Need to Evacuate DC or Find other Emergency Information? DC Fire and EMS Have an App for You

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From a press release:

“The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) announces the launch of its mobile app for Apple, Android and Windows devices.

“Smartphones and other mobile devices can help people access a lot of information quickly,” said DCFEMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe. “This app is another way for people to interact with the Department and get information that can help in an emergency.”

The app contains safety and emergency information for users that includes:

• Steps to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
• Steps to perform abdominal thrusts;
• Steps to create a family emergency plan;
• Finding the nearest engine company based on your location;
• Evacuation routes to exit the District; and
• Updates from DCFEMS Facebook and Twitter feeds

The app was developed in partnership with DataNet Systems Corporation, a District-based information technology firm that focuses on application and software development solutions for government agencies.

The app can be downloaded for free at the following locations (click links):

iTunes (Apple)            Google Play (Android)            Windows Phone (Microsoft)

5 Comment

  • Money well spent. Not like we need new ambulances or anything.

    • Or new trucks, or more firefighters. Definitely a new fire chief

    • Chatting with a friendly firefighter the other day, I learned that the average lifespan for an urban firetruck or ambulance is 5-7 years, shorter end of the scale for the ambulances because they get used more. He said that he has one new truck in his station, and the other five are all 12+ years old. One is 19 years old.

  • Why are all the distances 8500+ miles away? Or am I misreading the label? Dan, if you’re in some exotic hideout somewhere, save the post for when you get back! 🙂

    • Those screenshots were taken from the app stores. Guessing the app development was outsourced to India or something. 🙂

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