NEWSLETTER The Newsletter of the First Responder Technologies Program
Volume 2 • Issue 10 • October 2009
Health Line on the Scene (continued)
in additional resources based on the feedback they are receiving on crew members’heart rates, respiration rates, temperatures, and movements. No longer do we have to work crews past the point of total exhaustion and potentially compromise their safely due to the lack of medical monitoring while performing assigned reground tasks.”
The FRS 1000 sensors collect data about rst responders’vital signs and immediately deliver it to incident commanders via the rst responders’ radios. The commanders can monitor up to sixty-four subjects simultaneously on software running on a laptop or personal digital assistant (PDA). The software presents easy- to-understand red/orange/green indicators to help commanders assess every team member’s individual physiological status. According to TSWG, it also provides trend data, through a graphic user interface, to help determine responders’conditions that may include heat stress, fatigue, and trauma.
Four rst responders’heart and breathing rates are measured through the FRS 1000. Responder Bravo’s statistics are shown to be in the orange, meaning he should be watched carefully for possible fatigue. Image courtesy of Zephyr Technology.
“The incident commander sees either green, which means the responder is ne, orange, which means they are getting close to the edge and should be watched, or red, which means really keep an eye on them,”said Small. “For the reghter, the FRS 1000 can provide the data to determine when they are recovered enough to go back into the ght. It can make the dierence from being worked too hard and into light duty or the hospital, and going back into the action.”
realize that it might be more eective to assign additional personnel to the re attack line based on the physiological loads required of them,”explained Campbell.
The FRS 1000 was developed with two designs: a chest strap, similar to a heart rate monitor, and a shirt with the sensor integrated into the fabric. Regardless of the format, the sensors have no external wires. The system is designed for comfort, unobtrusive wear, and quick deployment. Once the strap/transmitter is turned on, it communicates via a Bluetooth link with the rst responder’s radio.
“After this technology is in place and people are comfortable with it, I see it likely changing the way we assign reground tasks. It could be that after seeing several incidents we
Small said the system’s range is the range of the responder group’s radio system. While current designs of the FRS 1000 are compatible with the Motorola XTS 1500, 2500, and 5000 and the Thales MBITR, the product’s design is being adapted to work with other data-capable radios.
For more information on the physiological monitoring system, visit www.zephyr-technology.com or www. tswg.gov/subgroups/tos/tactical-communications- systems/zephyr-physiology-monitoring-system. html?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=500&wid th=600.
The FRS 1000 chest strap format is designed with no external wires. Photo courtesy of Zephyr Technology.