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.
Recently, we met with the owner of a construction company, battling some pretty significant timecard issues. He was struggling with employee time cards that were showing 80% of their hours as prevailing wage. He knew for a fact that the prevailing wage hours should be averaging no more than 50% of the work. With the company paying close to $15 more per hour for prevailing wage, he knew something had to be done.
Rural First was able to provide a unique yet simple solution. Employees are now automatically clocked into prevailing wage when they enter the site and then returned to their regular hourly wage the moment they exit the job site. With the ability to build a virtual geofence around the prevailing wage site, the workers are now paid down to the second for the time they spent on a prevailing wage job.
If you are still having your employees report time on a sheet of paper they turn in, then you are most definitely leaving a lot of cash on the table. With today’s advances in technology, this process has been streamlined.
Construction companies, along with many other commercial enterprises often battle over reporting of hours. Even if it’s not intentional. Small “fudging” of hours adds up. Let’s say the employee worked from 8:17 am to 4:36 pm, but logged it as 8 am to 5 pm. That’s almost an hour being reported that was not worked. This can add up very quickly.
Many contractors loathe payroll, and the shuffling of time sheets. A good time and attendance system can end those headaches. You may not care if a good worker arrives a little late as long as the work gets done. But if you saw the actual, factual totals, you’d be shocked by how many work hours you’re losing each week to fudging and rounding.
The American Payroll Association states that as much as 8% of total payroll costs are lost due to errors in the recording of hours worked, employee theft, and time spent by payroll/admin staff gathering and calculating time cards. And these numbers go up with mobile employees keeping their own time manually. That is equal to 38.4 minutes per 8 hour day. At $20 per hour, that equates to $3200 per year per employee or $64,000 per year for 20 employees.
How much can we save you? Let me show you what this can mean for you when you switch from paper time sheets to a web-based time tracking system such as Rural First. Your labor costs will shrink by 5% or more. Take your monthly payroll, multiply by 5%, then multiply that by 12, and those are very conservative numbers.
With our RFID feature, employee time is easily tracked, and time cards are a thing of the past. Essentially it is an onsite time clock. Each employee will have a key fob that they swipe in the vehicle, recording their hours on site down to the minute. Not only does it cut down on over reporting. But you will no longer be spending money on man hours for someone to go thru handwritten time sheets, and try to make sense of them. The RFID time clock feature and Geofence ability are just 2 ways of many that Rural First can make a difference in the way you do business. We offer the correct turn by turn directions, reports, alerts, maintenance, and tracking.
As you may or may not know, 97% of the country is classified as small town rural America. And the current commercial mapping in those areas is incredibly inaccurate. Many of the address points, especially residential do not exist, and the street names in the maps do not match the street names on the road signs. In order for the American Rural Mapping Initiative to be successful and provide first responders with the accurate data, they need to arrive on scene quicker and save more lives we need your local data. To date, we have worked with and mapped 128 counties throughout the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri. The tracking and routing services utilized by our First Responders through the RuralFirst web map application relies heavily on accurate road centerlines with address ranges and 9-1-1 address points.
Please contact us if you are able to provide any mapping data for your county, so that we can better serve the First Responders in your area.