It was only a few years ago that the founder of Rural First, Rob Woolsey, was forced to grieve the loss of his mother. Due to inaccurate GIS mapping, First Responders were unable to arrive in time to save her life. Unless you are personally affected like Robb, or a first responder serving a rural area, you might not realize the difference a strong and efficient GPS tracking solution like Rural First can make when it comes to public safety.
At Rural First, we believe that GPS tracking solutions are so much more than just a route mapping tool. Our product gives you complete information about your fleet at a glance. Rural First places great emphasis on situational awareness, ensuring that emergency response vehicles are able to respond to calls immediately and arrive on-time. With our accurate mapping data, you will not only be able to effectively route your First Responders to call locations, but you will see the exact location and state of each vehicle, siren and light activity, and vehicle fuel and maintenance status. You’ll be at peak performance, on-time, every time.
The US National Library of Medicine notes that: “morbidity and mortality are affected if care is not instituted within the first hour after injury”. Emergency responders refer to this time period as the ‘Golden Hour.’ It is described as the time between receiving a call, locating a vehicle, dispatching the team, and arriving on the scene. First Responders, the Golden Hour can be the difference between life and death. We have found this to be true time and time again. In the case of Robb’s mother, the EMT should have arrived within 6 minutes of the phone call.
However, due to inaccurate directions, it took them 45 minutes to arrive. In fact, as Mrs. Woolsey was fighting to breathe, the ambulance sped past her home. By providing the most accurate routing and mapping information, ensuring that the closest unit is dispatched, and ensuring that EMTs receive correct turn-by-turn directions, Rural First has significantly increased the odds of reaching the call within the golden hour.
Route navigation for emergency response vehicles is a matter of life and death in many situations. A few years ago I took a trip to the ER by ambulance. I was at home and feeling faint, luckily I turned out to be ok. While we were speeding to the hospital I remember thinking, why on earth are they taking the longest route possible? Are they not from here? Do they have to follow very specific directions given to them by dispatch? Despite my unwelcome attempts to assist with their driving from the gurney, we arrived 7 minutes later than necessary.
Dispatchers using GPS tracking solutions can ensure that first response drivers are not only taking the quickest routes to their emergency calls but the safest routes as well. By being able to determine whether a route is taking first responders thru an area where there are one-ways or road closures, valuable minutes can now be spent saving lives. Our goal at Rural First is to decrease dispatch times to emergency calls, save more lives, and ensure the safety of First Responders and the communities they serve.