Rescue Team Uses HP DesignJet MFP to Print Maps for Missing Person Searches
Here’s a great example of how a volunteer organization is using a wide-format HP Designjet MFP (multi-function printer) to improve communications among its members and collaborating organizations.
New Jersey Search and Rescue (NJSAR) is a team of highly trained volunteers that provides New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania with incident management, mountain rescue, ground search, medical, and K-9 search-and-rescue services. NJSAR is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and conducts an average of 25 missing-person searches each year.
To aid in search-and-rescue missions, NJSAR recently installed an HP DesignJet T2500 Multifunction Printer (MFP) to produce large-format maps. The HP DesignJet T2500 MFP scans, prints and copies 36-inch maps to help the team collaborate and streamline communications. When time is of the essence, the machine’s mobile-printing capabilities allow search teams to print straight from their Apple® or Android™ smartphones or tablets.
“Before installing the HP DesignJet T2500 MFP, our team was limited to printing tiled maps on 8.5 x 11-inch paper and taping the pieces together. Or, we just used small maps, which made it difficult for incident management staff to collaborate on scene,” explained David Clarke, president, New Jersey Search and Rescue. “With the HP DesignJet T2500 MFP, we are equipped to produce large-scale maps quickly and reliably to help us optimize our search efforts and help return missing persons to their families.”
Search missions involve many organizations including search-and-rescue teams, local law enforcement, EMS, fire and local government entities. The large-format maps printed on the HP DesignJet T2500 MFP are critical in delineating search areas, keeping track of searchers’ locations, recording clues, highlighting areas of interest and defining regions that have already been searched.
At the end of a search-and-rescue mission, the maps used have been annotated and highlighted by numerous members of the command staff, creating an irreplaceable record of what happened that day. NJSAR team members can simply feed these maps into the 36-inch scanner on the HP DesignJet T2500 MFP to instantly create digitized records of the mission. The digitized records can then be shared with law enforcement and other partners.
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