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Due to recent events and the creation of the Department of Homeland Defense many HAZMAT teams now face new challenges and responsibilities. For this reason the HM-1 includes a radiation detector, this sensor gives first responders an early warning for the presence of radiation. We hope that nobody ever needs the sensor but hopefully the fact that it is present will give those on the front line a little peace of mind.
Rapid Deployment: The HM-1 is packed in a single heavy duty transport case. The case contains the tripod, sensor assembly, display and battery chargers. The sensor assembly fits into the case as a single unit and does not require any assembly. The display is housed in its own self contained case that fits into the main transport case. The tripod has twist-locking connections and does not require any tools. It takes less than 2 minutes to get the system setup and operational.
Electronic Compass: The sensor assembly contains an internal electronic compass that ensures that the reported wind direction is accurate regardless of the assembly's orientation.
Spread Spectrum Radios:
Sensors: The HM-1 has all the standard wind speed, wind direct and temperature sensors required by CAMEO/ALOHA. In addition, the display reports barometric pressure, relative humidity, dew point, heat index and nuclear radiation.
LED Display: The display uses seven segment LED display for reporting parameters. These displays have the advantage over LCD displays in that they are bright and easily readable at a distance even in low light conditions. They also do not suffer from the limited viewing angle that is common with LCD displays.
Multiple Units / Multiple Displays: Sensors may be coded so that one site can use multiple systems without the chance of interference. Alternatively one HSA-1 sensor assembly can be used with multiple RDI-1 displays.
Rugged Construction: The sensor assembly is constructed of durable polyvinyl chloride, fiberglass and aluminum. These materials are non-corrosive and non-sparking. The wind sensor is made from durable Lexan/ABS and is strong enough to be permanently attached to the sensor assembly. This makes setup and take down quick and easy. The display is built into a durable plastic carry case that simply closes when not in use and requires no other packaging.
When the Government Says "Everything is OK," You Be the Judge When It's Time to "Circle the Wagons" or "Head for the Hills."
Affordable: HAZMAT weather stations have traditionally been an expensive investment for first responders. With decreasing budgets and increasing responsibilities we see the need for an affordable unit. This resulted in the creation of the HM-1 with all the features but without the cost.
1Airline Passengers from Japan Trigger Radiation Detectors
New York Post, Fri Mar 18, 2011
Well this is alarming…
Passengers and cargo from flights that originated in Japan triggered radiation detectors when they passed through customs in Dallas and Chicago on Wednesday. According to the New York Post, tests on a plane that landed at Dallas-Fort Worth showed traces of radiation on passengers’ luggage and inside the cabin’s filtration system. And NBC Chicago.com reported that five or six planes flying into O’Hare from Tokyo had tested positive for radiation in the cargo areas.
Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol agents were screening passengers, luggage and mail arriving on flights from Japan at airports across the U.S., but the screening was routine. Apparently the federal government already monitors ALL incoming traffic for radiation. But agents were told to keep an extra close eye on passengers and cargo from Japan.
U.S. security officials were also quick to point out that hazardous levels of radiation had not been detected. They say the detection of small amounts of radiation is not unusual and could be caused by a number of things, including medical equipment, ceramic tile, and even kitty litter. Right, that must be it. I’m sure the radiation detectors were tripped because some guy was cleaning his cat’s crap box right before his flight, and not because his country is on the brink of a nuclear meltdown…