Since our last article (waay too long ago) Gentry FD has started testing with a program called Active911.  This program allows our responders to indicate if they are responding (important for a Volunteer Dept) as well as provides an extra alarm tone (in the event a pager died or it's one of those 3am calls).  Most importantly however, is that it also provides a GPS map link to the incident.

There are some additional features such as Reporting and integration with their data via an API (Application Programming Interface) that we have not yet explored but for the price of about $11 per phone per year it's a pretty good deal and conceivably could end up making a difference on calls.

If your Department doesn't have something like this I highly recommend giving them a try as they have a free trial period.  You can download the application for free from Google Play or Apple's AppStore and signup on their website at .