Group Talk: Use Stories

How have you used the apps on this site, or others?

We’re looking for stories about how you’ve used public safety apps. Please share your comments below. Remember to include the name of the app.

  1. hroms says:
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

    On March 27th of this year, I responded to a Pulse Point app CPR alert through my iPhone of a medical emergency near to me. I had my three children in tow but decided to respond after seeing the aerial map of the location and noting its close proximity. Upon arrival I found a gentleman in need of CPR. I performed hands on CPR solely for few minutes before the police, fire and EMS arrived.

    The Pulse Point app allowed me to be notified of the dispatch simultaneous to the first responders. I was able to respond quickly as I was less than a quarter mile away. LAter when reflecting on this experience, I started to think of the vast influence this well designed app could have on those in need of quick medical responses by matching them with citizens who are trained to provide basic life support care. I highly recommend all those who have this app available in their area to upload it. A life could be saved.

    Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue put together a short video outlining my experience. The link is below. I’m very proud of TVF&R for adopting and supporting Pulse Point.

  2. Kevin says:
    Posted July 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM | Permalink

    Castle Rock, CO’s police department invested heavily in field applications and laptops to check identities, run license plates, and send reports to HQ from the field. Unfortunately, officers found that the apps frequently failed, ran slowly, and crashed due to a poor wireless connection. The department’s wireless carrier was unable to clearly identify poor service areas and didn’t improve service.

    Using Mobile Pulse, an automated connectivity testing app, the town generated detailed reports and maps of carrier performance and availability. This showed officers where the fastest and most reliable wireless connections were. When presented with the data generated by Mobile Pulse, the carrier offered to discount the mobile data plan and make network infrastructure improvements in several poor-performing areas. Public safety and other municipal operations are running more efficiently, and residents benefit from improved connectivity.

  3. gfinch320 says:
    Posted June 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM | Permalink

    I have recently started using ping4alerts! and I have found it very useful and helpful. The app sends weather alerts and public safety alerts based on my location. I have been receiving alerts that are relevant to where I am.

    I was skeptical at first with regards to battery drain and inaccuracy, but each update has improved my experience. I really like this app and think its well worth people checking it out!

  4. Steve says:
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM | Permalink

    One time I responded for a call about an unknown white powder at a residence. Using WISER, we determined that it was an innocuous substance and spared the HAZMAT team a fullblown response.

  5. Mark says:
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    I like using Active911 when I’m on duty at the rescue squad. It’s a quick way to keep track of our calls, see which other units are responding, and map routes to incidents. When we’re heading to a wreck or fire, mapping the destination on my smartphone makes it much easier to know our ETA, particularly when I’m in the back of the squad and can’t tell where we are.

    The major drawbacks are that I had to pay Active911 for an annual subscription and registration required jumping through a few hoops with the county. This app would be better if 1) it was free; 2) it was easier to sign up; 3) the calls updated immediately with dispatch; and 4) I could set it to turn on automatically during my shift.

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