Considering the fact that the to start with major firestorms of 2017, superior technological innovation has been bettering equipment for firefighters, who even now mostly function on the ground and normally with small information and facts about how the overall struggle is likely.

Two Bay Location firefighters have developed an overall problem awareness application that other firefighters like — and say really should unfold to other departments.

No matter whether on an iPad or other pill, the Bay-Space-created “Tablet Command” process is absolutely nothing much less than a technological recreation changer for firefighters, by firefighters.

Contra Costa County firefighters William Pidgeon, who is also a computer system science expert, and Andy Bozzo, a performing firefighter, used their true world experiences to appear up with the Pill Command computer software.

The software program is now employed by 265 hearth departments across North The us, and its consumer quantity is developing each day.

“I was not prepared to build a mission significant application. So we elevated some money with pals and relatives, created a company and partnered with a computer software growth business to acquire the initially version of the software,” stated Pidgeon.

The application is all about the situational recognition of the entire fireplace incident, featuring data offered to all incident commanders and very first responders.

“The nice matter about this, it’s on an iPad, which, for most departments, they can find the money for to obtain,” mentioned Chief Costa.

Just before Pill Command, laptop computer laptop methods that did 50 % as a lot ended up, at least, two times the price. To this working day, any departments nonetheless have only paper notes, paper maps and a radio, with minor accessibility to the significant image.

Two Sonoma County firefighters noticed the application get the job done though they have been on mutual support incidents, and they fought difficult to deliver it to the Bay Spot.

“I was blown absent. I was like, ‘Wow, we truly require to provide this to Sonoma County,’” explained Petaluma Fire Section Assistant Main Chad Costa.

“It is, by significantly, fingers down, one particular of the most effective technology applications I have at any time utilized,” included Sonoma Valley Hearth Battalion Chief Spencer Andreis.

Pill Command incorporates any area’s fireplace historical past, all roads statewide (like back roadways and hearth roads), the location of each individual piece of products and countless numbers of cameras (like distant utility cameras), neighborhood fire temperature and is infinitely expandable.

From the area, firefighters can input information and facts in authentic time, drastically speeding up and improving upon responses.

If you will find any weakness to this technique at all, it happens in remote areas the place you will find small or no Wi-Fi. But, with commercial, online satellite Wi-Fi previously on the market place, that challenge will likely be cleared up as effectively.