Tag - Fire

Situational Awareness for All Public Safety Responders

Police, Fire, EMS, and Corrections personnel (my apologies if I missed anyone) are all taught and practice situational awareness.  This practice is what allows so many First Responders to go home safe after shift.  In the usual application of situational awareness (Is the scene safe?  Am I?), most threats to that safety can be seen or heard. That changes when the threat (amongst all the others that remain) is literally microscopic.  And, the signs and symptoms of illness, a) look...

FirstWatch Presents: Fire Operations Analytics/Accreditation Module (FOAM)

This new and innovative module provides dashboard views for Fire Management and Operations teams with views by Department Total, Fire Suppression, EMS, Hazmat, Technical Rescue and Medical Facility EMS in addition to the Annual Compliance Reports. Our Webinar presentation will include: An overview of the Automated Annual Compliance Report (CFAI Format V9) Bundle of Operations Report overview GIS Mapping Output of Compliance Reports Module Landing Page and Drill Downs This Webinar overview will provide a quick glimpse into a solution to meet your specific...

Protecting from Heat Illness/Injury

Very hot temperatures seem to be a frequent topic in the news and as people discuss the weather.    Everyone who feels these temperatures can readily identify them and, when they are in the extremes, needs to take precautions when out in the weather.  Stay hydrated, wear light colored, natural or wicking fabrics, use hats, sunscreen and umbrellas; seek out shade.  Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day; consider water or inside activities until the temperature has...

Fighting Fire with Data

FirstWatch customer Fire Chief Otto Drozd of Orange County Fire Rescue, FL and his team harness the power of data to make important measures available in real time, without significantly adding to their workload, to reach the highest level of performance possible. Read the Article.

FirstWatch Helps North Shore Fire/Rescue, WI with Real-time Fire Intelligence Dashboards, Visualizations and Reports

Download the PDF Encinitas, Calif. – December 16, 2015 – In the wake of the fire department dashboard system VineLight shutting off their subscriber site to customers with few hours’ notice, North Shore Fire/Rescue, WI needed a system to help keep their finger on the pulse of their data – and FirstWatch was there to help. North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said, “We use our data for situational awareness, performance measures, NFPA measures, monitoring compliance and so much more. I...

FirstWatch Steps Up to Help Fire Departments with Real-time Fire Intelligence

In the last week we have received many urgent requests for FirstWatch information & potential assistance from Fire Departments across the US. These departments have reached out because they were subscribers to a SaaS fire department dashboard system called VineLight, which shut down their subscriber site with a few hours’ notice. While VineLight was not a real-time system like FirstWatch, these departments counted on the information it provided, and the sudden loss of that information could have negative impacts for the...

SNOPAC 911 Communications Center on Watch

To ensure that police, fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County have their fingers on the pulse of the community, the SNOPAC 9-1-1 has deployed FirstWatch to monitor in real-time the roughly 1,500 calls they dispatch each day (more than 600,000 calls in 2013).

How Technology Keeps New Orleans Alert In Real Time

Download PDF (JEMS, May MCI Issue, 2013) To monitor health-related threats, New Orleans turned to the FirstWatch Realtime Situational Awareness System, which is used by systems throughout the world. The sophisticated system tracks information entered into computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems in real-time, and immediately sends an alert via email or text message to designated public health and safety officials if it detects certain symptoms or trends of concern.  

Helpful Tip: Improve Response and Operations by Monitoring Your System in Near Real-Time

Emergency response in Pima County, Ariz., has improved significantly since the Northwest Fire Rescue District deployed FirstWatch, which allows for close monitoring of each step in 911 call processing and fire/emergency medical services response. Find out how  For more information about Northwest Fire Rescue District’s success using FirstWatch read the release.

Las Vegas Dispatchers Help Improve SCA Survival Rates

Download PDF (Best Practices in Emergency Services, June 2012)David Slattery, M.D., the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue deputy chief and EMS medical director, has a mission to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival in his city with the assistance of FirstWatch.

Operation Overload

Operation Overload (EMS World, May 2007) EMS Providers in Henderson, NV, face the challenges of explosive growth.