Farm Mapping to Assist, Protect and Prepare Emergency Responders: Farm MAPPER

This project explores using Quick Response tags (QR codes) to provide emergency responders on-site information about hazards and physical layouts of agricultural operations.

The project will develop a model system for farmers to input data such as locations of chemicals, solvents, fuels and other hazards. It will also allow them to indicate locations of power and gas cut-off valves, water sources, as well as where farming operations occur. These data will be linked to QR tags attached to easily accessible sites, where emergency responders may scan them. The QR code, when scanned by the responder will lead to a secured website where the farm information is stored. This will assist in fighting a fires and rescuing victims, while permitting emergency responders to avoid injury from explosions, chemicals, electrical or other farm hazards.

The Marshfield Clinic Biomedical Informatics Research Center group will develop a secure online system for farm data storage, and the QR linking method. The Usability Laboratory at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation will test and improve the functionality of the data collection interface. The National Farm Medicine Center will work with the Pittsville Fire Department to test the usability of this system by first responders. This project is one of a suite of projects designed to apply QR tags to great advantage in rural and agricultural health and safety settings.


Funding for this pilot project is provided by the Midwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health (MCOHS) Pilot Projects Research Training Program (PPRTP).