Delaware Standardizes State Firefighters’ Gas Detectors To Enhance Personal and Public Safety

Delaware Standardizes State Firefighters’ Gas Detectors To Enhance Personal and Public Safety
Multi-state contract utilized to procure easy-to-use RAE Systems’
multi-gas monitors and increase safety-equipment interoperability

BALTIMORE, Md. - July 20, 2011 – RAE Systems, Inc. today announced its easy-to-use multi-gas monitors and calibration stations will be issued to all fire-service departments throughout the State of Delaware. The cross-state adoption of RAE Systems’ monitors is part of the state’s continuing effort to standardize its gas-detection monitoring equipment to enhance safety for first responders and the residents they protect.

The Delaware selection committee chose RAE Systems’ full-featured QRAE II pumped gas detectors and AutoRAE Lite automated bump-test and calibration stations after securing inputs from the state’s firefighting jurisdictions. The selection committee also utilized a multi-state procurement contract designed to simplify and expedite procurement of hazardous-incident-response equipment.

RAE Systems will demonstrate its QRAE II monitors at the Fire House Expo July 21-23 at Booth #219 in the Baltimore Convention Center.

Easy Standardization
Emergency responders nationwide continue to look for ways to further safety-equipment interoperability to ensure compatibility and familiarity when working with responders from other departments. The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) will work with the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association (DVFA) to allocate the RAE Systems’ equipment to all firehouses statewide.

“Ease-of-use was one of our top criteria in our final selection and made it an effortless decision to standardize using these products,” said DVFA President Bill Tobin. “Simple operation and maintenance means volunteer responders can enhance personal and public safety without complicated test routines, and burdensome calibration and bump-test procedures. Instead, responders can focus on the important jobs they need to do with peace of mind that the equipment they are using is going to operate as designed.”

The rugged QRAE II is a full-featured, compact, one- to four-sensor gas detector with a powerful built-in pump. Its easy-to-use operation provides continuous exposure monitoring of oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, and combustible gases for responders and workers in hazardous environments. The AutoRAE Lite automated bump-test and calibration station for the QRAE II monitors provides fast and easy, single-button bump testing and calibration of the monitor, and streamlines data downloads for easy and accurate record keeping.

Delaware Statewide Monitor Use and Training
RAE Systems’ channel partner, Gen-El Safety and Industrial Products, will provide training support for the new equipment. The QRAE II monitors and one-button AutoRAE Lite stations also will be used to train firefighters at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover.

“An important part of our standardization effort is to have all of the state’s firefighters trained on the proper use of the equipment when the new instruments are distributed,” said Allen Metheny, the DVFA fire-service discipline lead for homeland security.

Additionally, the State of Delaware will receive RAE Systems’ industry-leading 24/7 service and support with a two-year warranty that virtually eliminates out-of-pocket maintenance costs during the warranty period. This reduces the total cost of ownership for the safety equipment.

Multi-State Procurement Contract
The State of Delaware’s purchase of RAE Systems’ QRAE II monitors and AutoRAE Lite calibration and bump-test stations was made through a multi-state procurement contract. The Hazardous Incident Response Equipment (HIRE) contract allows state, county and municipal entities within member states to easily and seamlessly procure instruments from RAE Systems. Gen-El Safety and Industrial Products of Randolph, New Jersey, is RAE Systems’ channel partner for the HIRE contract in Delaware.

“The contract significantly simplifies and expedites the procurement process for all member states by eliminating time-consuming bid requirements and giving firefighting organizations greater flexibility in allocating safety-equipment revenues,” said John Kelley of Gen-El Safety and Industrial Products.

Today, 17 states participate in the HIRE agreement. These states are: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia.

Learn More, See More

  1. To watch a video on QRAE II, click HERE
  2. To receive a demo of QRAE II, click HERE
  3. To get more information on the multi-state HIRE contract, click HERE

About RAE Systems
RAE Systems, Inc. is a leading global provider of rapidly deployable, connected and intelligent gas, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and radiation-detection systems that enable real-time safety- and security-threat detection. The company’s monitors deliver proven wireless and fixed-connection performance, and are used by many leading corporations, first responders and government agencies worldwide. Thousands of RAE Systems’ monitors are in operation in industrial, emergency response, homeland security, civil defense, oil and gas, military and environmental organizations in more than 120 countries.

RAE Systems offers a full line of wirelessly enabled solutions, including personal, hand-held, transportable and fixed instruments designed to meet the needs of any use scenario. Its fast and accurate detection products enable rapid action by displaying safety data immediately – even from remote workers to help preserve health, save lives, and protect equipment and property. RAE Systems provides an open threat-detection platform that integrates with a range of sensing monitors from RAE Systems and other companies. For more information on RAE Systems, visit raesystems.com.