Tired 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 Fire Accountability app is a single screen, fully customizable, user friendly program designed for practical use on the fireground. 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.
Fire 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 Accountability.
Whether you are a member of the smallest rural department or the largest metro department, Fire Accountability will prove to be a game changer for Fire Command. At half the cost of the other Command/Accountability apps on the market, it is worth checking out. For more information, visit www.fireaccountability.com