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First Responder Technology Digitally Connects Communities, Authorities - RealView LLC - Facility Management Product Release
Lincolnwood, Ill., adopted the CommandScope all-digital first responder technology. The all-digital pre-plan program will cover all major buildings in the community and tie in neatly with the neighboring townships creating a network of pre-plan information for primary and mutual aid fire departments.
“It is imperative for first responders to get critical information immediately and coherently,” says Lincolnwood Deputy Fire Chief Ray White. “CommandScope provides user-friendly technology that assists responders and protects all stakeholders. First responders can act with knowledge saving both lives and property.”
The Lincolnwood Fire Department got an up close look at the technology earlier this year when Lincolnwood Place, a Senior Lifestyle Corp. facility in the community, announced the adoption of CommandScope to assist in emergencies. CommandScope, developed by Chicago-based RealView, LLC, provides first responders with critical knowledge of buildings and its occupants. The adoption is a smart, cost-effective investment in the continued focus on the safety of their residents.
CommandScope pre-plan provides first responders with instant en route access to site plans, floor plans, hazardous material details, utility shut-off locations, geographical maps, fire hydrants locations, residents with special needs, and other critical building data.
“Our previous method of pre-planning was in large bulky books which made it difficult to quickly access current pre-plans and difficult to update and use,” says nearby Niles Fire Department District Chief Robert Greiner. “With CommandScope, our team has immediate access to updated information, making our department more efficient and safer, both for the firefighters and the citizenry we protect.”
In Park Ridge, Ill., CommandScope augmented an existing Geographic Information System (GIS) shared across 23 municipalities.
“CommandScope pre-plan is a critical component of our response protocol,” says Park Ridge Fire Chief Michael Zywanski. “Along with the GIS network software, CommandScope provides tremendous information not only for our firefighters, but also for mutual aid responders that come in from neighboring municipalities.”
The flexible software platform also allows the fire department to link the technology with the existing GIS database mapping gas transmission mains, hydrant locations, topography, water flow and sewer tracings.
“It is imperative for the program to be user-friendly; for first responders to get critical information immediately and clearly,” says Stephen Nardi, CEO of RealView. “CommandScope does that.”
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