Cullman emergency responders get high tech help from new app

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CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Council on Monday approved the purchase of a new system that will give emergency responders high-tech assistance getting where they need to go. The Rover system by Emergency Reporting is designed to get emergency calls out to responders quickly and efficiently, and give them detailed directions to call locations. The Cullman Fire Department already uses certain software from the company, to which the Rover system will link.

According to Emergency Reporting, “When an incident occurs, Rover instantly relays the call out to your responders’ mobile devices, shaving seconds off their reply. With one touch on the Rover app, responders send their availability while Rover automatically retrieves their credentials, location, and travel time. Once responders have confirmed their acceptance, Rover provides everyone who has secure access to the Rover portal (via station dashboard, laptop, in-vehicle tablets or cell phone) with the precise location of each responder and a countdown to their arrival.”

The system features (from the manufacturer’s website):

  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Unlimited users and devices
  • Works with any mobile device, tablet and desktop 
  • Pinpoints each responder and apparatus with GPS geolocation and real-time tracking 
  • Access to pre-plans, water assets and map objects  
  • CAD integration and live updates available  

The system is advertised as “highly configurable,” meaning that the smart device app can be customized to the Cullman Fire Department’s needs, placing onto online maps building labels, hydrants, Knox Box locations, fire department connection points, utility shut-offs, fill sites and more. Links to even such things as weather reports can be placed in the app.

Cullman Fire Chief Brian Bradberry told The Tribune, “We’ll be happy to get that. And the good thing about it, too: it’s unlimited uses, so just paying the one fee and all our trucks will have it. Very helpful for our responders and firefighters.”

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