iOS Release 1.6.15

Active911 iOS Release

iOS users may have noticed issues with alert volume levels associated with the Critical Alerts notification update released by Apple in iOS 12. We have solved those problems in this release and added additional features, such as new background GPS options, flight mode, and address routing updates that will make the app even easier to use during an incident.

  • Your agencies now stay in order on the settings page according to how they are ordered on the alerts page
  • Flight mode directions allow aircraft to get directions in nautical miles and degrees for more useful navigation
  • Added button to easily view and copy device code when needed
  • Map location will update when an address update is received
  • Extended Background GPS option: Track me for 15 minutes allows agencies to see responder movement during the response phase without draining user battery all the time
  • Users with Override Silent setting will stay in sync
  • Added location services warning to map view when users are in an area with poor connectivity
  • You can now enter multiple lines of text when editing alerts

Active911 Cloud Release 1.2.6

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We have been working hard to improve the dashboard experience for all our admins!

You guys are the unsung heroes of Active911, and we appreciate you letting us know when things don’t work, could be more efficient, or when you have an idea about how something could work better. We built this tool for YOU.

These are the improvements on the platform made in versions released November 2019 to March 2020:

  • Save your zoom level on Webview
  • Users can now download their map data to save a backup when they are about to update it.
  • Export more alerts faster using the Export Alerts CSV
  • Subscription and FamilySMS renewals default to the previous year’s amount
  • Improved dashboard experience for those who are a member of many departments
  • Fixed issues with international payments/sales tax
  • Expiration emails are more reliable to give you more notice
  • Canada agencies can now use Wiz to solve mapping issues
  • Renewal reminder email no longer go out to non-admin users–but you can turn it back on if desired
  • You no longer have to specify device type or page type when adding a device that’s already in the system

Windows PC App 1.11.4


We have been hard at work on improvements to the Windows PC app, including:

  • Flight mode allows aircraft users to get directions in nautical miles and degrees instead of turn-by-turn directions
  • Map location will update when an address is changed
  • Option to follow the position of the device on the map
  • We built long unsent chat messages to be navigable using the arrow key
  • The actual map icon on the PC app will not change when editing from the app until the user hits save
  • When you create a new marker it will appear without needing to change the zoom level

 

Active911 Android Release 1.6.14


We have been behind on our Android releases due to Google suddenly rejecting our releases without an explanation. After getting our lawyer involved, we were able to determine that Google wanted us to require a Terms of Service reaffirmation, so that is included in this update.

  • Updated GPS setting, Track Me for 15 Minutes – This allows agencies to benefit from improved GPS tracking immediately following incident response from a member without draining the user battery all day.
  • Flight mode gives users directions in degrees and nautical miles for aircraft routing
  • Made device code more accessible so users can view or copy it when needed
  • Settings page keeps agencies in the same order as the alerts page
  • Map buttons moved to bottom to make one-handed use easier
  • Users now have to accept the TOS before getting their device code via text–this was a requirement by Google

Inside The Volunteer Fire Departments That Want To Save You From The Next Catastrophic Wildfire

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(Bodega, CA) When I meet 93-year-old Evelyn Cassini, owner of the Casino Bar & Grill — a landmark roadhouse saloon and community touchstone in Bodega, CA, with an ancient 7 Up sign out front — she’s wrapping up a successful game of solitaire on the bartop poker machine. Stuffed raccoons and tangled deer antlers keep watch over pool tables and a scratched up hamburger grill as Cassini unceremoniously motions to an empty barstool and asks what I want to know about the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department next door.

“Everything,” I reply, tugging on a 7 Up.

She should know, given that for a long time the Casino, purchased in 1949 by Cassini and her late husband Art, served as dispatch for the fire department with Cassini fielding emergency calls on the bar phone. “I memorized all the ranchers’ numbers and would call to relay the messages,” she explains. Since her house number and the bar number were the same, her children weren’t allowed to be on the phone any more than three minutes at a time or they’d get a backhand from mom. If there was a major fire, the Casino would become a command center, and Evelyn would communicate with the California Division of Forestry in Guerneville to let them know what was needed. “It was all done by rotary telephone,” she explains, “and it worked.”

Beep beep… Bodega Bay, cliff rescue — vehicle off cliff.”

“That’s us,” Josh says calmly, grabbing his keys and walking toward the door (firefighters never run, I’m told). The waitress, aware of Josh’s credentials, understands the sudden departure. “Do you at least want a cup of coffee to go?,” she offers.

But we’re out the door and into Josh’s charcoal Chevy Silverado in a matter of seconds. A map appears on his phone via an app, Active911, which tracks all 17 volunteers and says whether they’re coming or not. Three have responded to this call: Josh; Ron Albini, the BVFD chief; and Wesley, Ron’s 20-year-old son. Others are listed as “watching,” meaning they’re not going to make it for the first truck but can come to the station to cover a second call if needed.

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Active 911 a valuable resource

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(Fairmont, WV) A new phone application that is reported to help first responders is being used in Marion County.

Active 911, a smartphone application, is being used by 11 fire departments in Marion County. The app provides resources for firefighters and other first responders.

