Univ. of Connecticut FD Embraces New Technology For First Responders

Sept. 17, 2012
CommandScope Software Delivers Critical Data to Serve Over 35,000 Students and Staff in Emergencies

CHICAGO, Ill and STORRS, Conn. (Sept. 17, 2012) – The University of Connecticut Fire Department (UCFD), a fully operational 24/7 department composed of four platoons of firefighters, fire inspectors and chief officers with stations located at the main campus in Storrs, Conn, and at the University’s Health Center in Farmington, today announced its implementation of the CommandScope™ All Hazard Pre-Incident Plan program to help protect nearly 35,000 students, staff members, patients and vistors on over 4,266 acres. CommandScope gives first responders access to critical pre-plan information, both on-site and en route on their Mobile Data Computers (MDC’s), which includes maps, photographs, utility shutoff locations, floor plans, fire protection systems, hazardous material information, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), emergency lockdown procedures, and much more.

“Our goal was to implement an easy-to-use, university-wide system that would allow all of our emergency personnel – fire, police, mutual aid, and more – to have immediate access to the valuable data they need when responding to a call,” said Chief John Mancini of UCFD. “CommandScope will save us critical minutes that could save lives. The latest building data is instantly available on mobile devices in our vehicles so we can coordinate our efforts to quickly and efficiently take action.”

“When first responders get to a building, even if they’ve never stepped foot in it before, CommandScope gives them an instantaneous snapshot of what they’re walking into,” said David Howorka, Executive Vice President of RealView, LLC, the Chicago-based company that developed CommandScope. “Our software program arms first responders with the ability to access the critical building details they need to save lives and assure less property damage.”

Updating data is simple, and new information is immediately synchronized across devices university-wide. The building information gathered and updated by the UCFD will be accessible to fire safety professionals, mutual aid responders, law enforcement, SWAT, the local Office of Emergency Management, and hazardous materials response units.

CommandScope is utilized by fire and police departments, municipalities, utility companies, office/industrial properties, and college campuses across the United States and Canada. Designed with best-of-breed technology, CommandScope’s technical standards adhere to the requirements of both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Incident Management System (NIMS), which is a template of procedures developed to execute a multifaceted rescue plan to save victims of unforeseen catastrophes.

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About RealView, LLC

RealView, LLC (www.RealViewLLC.com) is a software development company headquartered in downtown Chicago that specializes in paperless, mobile technology solutions. Featuring RealView Mobile Inspections and the CommandScope All Hazards Pre-Plan programs, RealView, LLC offers an ASP model that provides subscribers with software solutions without the costly expense of purchasing, managing, and supporting “owned” hardware/servers. All updates for RealView’s programs are systematically and seamlessly synchronized to clients electronically at no additional cost. With a Gold certified Microsoft development team, RealView, LLC offers the latest advancements in software technology and development solutions. For more information, contact RealView by phone (312.284.2030) or email ([email protected]).

About The University of Connecticut Fire Department

The University of Connecticut Fire Department [UCFD] is a fully operational 24/7 department composed of four platoons of Firefighters, Fire Inspectors and Chief Officers responding from two stations, one located at its main campus in Storrs and the other at the University’s Health Center campus in Farmington. All Firefighters are State of Connecticut licensed Emergency Medical Technicians or Paramedics who can assist students, visitors, patients, faculty and staff with medical emergencies should they occur. Firefighters are also certified as Hazardous Materials – Technicians and continually train in specialized areas such as radiological emergencies, confined space rescue and participate in live fire training. The Department is equipped with four engines, a tower ladder, two paramedic first response vehicles, four basic life support ambulances, two neonatal ambulances, two hazardous materials response vehicles, two decontamination trailers and numerous support vehicles. The University of Connecticut Public Safety Dispatch Center is also located in the Public Safety Building, located at 126 North Eagleville Road, and is staffed around the clock by Public Safety Dispatchers. The UCONN Public Safety Dispatch Center answers 9-1-1 calls made from the Storrs campus and dispatches the appropriate emergency resources. More information can be found at www.fire.uconn.edu.

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