"StreetWise CADlink”, is intended to fill a clear gap that exists in the
products currently available from the communications industry serving the fire and emergency responder. To help understand the nature of this product, we offer the following story.
Imagine that a firefighter is in the fire station cooking dinner for the crew. A call crackles over the radio speaker on the wall indicating that a structure fire has been reported at 5327 Arlington Avenue. The crew of Engine 1 moves quickly toward the fire apparatus. On the way, the engine’s Captain picks up a small tablet computer that is sitting in a drop-in charger near the door. As he walks toward the engine, the tablet computer begins vibrating and its screen announces “alert received”. Climbing into the cab of the engine, the Captain opens the tablet where he now sees an area map on the screen with a flashing
icon pointing to the exact address of 5327 Arlington Avenue. Pressing his finger to the screen on the flashing icon, a box pops up with additional information about the call as it was reported to the
dispatcher. Near the bottom of the screen, he presses on a “Navigate To” button and in moments the screen is providing turn by turn directions to the incident. The fire engine roars out the door.
As they turn down the busy street, following the directions being provided by the tablet, the Captain clicks another button to change to a satellite view of the incident and surrounding neighborhood. Pinching the screen to zoom in, he sees what appears to be a dirt road coming off another street that passes right behind the fire building. Picking up his radio, he instructs another responding unit to respond to that street and approach the rear of the building by way of the dirt drive. Clicking back to his own map screen, he selects a button labeled “Hydrants” and, instantly, the layout on the map includes flashing icons indicating the location of the nearest fire hydrant. Using the on-screen measuring tool, he is able to determine that the closest hydrant is 800 feet from the fire building. Based on that information, he requests an additional engine be dispatched for relay pumping. Clicking on the hydrant icon, he is able to provide the other engine the exact hydrant number to report to. The other engine crew enters this hydrant number into their tablet and immediately follow on-screen navigation toward that hydrant.
Now that he is satisfied that he has sufficient resources assigned to the incident, the Captain clicks on another tablet button labeled “Pre-Incident Data”, which is flashing to indicate that a pre-incident plan has been completed for this structure. Clicking on that button, the tablet switches to provide a “Quick Access Data” screen that provides a host of basic, but critical, information about the structure, including what it is used for, what hours it is open, how many occupants it typically has during various hours of the day, the name of the keyholders and their contact phone numbers, what types of utilities serve the structure and so on. Another button accesses additional data about chemicals stored in the building. Another click and he is looking at a diagram of the building and its basic interior layout. He pinch-zooms to see a closer depiction of the electric utility shutoff. There is an optional click that brings up an actual photograph of the shutoff and he tells the firefighters in the rear seat of the engine that the utility is partially hidden behind a large bush to the left of the rear door.
After reviewing various other selections of pre-incident plan data, he returns to the main map screen and selects “View Units” to display the current location of his unit as well as the other fire units that are responding to the scene. He quickly sees that his unit should arrive first, followed by Engine 2 about 30 seconds later. Based on that, he tells Engine 2 to use caution at the intersection of 53rd and Arlington, since they will both approach the intersection close to the same time. Engine 2’s Captain responds back that he is also watching that on his tablet map.
As Engine 1 pulls up in front of the structure, heavy smoke can be seen emitting from a window on the west side of the structure. The Captain quickly clicks a button on the tablet that automatically records his arrival time and a prompt asks if he wishes to record an “Arrival Photo”. He clicks “yes” and holds the tablet’s camera up to take a quick time-stamped photo of the conditions on arrival. He knows that photo will assist the fire investigators later. Another button press transmits the photo and makes it available to other tablets.
Satisfied that they have all the critical information they need, the crew jumps off the fire engine and goes to work.
- Target Audience: Firefighters (Career and Volunteer), EMS personnel
- Hangar 14 Solutions (attached logo) is the company behind StreetWise CADlink - the software.