Cal Expo Boosts Security

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The so-called Rapid Responder system will give police, firefighters and ambulances instant access to key information about the facility.

Cal Expo’s General Manager Norbert Bartosik says it’s a proactive approach to crisis management. 

"We have 350 acres of developed property here at the facility and whether it’s the State Fair or weekend conference or a major show trade show that we do that the public comes into we know that we’ll be more prepared and fully equipped to respond to any situation that might arise."

Former Sac Metro Fire Chief Rick Martinez, who now heads the county’s Office of Emergency Services, says it’s a state-of-the-art system.  

"30-plus years ago when I started we had a lot of 3-ring binders with hand-drawn maps. They tend to sit on a shelf in an office or a station somewhere and you can’t fit them all in the cab of your fire engine or your ambulance. You now can fit them all but more importantly they can be updated rapidly."

The Rapid Responder system runs on laptop computers. Emergency workers will have quick access to floor plans, exterior photos and hazardous materials locations.
The State Fair starts on August 11th.