Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, 90th A.D., announced legislation that will create a task force assigned with developing and applying a statewide first responder building mapping information system (A.8072-A/S.5025-A). The task force, which will be composed of seven members selected by the legislature, will be responsible for determining how to best design and operate the system. They are expected to report their findings and recommendations to the legislature within one year.
This system is intended for use in building emergency situations; it aids in the protection of the public by providing as much information as possible to first responders. In order to devise such a system, the task force will consult municipalities, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, medical facilities and information technology experts. This collaboration will lead to the implementation of a system that will lessen damage and potential loss of life in public buildings in emergency situations such as school shootings, hostage situations, terrorism, natural disasters, fires and accidents.
The bill, which has passed in both the Assembly and the Senate, also takes into account the need for collaboration between municipalities, state and municipal agencies and departments. This task force is the first stage in the effort to bring all levels of government together; a step which is considered vital to executing efficient responses to crisis situations.
The statewide first responder building mapping information system is crucial to ensuring public safety, as Assemblywoman Galef points out. "We have a responsibility to our constituents to do everything in our power to protect them in times of crisis," said Galef. "The implementation of a statewide first responder building mapping information system will be one more component in our effort to shield the community from harm. In light of such events as September 11, numerous school shootings throughout the country and other tragic events, it is clear that decisive action needs to be taken. I believe that this bill is a step in the right direction and will be an essential tool in the future."