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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
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smarter
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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.
Decisions 
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.
 
Communications and team management are drastically improved by providing a centralinformation store that members can access from home, work, or their mobile handsets inthe field. As a team enter their records, the software builds a profile of each rescuer,tracking their qualifications, experience, training hours, and skill-sets automatically.Before the Wednesday training exercise, Michael signs-in to
Decisions 
and runs hisregular report on team attendance hours, getting a break-down of members skills requiringattention. Now he can determine what they trained in, who trained in it, and when they lastpractised a technique.Easy-to-generate statistics can be used to observe patterns and reduce accidents in acommunity. With integrated mapping, teams can generate heat maps of their callouts andcompare them to their training locations. Killaloe uses the mapping to observe hotspotswhere incidents are repeatedlyrecurring year after year. Withthis data the team can nowapproach the local council with real measurements to show where warning signs shouldbe located and public safety awareness focussed.
Decisions For Heroes 
is already being used by 1,800 rescuers in 5 countries, and founderRobin Blandford has now launched a company to commercialise and expand the serviceto emergency services globally from local fire brigade to alpine ski patrols.In a rescue team? Get started!www.decisionsforheroes.comContact Robin Blandford, Founder at +353 (0)86 328 7563 or emailrobin@bytesurgery.comVisit the web page of Killaloe Coast Guardwww.killaloecoastguard.ie
About ByteSurgery Ltd:
Founded in 2008, Dublin based ByteSurgery creates inspiring digital media engineering.With continued contagious enthusiasm they have been acknowledged and awarded as a2008 European Seedcamp finalist; 2008 Irish Web Awards finalist for 'Most Innovative','Best Web App', 'Best Technical'; and 2008 Best Irish 'Technology Blog'.
 
Killaloe Coast GuardHeatmap of callouts.

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