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Firefighter Response System Granted U.S. Patent
Advanced First Responder Solutions (AFRS) of Salem, Oregon announced today the granting of a patent from the United States Copyright and Patent Office for their Firefighter Response System. "The technology enables emergency service agencies to know who, how many and to what location first responders are responding to, seconds after being dispatched," explained Craig Schurter, founder of AFRS.
"We are very pleased that our innovative and powerful technology has been acknowledged by the Patent Office with the award of this patent," said Schurter.
Emergency service personnel across the United States are faced with various complexities daily. The Firefighter Response System addresses the issues faced by volunteers, paid on-call and career personnel by providing mission-critical data, allowing them to quickly respond to emergencies. This data is available at the dispatch center, at the station or in the field 24/7, 365 days a year.
"This innovative technology allows personnel to create their own personal schedules that automatically display when they are available and when they are not," Schurter said. "These schedules can be overridden by personnel simply calling into the system from a phone and changing their status."
Once an agency's dispatch center has toned out an emergency, first responders at the station, in the field, and if applicable, dispatchers are able to track personnel to keep track of who is responding and to what location. "Personnel can call from any type of phone to register their response. Calls are answered and discounted automatically, enabling personnel to focus on traveling safely to the station or scene," said Schurter.
A few examples of groups that can be tracked include each station within an agency, Hazmat, SAR, CERT, Technical rescue, Water rescue, and Helicopter teams. If personnel are able to respond to a request from dispatch, they call into the Firefighter Response System from any type of phone to register their response. Calls are answered and discounted automatically, enabling personnel to focus on traveling safely to the station or scene.
AFRS, a Software as a Service (SaaS) company, designs, develops, markets, and supports the Firefighter Response System. AFRS is focused on developing a comprehensive suite of service to help emergency service agencies streamline communications with their personnel.
For more information on the Firefighter Response System, visit www.advancedfrs.com.
Author:Barbara Brooks - Fire Department Network News
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