National Firefighters Endowment (NFE), a non-profit, public charity with a mission to protect the lives of our firefighters, and NowForce, a developer of comprehensive mobile solutions for emergency response organizations, announced a partnership in which they'll be hosting a contest to give away an emergency response dispatching system, including mobile apps for first responders and incident commanders.
Running on users' existing phones, NowForce's emergency response mobile apps combined with a web-based dispatching module enable public safety organizations to transform smartphones into fully-integrated mobile data terminals, minimizing response times and maximizing situational awareness.
"We're thrilled to team up with NowForce," said Shane Parkins, NFE President and Executive Director. "NFE is dedicated to getting the best tools and equipment into the hands of firefighters to help them complete their important, life-saving work and then come home safely to their families. NowForce's stand-out system is a perfect fit with our vision."
The NowForce solution includes a mobile app that runs on firefighters' and EMT's smartphones and a web-based dispatching portal that can interface with any computer aided dispatch software. When a call comes in to 911, the fire department has the option of either executing a general call-out or automatically dispatching the nearest responders to an incident. For volunteer departments, the system features enhanced privacy settings, through which the command center can "see" all potential responders on a map, however each is shown as "anonymous" until he/she has accepted an incident.
The contest to win a free NowForce system will be offered through the NFE and NowForce Facebook pages. Entrants will be required to fill out a brief application form, and then be given the opportunity to solicit votes for their department.
NowForce's customers include both career and volunteer fire and EMS departments, law enforcement agencies and campus and private security organizations, who boast response times of 2-3 minutes, far below the national averages. Boone County (MO) Fire Protection District (BCFPD), the largest volunteer fire department in the State of Missouri, uses the system, and recently the Montgomery County (MD) Fire Rescue Service utilized
NowForce track its fire and rescue/EMS resources during the 2013 AT&T National golf tournament.
"Our solutions for fire and rescue departments are all designed with one purpose in mind: to save lives," said Assaf Shafran, NowForce CEO. "Teaming up with the National Firefighters Endowment is a natural extension of what we're all about. We're gratified for their help in spreading the word about NowForce, as we both continue to support firefighters in the sacred mission of protecting their communities."