The Emergency Response Decision Support System (ERDSS, aka Chemical Companion) provides first responders with decision support for hazardous environments including Hazmat, Fire, EOD, and more.
This software tool, which operates on Windows and iOS, is provided free-of-charge to the military, law enforcement, and fire departments.
ERDSS is the property of MEPSS. Hazard3 is the authorized training partner of MEPSS.
The current software version is 4.7 which was released in September 2020. Keep an eye out for two software updates in 2021.
Focus on setting-up and utilizing ERDSS in planning, training, and operations utilizing scenario-based exercises.
This in-person, instructor-led course ranges from 6 - 8 hours in length depending upon lengths of dicussions.
A series of 3 on-line Modules focusing on basic tools sets, advanced hazmat, and explosives/fire response. Modules combine guidance on operations and scenarios to optimize use. Modules are 2.5 - 3 hours in length to minimize on-line learning fatigue.
Use the Hazard3 online software or mobile app to learn about each ERDSS module and solve scenarios using a microlearning approach where each segment is limited to 5-7 minutes and one topic area.
The basic tools sets within ERDSS include navigation, settings, reporting, known chemical search, unknown chemical search, chemical comparer. and unit converter.
ERDSS contains a series of calculators which use data from a variety of sources to calculate end points for you. Hazmat calculators include absorption, canister life, ventilation, volume, gas expansion, and pH neutralization.
Decision support tools are more complex than the hazmat calculators. These walk the operator through a series of questions or steps and help determine the next steps. Current hazmat decision support tools include decontamination, detector, detection environment, binary reactions, respiratory protection, lab identifier, and the Emergency Response Guidebook.
There are a series of tools to assist EOD response or tactical entry personnel or those supporting them. They range from simple BLEVE tables and bomb threat stand-off distances to blast tools and crater calculators.
The current Firefighting tools within ERDSS include recommended fire suppression media for chemical fires (per individual chemical), expected combustion products for chemicals fires (per individual chemical), foam calculations, acetylene cylinder response guidelines, a calculator for thermal protective performance of turnout gear, and a decision support tool to minimize exposure to combustion byproducts.