Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Jacky C. Prucz

Committee Co-Chair

Rashpal S. Ahluwalia.


The SAFER 2.0 was developed as a web based information system for the First Responders involved in dealing with the hazardous materials incidents. The software tool enables First Responders to view and identify the substances involved in a hazard via a secure Internet connection. The tool also aids in identifying the unknown substances based on the physical description (color, odor, texture, gas/liquid, etc.), symptoms and other information available at the site of the incident. The system is based on the 2004 North American Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2004) and NIOSH Pocket Guide (NPG). ERG2004 was developed for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. The NPG presents key information and data for 677 chemicals.;The software tool was implemented using the latest technology available i.e. ASP.NET 2.0 as the front-end and SQL Server 2005 as the database. The key features of the system are: (1) Easy to use, (2) Easy and rapid access to information during a critical incident, (3) Identification of unknown substances, and (4) Protection of First Responders and general public.