Southwest VFD celebrates 60 years, highlights need for volunteers

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Southwest VFD Chief Ray Silance explained that at the offset of the department, there was a blaring alarm system that notified the entire community of a fire.

“Once everybody heard the horn they would respond to the station,” Silance said.

That system eventually gave way to the 911 calls that Southwest VFD currently uses, according to Silance. And the evolution hasn’t stopped. The latest improvement the team uses is a phone application called Active 911 that alerts the chief and others to who is available to answer any given fire.

″(If) no one is there to volunteer to answer then no one is coming. That’s why it’s important to volunteer.”

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Aladtec, First Arriving Announce Integration

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RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Fire and EMS agencies using Aladtec Scheduling and Workforce Management software and First Arriving Digital Dashboards can now save time and provide first responders with vivid, big-screen displays for the station that integrate information from both platforms.

When Chaska Fire — which protects some 30,000 residents of their Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb — gets a call for service, Active 911 takes over the display and shows the call information, address, map with driving directions, map with hydrant locations and a Google Street view of the address.

Chaska has one display installed in the locker bay and another in the dispatch office. Others are being added soon in the main office and training room, said Kirsch.

“It gives our members the information they need at a glance.  It can be updated from any computer, and the automatic population of data from Aladtec and Active 911 reduces staff time for updating a dry erase board or printed schedules,” he said.

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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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