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The Mobile Emergency Response Guide (MERGE) is helping first responders quickly identify hazardous materials and find information about how to safely handle these materials to protect the public during an emergency response. MERGE gives first responders handheld access to an electronic version of the Department of Transportation's Hazmat Emergency Response Guide suitable for use with smartphones or other handheld devices.
"THE MERGE SYSTEM IS VERY QUICK, AND IT DOESN'T REQUIRE YOU TO HAVE THE GUIDEBOOK NEARBY."
DIRECTOR, CARROLL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Using MERGE is easy. A user takes an image of a hazardous materials sign using an Android smartphone, the system interprets the sign, and the user receives proper response protocols about the hazardous material from the electronically stored Emergency Response Guidebook. MERGE was developed at the direct request of first responders from the Indiana Public Safety community.