Who's En Route? Vital Tool For First Responders
Organized by: Austin Hodak
We are Who's En Route?. The biggest problem for first responders is not knowing who is responding to an emergency. With our system, users either click one button on their smartphone or text to a specified number and their name, rank, location, and where they are going shows up on a monitor at their agency and on everyone else's phone. This is vital to reducing response times and getting to the burning house, car accident, or fall victim faster and safer. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by, make sure to read everything below to get the big picture of this campaign! First, let me introduce myself: My name is Austin Hodak. I am a volunteer firefighter with the Garland Volunteer Fire Department located in the small town of Garland, Pennsylvania. I am a self-taught software developer and my main focus in life is public safety. My campaign is for my public safety software system that I have been pouring my life into for the past year and a half. It will help public safety agencies reduce response times and make your community safer. You can help me bring this software to market and make a difference at your local fire department. So now that you have the basic idea of what this campaign is about, keep reading! So right now, it is just me, myself, and I. One of my first big goals is to bring more people onto my team. Right now I am only asking for a small amount to get the business side of things started and for me to start finding more team members. The perks available can make a big impact at your local fire department if they don't have much money. You will be helping your fire department and your community, at the same time! If we don't reach the small goal amount, the money raised will go to locating investors and getting the word out to local agencies. Now that the basics are down, here are some more details on how the system actually works. Our system consists of four main parts, the server, web interface, Android, & iOS Apps. The server receives the dispatch message from the 911 center, notifies the appropriate departments and members, and handles the text to respond system. The web interface is what everyone sees at their department and shows them who is where. The mobile apps are the front-end for the users, enabling them to respond, see other members, and dispatches easily. Our system is targeted more towards agencies who are running on a tight budget and can't afford an expensive system. Even if an agency doesn't have the funds for a system like this, they shouldn't have to go without a system like this. If an agency can't provide funds and proves they have tried, a basic (Yet still many features) version will be offered free of charge to them. Right now the challenge is the competition, a similar system know as "IamResponding" is the main system for many agencies and getting them to switch will be challenging. Our biggest advantage is responsiveness, their (IamResponding) system is slow and unresponsive at times while ours is backed by Google's Firebase service for lightning fast response times. We will be offering a discounted rate for departments that move from a competitor to encourage them to switch. We are currently internal testing with my fire department and everyone is loving it. I've talked to multiple members from other departments saying, "This is the next big thing." & "SO Much better than IamResponding from just looking at it.". Planned Features and Additions Recording and Live Playback of Dispatches Real-time Mapping of Responders and Markers (Already Implemented) Apparatus tracking system to know when a truck leaves and returns to station. Built-in NFIRS reporting. Much, much more!