EMS calls to go out via text alerts

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Cooke County Emergency Medical Services personnel will soon be receiving message alerts on their cell phones.

Members of the Cooke County Commissioners’ Court agreed this week to allow CCEMS to enter an agreement with Active911 to send call and mapping information to county employees.

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Marchand named Ashland EMT of the year

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ASHLAND – It’s a job that would leave most people stressed and flustered.

Whether it’s for a car crash, a heart attack or a fall, Drew Marchand is called in at some of the worst moments of people’s lives.

But Marchand always has a smile on his face. His courtesy toward patients, their families and bystanders never waivers, even as he strives to follow protocol and put his skills and knowledge to work under pressure. He is a tireless advocate for his patients, and he constantly pushes for more training to improve himself and his fellow staff. He has exhibited leadership skills and has taken a lead role with Active 911, a digital messaging system that provides information for first responders.

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Squatters in abandoned homes causing structure fires

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The Beckley Fire Department uses a system called Active 911. The smart phone app sends information about the calls to fire fighter’s phones and provides a map highlighting special hazards, such as abandoned homes.

“So if the call comes in for a known abandoned house, anybody that looks at that call can see that information, know exactly what we’re going into at that time, so that we can be better prepared to respond to that particular situation,” said Lanna.

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West Brow Fire Department Volunteers Use Active911

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According to Coddington, there are about 24 volunteers at West Brow, and this volunteer network is made up of a conglomerate of EMRs, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), firefighters, nurses, paramedics, and police.

Dispatchers communicate with volunteers through an app called Active911. On this app, volunteers receive calls and alert each other as to who is responding. Officers can also send alerts to make sure volunteers are aware of potential dangers such as tornadoes.

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Mountain Home Fire Department using app to save valuable time

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – It’s called the Active 911 app, and the Mountain Home Fire Department uses it on their phones or iPads for a number of different reasons.​

Mountain Home Fire Captain Kris Quick said, “You can have your hydrants. You can have pre-plans of buildings. You can have Knox Box locations, which is a key that we can access a business if they have a fire alarm or something.”

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UT Dallas student-led emergency response team reducing 911 response times for on-campus injuries

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Any time a 911 call is made from campus to the city’s dispatch system, the fire department is notified as well as the UEMR team through an app called Active 911. However, student EMTs will likely be the first group to respond to the scene of an accident on campus and can attempt to remedy a situation through basic life-support measures before fire department intervention is needed.

“What [the UEMR team]is totally doing is putting medical personnel at the patient’s side much faster, which is a huge benefit for the patient,” Poovey said.

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