Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
The legislature recognizes the extreme dangers present when the safety of our citizens required first responders such as police and fire fighters to evacuate and secure a building. In an effort to prepare for responding to unintended disasters, criminal acts, and acts of terrorism, the legislature intends to create a statewide first responder building mapping information system that will provide all first responders with the information they need to be successful when disaster strikes.
Chapters 36.28A RCW defines, at a minimum, the information to be contained in the statewide first responder building mapping information system (hereinafter "CIPMS," "Mapping System," or "System") to include, but is not limited to "floor plans, fire protection information, evacuation plans, utility information, known hazards, and text and digital images showing emergency personnel contact information." The legislation delegated to WASPC the responsibility to create and operate CIPMS.
In the fall of 2003, a critical incident occurred at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. A troubled high school student brought a gun to school and threatened students and teachers. Because the school had been mapped, and incident response had been planned, students were evacuated in 12 minutes, and the entire incident was resolved in less than an hour, with the only injury being to the shooter himself. A short video has been produced to show how the CIPMS was used to save lives in this high school.
Agencies or organizations wishing to participate in the mapping system may wish to review the following documents:
Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs
3060 Willamette Dr. NE #200 Lacey WA, 98516
Phone: 360-486-2380 | Fax: 360-486-2381