SIGZEEN Color-Coded Identification and Interoperable Communications System


Identify Responders as Who's Who:  It is obvious that responding to CBRNE and terror incidents are much more complex and extremely challengeable than any other catastrophic disasters. These incidents potentially involve a combination of hazardous events from the release of chemical, biological, radiological nuclear agents to the destruction of properties and infrastructure. During such events mass casualties are unavoidable, who need medical assistance for survival, crowd control may get extremely complicated, particularly controlling vulnerable people who are contaminated with agents who move from incident areas to neutral locations. These are few of the complex issues that need special attention. Nonetheless it is obvious that such chaotic environments require prompt coordination and action plan to help causalities and the public who need help.    

Multiple Respond Groups Support:  It is important to recognize that complex environments potentially involve, not only first responders and ES personnel, also combines multiple emergency and non-emergency groups, such as safety and operational organizations, private and non-governmental organizations, public health groups, volunteers, public workers, cleaning crew for cleaning destructions, construction workers who help to save buildings, engineers who need to evaluate safety of infrastructure and more. 

Common Clothing Implications:  The world governments and international agencies such as NATO and other agency reports states that common clothing could disrupt and weaken emergency responders’ operation capabilities. Also raises the concerns of potential personal safety issues for responders that could cause major safety implications. To minimize such dramatic implications, these findings recommend that it is important to establish exclusive identification methods that certainly are not used by non-emergency personnel, general workers and the public. Further, recognizes that common clothing also creates a lack of confidence among first responders during emergency operations. Specially, potential terrorists or criminals who want to harm responders and their operations by camouflaging into incident areas wearing common clothing.

Color Psychology and Effectiveness  CBRNE and terrorist incidents are much more devastating and create extreme complex environments for immediate areas, and the vicinity. When these incidents occur public will be confused and disorientated, particularly casualties and public who are seeking help from law enforcement and other responders. During such situations color psychology plays a critical role, especially with first responders clothing, colors they wear, and how they wear. For example: medical personnel should wear softer colors similar to blue. The color black is preferably suitable for law enforcement, since black shows power to control the situation.



Law Enforcement: Black/Silver Checkered: Black color represents power, strong authority, control the situation and seriousness.
Fire and Rescue: Red/Silver Checkered: Red color often associates, warm, vibrant, and intensity, also used to grab attention, particularly fire trucks and fire and rescue equipment.  The color red has a long history associated with fire and rescue.
Medical and Paramedics: Blue/Silver Checkered: Blue color associates with inspiration, sadness calming and care. Mostly this color is used by the medical industry for hospitals and medical care, which provide a calm feeling and effective interaction with people who need help.
Military: Green/Silver and Green/Yellow: Green color mostly associates with nature, also with military uniforms for decades. Military personnel are provided with two color combinations, one system with silver background and green checkered in the center for military leaders, and the other system a yellow background and green checkered in the center for all other military (National Guards) personnel.


Border Service Agents: Black checkered with silver reflectors on center same as law enforcement.
Nuclear Personnel: Silver reflector-blue center strip and nuclear sign for nuclear personnel.
Biological/Radiological Personnel: Silver reflector-Green center strip and biological sign.
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