The Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Taskforce (SEPA RTF), a division of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), is responsible for purchasing and delivering vital equipment to first responders. They receive grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and need to provide reports on the equipment inventory as well as results from annual inventory audit.
The Taskforce faced the challenge of conducting an annual audit, ensuring that all purchased equipment was in good working condition. Moreover, PEMA required that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Taskforce create a standardized means of classifying equipment. Specifically, this standardization was to be based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) classification for authorized equipment usage.
“We were able to provide the Department of Homeland Security with the property pass, complete with an authorized signature,” explained Bill York. “At that point the Department of Homeland Security could go right to the end user and observe how a particular piece of equipment was being utilized.”
Equipment Manager for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Taskforce
SEPA RTF has a clear visibility to what equipment they have, where they are, and who has them. There is an increased accountability of equipment because of the audit trail and property pass functions provided by the system. Using the eQuip! for Emergency Management system allows them to provide reports and complete inventory audit in time to meet the requirements for FEMA grants.