of your tactical worksheets getting rained on; Velcro falling off of your
Command Board tags; losing pieces to your magnet board? Have you been searching for a real world
solution to track personnel on your fire scenes? With all of the new technology out there,
there must be a better solution. Fire
Chief Bob Ruff (DBA Fire Seminars) has created an app that offers a practical
solution to blending technology with tactics.
Fire Accountability is now
available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
The The app consists of a simple set up screen,
where users can input their companies, select a benchmark alarm time, and add
default email addresses for time-stamped logs to be delivered. Set up takes about two minutes, then the app
is ready for use on emergency scenes.
Upon arrival on an incident scene, the user simply selects the incident
type. Types include: 6 different residential structures, strip
mall, big box, wildfire and dive rescue.
After selection, you will find a visual representation of the incident
along with your pre-loaded companies, displayed as “drag and drop” icons on
screen. As you direct crews to
divisions, simply drag and drop their icon into that division on screen. Every move that you make during the incident
is time-stamp logged behind the scenes.
On the bottom of the screen, you’ll find several tactical
reminder/indicator buttons. As you
complete tasks like contact utilities or assign a safety officer, just tap the
buttons and a check mark will display indicating task completion. Sending a crew to the second floor for a
primary search? Tap the primary search
button. You’ll then be asked to select a
floor, and a red slash will appear on that floor. When companies report an all clear on a
floor, the IC taps the all clear button, selects the floor and a red “X” will
appear on that floor. All of these
features are designed to allow IC’s to know where every firefighter is located
on every fire scene all the time, every time.
At a glance, locate all of your crews, and track tactical progress.
Accountability is also loaded with several alarms to keep you on
track. On every incident scene, you will
find a running on scene timer on the top of the screen. The app will sound benchmark alarms at the
time intervals that you selected in set up.
When crews are dropped inside of a building, the “under roof” timer is
automatically activated. Once companies
have been under roof for 20 minutes, their icons will flash blue and
white. Teams “camping out” in
rehab? After sitting in rehab for 30
minutes, icons will change to green.
Forget to contact utilities? Five
minutes after arriving on scene, the app will alarm to remind you to contact
utilities. For you rescue divers, the
satellite image based dive rescue screen comes equipped with under water
timers, and green/yellow/red color change indicators for tracking air
supply. These are just a few of the
great timer features included in Fire
Whether you are a member of the
smallest rural department or the largest metro department, At half the cost of the other
Command/Accountability apps on the market, it is worth checking out. For more information, visit