RTV6 gets an early look at the Richmond Hill Response Report before Wednesday release

INDIANAPOLIS - RTV6 has gained early access to the Richmond Hill Response Report, a 69-page review of how local responders performed after last year's deadly south side explosion.

The review examined efforts by the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety and other responding agencies following the November 2012 explosion which left two people dead and damaged 125 homes, at an estimated cost of $4.4 million.

The study broke down emergency responders' initial actions, and how they operated in the days that followed.

In the first 12 hours, DPS gave itself high marks, noting that the agency mobilized high numbers of responders to the scene and performed well in initial searches, handling traffic and locating adequate water supplies.

Areas in which it can improve, according to the report, include establishing communications with outside agencies, improving its patient tracking system and identifying homes that have been searched for victims.

In the report, public safety officials said they believe many of these improvements can be accomplished through training and better communications equipment.

The report is set to be officially released Wednesday by Public Safety Director Troy Riggs at a 2:30 p.m. press conference.

We plan to live stream the news conference live on our RTV6 apps and on TheIndyChannel.com. It will also be carried live on HTSN, our digital subchannel.

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