Technology never stands still, and those that embrace it move forward. Those that fail to keep up, are left behind. Now, some area first responders are taking a step forward with some groundbreaking technology that they say will allow them to more quickly respond to emergencies.
The Defiance Fire Department — and three others in Defiance County — have added the “I Am Responding” system, which is a computer-based application first used in the Defiance fire department on a trial basis in November and December. The Hicksville, Sherwood and Delaware Township fire departments also have added the technology, according to the Crescent News.
The system works over the internet, and is run through the county’s E-911 system in Defiance.
It can indicate what personell is on the way to an emergency, and the information is available on personal computers, tablets, or even on the phones of emergency personnel.
It’s rather economical too… the city’s initial expense to hook up the system was $50, and the annual contract cost is only $800.