Texas-based startup ResponderX, Inc. will provide attendees of the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) 2018 with an opportunity to see a live demonstration of its firefighter tracking system at the conference’s trade show April 26-28. First unveiled at last year’s show, TaskForce Tracker was described by Erich Roden, Editor-in-Chief of PennWell Fire Group’s FireRescue Magazine, as “Hands down, one of the top three products at FDIC.”
The system is comprised of a device the size of a deck of cards which is worn on a firefighter’s protective gear that communicates with an apparatus-mounted computer. These two devices transmit data to a tablet managed by the incident commander or safety officer, which displays each individual firefighter’s exact location on an emergency incident scene. In the event of a mayday, rescue crews know exactly where to find the downed firefighter, rather than spending precious time searching for him or her.
. The passively-deployed system tracks firefighters both inside and outside of a structure and collects data on fire conditions to relay back to fire officers outside the hazard zone. There is currently no other device on the market available to emergency responders which is comparable to the TaskForce Tracker system; the ability to precisely locate firefighters inside of a structure has long been sought by firefighters, and is described as industry insiders at the “Holy Grail of firefighting”. ResponderX currently has approximately 20 agencies around the country, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms’ National Response Team, identified as pilot sites. Piloting is scheduled to begin later this year, and additional agencies are still being considered as pilot sites.
Inspiration for the idea came to company founder and CEO Andrew Jarrett after a 2013 fire at a Knights of Columbus Hall in Bryan, TX which claimed the lives of two Bryan Fire Department lieutenants and severely burned two firefighters.
Mr. Jarrett and the ResponderX team will be providing information about the system and speaking to departments interested in piloting and/or purchasing the system. Interested attendees and media may contact Director of Client Relations Cody Blount to schedule interviews or individual meetings with Mr. Jarrett during the conference.
Please visit www.responderx.com for more information.