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International Association of Fire Chiefs to partner with Intermedix, Esri to build National Mutual Aid System.

Written by Caitlin McDougall | 13-Nov-2017 19:08:00

Once again, Intermedix are bringing emergency preparedness to those who need it most.

After partnering with Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities in 2016 in order to enhance network cities' emergency management efforts and resiliency goals, it has recently been announced that Intermedix will now partner with the International Association of Fire Chiefs in the US to help build the National Mutual Aid System - a tool that allows emergency response personnel to manage information sharing, event reporting, task management, and communications with partner agencies and organisations during mutual aid responses.

As the sole partner of Intermedix for Australasia, we've witnessed first-hand WebEOC's (Intermedix's flagship product) ability to support and enable robust, transparent, and streamlined emergency preparedness and response efforts within a number of major policing and emergency authorities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

You can read the full press release below:

(From the Homeland Preparedness News US, 26/10/17)

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced this week an agreement to partner on building the National Mutual Aid System (NMAS) with health and safety solutions company Intermedix and spatial analytics company Esri.

The NMAS will replace the IAFC’s Mutual Aid Net tool built in 2008. Emergency response personnel use the tool to manage and track resources during mutual aid responses.

“The IAFC is extremely pleased to partner with Intermedix and Esri to build the next generation of the National Mutual Aid System,” Tommy Hicks, IAFC’s chief programs & technology officer and assistant executive director, said. “Ensuring that emergency managers and responders have real-time information and resources at their fingertips is an essential to protecting their communities from harm.”

The NMAS will use Esri’s ArcGIS, a location intelligence platform, and Intermedix’s WebEOC, a crisis information management software. WebEOC will allow IAFC to manage information sharing, event reporting, and task management as well as connect with partner agencies and organizations during response efforts. ArcGIS will add a location element to this information management.

“Intermedix looks forward to our partnership with IAFC and an expansion of our partnership with Esri,” Bob Watson, president of preparedness solutions at Intermedix, said. “Our mission is to serve those who save lives, and the National Mutual Aid Net project is perfectly aligned with that mission. The only effective way to respond to emergencies is through collaborations and partnerships between public and private organizations. The National Mutual Aid Net takes that principle and puts it into practice. We are honored to be a part of this undertaking.”