First responders in general, and HAZMAT units in particular, must make many quick decisions in handling hazardous materials incidents. To save lives and minimize the impact on the environment and physical property, they need accurate information about the hazardous substances, the emergency resources available, and the surrounding environmental conditions.
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) ensures first responders have the information they need, when they need it. The mobile app and its web version (WebWISER) were developed by CACI for the National Library of Medicine (NLM). They provide crucial, real-time information about hazardous substances, including chemical identification, physical characteristics, and human health, containment, and suppression information. In addition to chemicals, WISER now includes information about radioisotopes and biological agents.