(Washtenaw County, Mich.) Lieutenant Michael Grissom of the Dexter Area Fire Department is Washtenaw County’s 2019 Firefighter of the Year. An experienced firefighter when there is an emergency, it is Lt. Grissom’s work behind the front lines that have earned him the honors.
Lt. Grissom facilitated the use of the mobile app “Active 911,” which puts the pertinent information for a call right into a first responder’s smartphone. In addition to medical information, the app shows the location of hydrants, the location of other emergency vehicles in the area, and what type of vehicles have responded.
Active 911 also enables responders to communicate with one another efficiently. The app replaces the outdated, problematic CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system where first responders would receive a printout and transmit vital information from there.
Michael also found a way to repurpose radios destined for destruction. Deftly moving around the red tape that governs every action of a fire department, Lt. Grissom salvaged specific components of hand-held radios to help improve some failing receivers in the Sheriff’s department.