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

This project explores using digital maps of farming operations to provide emergency responders on-site information about hazards and resources. The goal is to expedite responses to farm emergencies and protect responders who may be unfamiliar with an individual farms layout.

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 a secure, mobile-friendly website, where emergency responders may study and view the maps in route and on scene. 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. We encourage fire departments to work with their local farm community in order to create this mapping resource.

The Marshfield Clinic Research Institute’s Office of Research Computing and Analytics and Marshfield Clinic Health System Information Services will maintain a secure online system for farm data storage, and provide guidance on further development. The National Farm Medicine Center will continue work with the Pittsville Fire Department and other regional emergency responders to test the usability of this system. This project is one of a suite of projects designed to enhance the role of technology and first responders to create safer, healthier agricultural communities.

For more information about the current project, please contact Casper “Cap” Bendixsen at bendixsen.casper@marshfieldresearch.org

Acknowledgements:

Funding for this pilot project has been provided by the Midwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health (MCOHS) Pilot Projects Research Training Program (PPRTP); the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), and the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA).

Current funding is being provided through the Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RFDASH) project with UMASH. UMASH is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), cooperative agreement U54OH010170.

Support also includes funds provided by the generous donors to the National Farm Medicine Center.