|Developer||San Ramon Valley Fire Department|
The FireDepartment.org iPhone application is the first of its kind! By providing a virtual window into San Ramon Valley’s 9-1-1 dispatch center, iPhone users now have real-time access to emergency activity occurring in the community.
The app empowers those within the San Ramon Valley borders to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the application, using sophisticated GPS technology, will alert citizens in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Don’t live in the San Ramon Valley? You’ll still find listening to the live action of our dispatchers, firefighters and paramedics informative and interesting.
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District provides all-risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, Diablo, the Town of Danville, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 167,500.
App users are able to view active incidents–including the current response status of dispatched units (enroute, onscene, etc.) and instantly pinpoint incident locations on an interactive map. Curious as to where that fire engine or ambulance that just passed is headed? Is there an accident up ahead causing this traffic tie-up? Just tap the application to quickly find the incident location or plan an alternate route. A log of recent incidents and a photo gallery of significant events can also be easily accessed.
San Ramon Valley Fire app users can also choose to be notified of incidents by type when they are dispatched and listen in on live emergency radio traffic via the modern version of the traditional fire scanner. The San Ramon Valley Fire District also uses the app to communicate with its more than 700 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members and to share information during disasters with its citizens.
The District maintains ten fire stations and staffs fifteen companies, including structure and wildland engines, ladder trucks, ALS ambulances and specialized Hazardous Materials, Rescue, Communications and other support units. Within the boundaries of the District are expansive wildland and recreation areas, large single-family homes and multi-family residential complexes, hotels, a regional hospital and a 585-acre business park. The District is also bisected by a major interstate highway (I-680).
*Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
The app is absolutely free–so give it a try. Visit www.firedepartment.mobi for additional support and contact information.