According to Masturzo, local departments can even travel around town and register the location and gallons per minute available of specific fire hydrants.

“They can put the hazmat information in for businesses, and they can actually put pictures of the businesses or residences in,” Masturzo said. “If they do that, they can also do the measurements for the length of hose (needed) or from the hydrant to the building or for ladders.”

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Startup seeks to keep emergency vehicles safe on the streets

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(Grand Rapids, MI) Like many of its counterparts across North America, the Grand Rapids Fire Department in Michigan is grappling with an unfortunate side effect of continually improving auto engineering and technology – namely, people crashing into its fire engines and endangering emergency responders.

The system has been developed by HAAS Alert, a company started in Chicago in 2015 after co-founder Cory Hohs was nearly hit by an ambulance while on his motorcycle.

Hohs says he believed there had to be a better way to inform motorists that emergency vehicles were approaching, so he and co-founders Jigar Patel and Noah Levens got to work on building a wireless warning system.

They’ve since sold a hundred U.S. cities – Grand Rapids is the largest so far – on their system and have tested it in a number of other markets, including Winnipeg.

The company has landed deals with a number of emergency-vehicle manufacturers including E-One, Ferrara Fire Apparatus and KME to directly build its tracking technology into trucks, as well as with after-market outfitters such as Code 3 and Active911.

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Community Shows Support For City Of Lenoir Fire Station 3

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(Lenoir, N.C.) At least 100 local residents visited City of Lenoir Fire Station No. 3 Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, during an open house hosted by the Fire Department.

Station 3 has a two-screen digital monitoring area where firefighters can read information and follow fire calls. On one screen, the battalion chiefs post ride lists, calendars, and announcements. The second screen shows Active 911. When a call comes in, firefighters can see the call location on the map and nearby fire hydrants. During a call, the Chiefs can see the location of all the trucks coming to the scene in real time and can direct them to the closest fire hydrants. Each fire truck and Battalion Chief vehicle also has a tablet equipped with Active 911.

“It was nice to see how we’ve advanced with technology in the department and how we can follow our trucks and firefighters during a call,” Councilman Ike Perkins said. “I was so impressed with the whole building.”

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Park Rapids City Council Secures iPads to Run Active911 on Engines

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(Park Rapids, Minn.) Regarding budget choices the finance committee left up to the city council, significant discussion was devoted to a $1,000 request by Fire Chief Terry Long for a tablet and data service to patch the lead fire engine into Active 911 while en route to emergency calls.

Long said the tablet could help firefighters locate hydrants and estimate the arrival time of firefighters responding to a call.

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The Latest App Updates from Active911

You may have noticed a general release hit your phones last month! Here’s what we were busy working on: 

iOS 1.6.3 

  • Map Scale Factor – Adjust the size of your map for easy viewing
  • Map Marker Density – Adjust the size of map marker icons
  • Map Layer Toggle – Toggle off map layers that you don’t need
  • View PDFs with layers
  • Clearer error messages
  • No Internet Connection notification bar in maps when you don’t have a signal

Android 1.6.9.3

  • More information for lock screen notifications
  • More information for Android wearables
  • Map Layer Toggle – Toggle off map layers that you don’t need
  • Keyboard has a “Done” button to return to screen
  • Read banner alerts now mark as read
  • Fixed obscured text in Battalion Blue theme

The following features will drop later this month, when our Beta testing team is done trying to break them. Huge shoutout to the Beta users who alerted us to the following issues in the next release so we could fix them before it went out!

iOS 

  • New “Critical Alerts” feature replaces previous “Override Silent” feature for devices using iOS 12 and newer. Devices using versions of iOS older than iOS 12 will see the existing “Override Silent” option. A big thanks to user Simon Allard for advocating for this new iOS feature!
  • Made it easier to select options within the “External Links” section of an alert
  • Fixed a bug that prevented shared map data from appearing within the in-app mapping system
  • Fixed a bug that caused the app to crash when “Apple” was selected as the mapping source
  • Receiving routing within the in app mapping system upon opening the app for the first time shouldn’t require a force restart/extended wait – A big thanks to user Mark Potts for identifying this problem!
  • Adding map data icons within the in-app mapping system will correctly display the map data icon that was selected, rather than the default “flag” icon
  • Fixed bug that prevented devices with the “send alert” permission from sending alerts via the in app workflow – A big thanks to user Kevin Miller for identifying the problem!
  • The app badge counter updates after using the “clear all alerts” feature

Android

  • Our beta testers identified six separate issues that were causing the app to crash, most of which were mapping related. This release contains solutions for those six crashes. Please let us know if using the mapping system is still causing the app to crash for you.

Want Access to New Features a Month Before Everyone Else?

We are always looking for Android and iOS users who are willing to test new features and give us feedback via a short email survey.
Our surveys are less than 10 questions and ask users to rate each new feature on a scale of 1-5 after using the new release for at least a week. It takes less than a minute, and we get valuable feedback that makes Active911 better for everyone we serve. Email Active911 with your name, device type (Android, iOS, or PC) along with your device email to get signed up for the Beta testing program for your device.