A smarter rescue team just arrived on-scene. Over.
A web application that could lead to your survival.
Killaloe Coast Guard Unit is the ﬁrst inland Irish Coast Guard unit and is one of 55voluntary rescue teams in the organisation available on-call, 24 hours a day, 365 days ayear. All units are operated totally by local crew who give freely of their time and effort tothe Coast Guard and local community. Killaloe has 26 volunteers who are fully qualiﬁed inwater rescue, land search & rescue, and ﬁrst aid response.Looking at how to make teams
with their training, and improve preventivemeasures, the Coast Guard have supplied their teams with a potentially lifesaving webapplication for rescue team management. Just launched by an Irish company, the toolcalled
Decisions For Heroes
helps organisations like Mountain Rescue, Lifeboats, CoastGuard, and other team-based emergency services record and analyse their rescueoperations.Identifying that better decisions save lives, the software was created to monitor rescuersresponse readiness, availability, qualiﬁcations, and experience. Armed with a laptop andinternet connection, 999 responders can record the details of rescue operations and theirtraining exercises. The software automatically performs analytical charting, draws heatmaps, and benchmarks reports to outline areas of strength, weakness, and domainexpertise.Ofﬁcer in Charge of Killaloe, Michael Quigley, has limited time for paperwork but still needsto know his team's status at all times. Michael has conﬁgured
Decisions For Heroes
tosend him an automated weekly brieﬁng email every Monday, containing a report of everyteam member's activity and scheduled training plans.This week, the report outlines the 2 incidents the team attended at the weekend and alertshim that 5 members are off-call for 48 hours from Tuesday.
has calculated theywill be short a boat coxswain for training on Wednesday and prompts Michael to conﬁrmextra cover, targeting his message to only qualiﬁed coxswains on-call this week using theintegrated email.