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The State of Georgia has joined the quickly growing ranks of states across the country in recognizing that the lack of a standardized common operating picture being available to first responders continues to slow response times and needlessly complicates the coordination of emergency resources.
Known as “America’s Common Operating Picture®”, CRGs are sophisticated, yet simple to use visual communication and collaboration tools that are useable under stress to coordinate emergency response efforts both inside and outside a building. CRGs enhance response time and improve command and control efforts during any emergency.
“The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police is committed to introducing straight forward, common sense solutions to public safety. We believe Collaborative Response Graphics will increase the readiness level for public safety professionals during emergency responses. They have been recognized as a protective measure best practice, so we’re proud to be partnered with Critical Response Group® in the State of Georgia,” said Chief A. A. Butch Ayers (Ret), Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
CRGs were born from lessons learned by the United States Military Special Operations community overseas. Like domestic first responders, our military faced the challenge of communicating about unfamiliar locations while under stress. To solve this problem, they developed a visual communication tool that combined a gridded overlay with high-resolution overhead imagery so that operators could easily and effectively communicate about unfamiliar locations.
Critical Response Group® enhanced that communication technique by creating CRGs to solve the same problems encountered here at home. CRGs are designed to be standardized common operating pictures that combine geo-rectified accurate floor plans, up to date site-specific labeling, high-resolution imagery and a gridded overlay. They allow everyone at an incident to easily communicate locations and coordinate their response during life-saving efforts.
“We feel extremely fortunate to partner with the GACP and look forward to working with them to enhance safety preparedness efforts across Georgia. Critical Response Group® is committed to integrating CRGs to improve response protocols and enhance command and control efforts during an emergency. Our company’s origins are grounded in thousands of real-life direct-action raids conducted by USSOF over the past two decades and dozens of county-wide deployments domestically,” said Phil Coyne, President of Critical Response Group®.
Members of the Critical Response Group® leadership team have strong personal ties to the State of Georgia. The company has also been working with ACG Solutions, a Cornelia, Georgia based company, for the past two years and together have been able to introduce our products to several counties in the state. With the addition of this strategic partnership with the GACP we are excited about the future.
For more information on the Critical Response Group, Inc. and Collaborative Response Graphics (CRGs) visit their website at https://crgplans.com
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