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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 55 voluntary rescue teams in the organisation available on-call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All units are operated totally by local crew who give freely of their time and effort to the Coast Guard and local community. Killaloe has 26 volunteers who are fully qualiﬁed in water rescue, land search & rescue, and ﬁrst aid response. Looking at how to make teams ʻsmarterʼ with their training, and improve preventive measures, the Coast Guard have supplied their teams with a potentially lifesaving web application for rescue team management. Just launched by an Irish company, the tool called Decisions For Heroes helps organisations like Mountain Rescue, Lifeboats, Coast Guard, and other team-based emergency services record and analyse their rescue operations. Identifying that better decisions save lives, the software was created to monitor rescuers response readiness, availability, qualiﬁcations, and experience. Armed with a laptop and internet connection, 999 responders can record the details of rescue operations and their training exercises. The software automatically performs analytical charting, draws heat maps, and benchmarks reports to outline areas of strength, weakness, and domain expertise. Ofﬁcer in Charge of Killaloe, Michael Quigley, has limited time for paperwork but still needs to know his team's status at all times. Michael has conﬁgured Decisions For Heroes to send him an automated weekly brieﬁng email every Monday, containing a report of every team member's activity and scheduled training plans. This week, the report outlines the 2 incidents the team attended at the weekend and alerts him that 5 members are off-call for 48 hours from Tuesday. Decisions has calculated they will be short a boat coxswain for training on Wednesday and prompts Michael to conﬁrm extra cover, targeting his message to only qualiﬁed coxswains on-call this week using the integrated email.
Communications and team management are drastically improved by providing a central information store that members can access from home, work, or their mobile handsets in the 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 his regular report on team attendance hours, getting a break-down of members skills requiring attention. Now he can determine what they trained in, who trained in it, and when they last practised a technique. Easy-to-generate statistics can be used to observe patterns and reduce accidents in a community. With integrated mapping, teams can generate heat maps of their callouts and compare them to their training locations. Killaloe uses the mapping to observe hotspots where incidents are repeatedly recurring year after year. With this data the team can now approach the local council with real measurements to show where warning signs should be located and public safety awareness focussed. Decisions For Heroes is already being used by 1,800 rescuers in 5 countries, and founder Robin Blandford has now launched a company to commercialise and expand the service to emergency services globally from local ﬁre brigade to alpine ski patrols. In a rescue team? Get started! www.decisionsforheroes.com Contact Robin Blandford, Founder at +353 (0)86 328 7563 or email email@example.com Visit the web page of Killaloe Coast Guard www.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 a 2008 European Seedcamp ﬁnalist; 2008 Irish Web Awards ﬁnalist for 'Most Innovative', 'Best Web App', 'Best Technical'; and 2008 Best Irish 'Technology Blog'.
Killaloe Coast Guard
Heatmap of callouts.
Distribution of call outs in the last 12 months.
Weather conditions on-scene
Member Monitoring (sample)
Robin Blandford (Company Founder) in his local volunteer Coast Guard role, checks his personal protection equipment before leaving the harbour as crew on a safety patrol boat.
Coast Guard wet winch operation from sea to helicopter.
Coast Guard Cliff Climbers training to stretcher haul a spinal casualty.