1/30/13
SafetyPAD supports D.C. Fire Inauguration efforts
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Minneapolis, Minn. – January 24, 2013 - OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, successfully supported Fire and EMS teams deployed to support the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Crews from D.C. Fire and EMS utilized the SafetyPAD technology to service the more than 800,000 individuals present in and around the Inaugural activities area.


It took months of planning with the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Service leading the responsibilities for Fire & EMS support for this year's Presidential Inauguration. One of the issues was how best to utilize the available resources. As part of this effort, the SafetyPAD system enabled emergency responders to record vital patient information quickly and accurately, thereby empowering DC Fire and its Mutual Aid partners to put patients – and not paperwork – first. The technology platform also provided paramedics, firefighters and EMT personnel to work seamlessly with hospitals and other facilities; all without requiring additional manpower.


“With the heavy volume of individuals in the area, we were confident that SafetyPAD would support the EMS personnel, and our systems performed exceedingly well,” says Scott Streicher, Director of Operations for OPEN Incorporated. "SafetyPAD's technical team assisted the District's I.T. staff with installations of SafetyPAD software on multiple hardware types to help the City increase its electronic capabilities for such a large scale event.”


D.C.’s 911 center routed calls for the Mall area, parade route and around the U.S. Capitol to dispatchers at the temporary dispatch center set up in the City. Those dispatchers, along with Fire and EMS coordinated with the aid stations and numerous mutual aid units from surrounding jurisdictions to support the Inaugural events. As a result of the mutual-aid agreements put in place by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in the Washington Metropolitan Area there were more than 100 ambulances and medic units available for transporting patients to area hospitals. Prince William County Fire & Rescue, who are also a SafetyPAD customer, sent multiple units to assist D.C. Fire to help ensure adequate EMS support was in place.

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