corporations deal with emergencies as the front end to their business continuity plans and is used by major corporations on a global basis.

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