Raleigh, NC – August 30, 2010 – Emergency Technologies, Inc. (ETI) proudly announces that the Visual Fire system is live and operational within the city of San Antonio Fire Department, the city of Schertz Fire-Rescue, and throughout all of the Bexar County Fire Departments. ETI’s Visual Fire solution allows these city and county fire departments to have an integrated public safety information system to help streamline information sharing between city and county agencies.
In August 2008, ETI was contracted to provide a Fire Records Management System to the seventh largest U.S. city, the city of San Antonio, Texas. Phase 1 of this project was completed in November 2008, and allowed San Antonio Fire Department to report fire incident information in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) 5.0 standard in order to maintain eligibility for USFA grant funding. Phase 2 of this project, which was known as the Alamo project, included the expansion of the Visual Fire system throughout the 23 Bexar County Fire Departments and city of Schertz Fire Departments. This regional deployment is part of a larger 14.7 million Dollar contract through the Prime Contractor, TriTech Software Systems.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with the city of San Antonio, city of Schertz and Bexar County as they strive to improve public safety operations through the use of a multi-department Fire Records solution.” says Kyle Breischaft, president and CEO of Emergency Technologies, Inc. He continues, “Visual Fire delivers the technology necessary to allow multiple fire departments to seamlessly share mission critical data that helps save lives and reduce Fire Fighter injuries.”
Visual Fire is a public safety software application designed specifically for fire and EMS agencies. Visual Fire is an application that integrates fire incident reporting, Mobile Field Reporting, Training and certification records, Hydrant information and Structural Pre-Plans, along with several additional modules that will provide the city of San Antonio, the city of Schertz and all other Bexar County, Texas Fire Departments with modern technology to increase county–wide operational efficiency. Visual Fire will also be tightly integrated with TriTech’s Computer-Aided Dispatch system, VisiCAD and Orion's AgencyWeb.
About San Antonio Fire Department
The San Antonio Firefighting Division is comprised of 1,041 uniformed firefighters operating out of 50 fire stations. SAFD provides fire protection and medical first responder service to over 1.32 million citizens with a service coverage area of over 400 square miles.
About Bexar County Fire Department
Bexar County has a population of approximately 1.65 million people, and is the 19th most populous county in the United States. The Bexar County Fire Departments are made up of 23 Fire Departments consists of Fire Suppression, Fire Code Compliance & Enforcement, Fire Prevention & Inspections, Fire/Arson Investigations, Fire Dispatch Communications, Community Outreach Initiatives, and the Office of Emergency Management.
About the City of Schertz
The city of Schertz is San Antonio's largest suburban city. Schertz Fire / Rescue has 32 full-time paid fire fighters and serves approximately 35,000 citizens and a coverage area of approximately 34 square miles, 27 square miles within the city limits. Schertz Fire / Rescue services include: Fire suppression, fire education, fire prevention, inspections, technical rescue, swift water rescue, advanced life support, and hazardous materials response.