Butte-Silver Bow Launches Smart911 to Deliver Enhanced Emergency Response to Area Citizens Sheriff Urges Citizens to Create a Safety Profile to Provide Emergency Responders with Critical Information that Can Save Time and Lives
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and BUTTE-SILVER BOW, Mont., Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens in the Montana county of Butte-Silver Bow can breathe a little easier today knowing that their local 9-1-1 and response agencies have a new tool to help during emergencies. The county has launched the national Smart911 network, allowing citizens to create a free online Safety Profile with critical data on their household they want 9-1-1 to have during emergencies. Once created, when a citizen places a 9-1-1 call their profile is automatically displayed to 9-1-1, enabling emergency teams to have a better understanding of the situation and respond to the right location with the right personnel and the right equipment.
Butte-Silver Bow joins Missoula County in providing Montana citizens with access to the rapidly growing Smart911 service, which is now helping citizens and emergency responders across 23 states. The Butte-Silver Bow 9-1-1 Center receives approximately 30,000 calls for service annually, dispatching Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services.
"Having more information is an immeasurable benefit to emergency responders and we encourage citizens to create a Smart911 Safety Profile," said John Walsh, Sheriff of Butte-Silver Bow. "The profile can detail medical conditions and disabilities that help dispatchers understand why a caller might be uncommunicative, expediting and supporting EMT response. They can let fire crews know not only how many residents are at a home, but locations of bedrooms. Police can be alerted to potential threats and photos can be available to facilitate the search for a missing child. In an emergency, more information means greater effectiveness, saving invaluable time and lives."
Each Smart911 Safety Profile is private, secure and only available to dispatchers during an emergency call. It can include home or work addresses associated with mobile phone numbers, details of medical conditions and disabilities, photos of family members, floor plans and other rescue information. Smart911 is a national service, as a result, anytime a citizen dials 9-1-1 across the country and their call is answered by a local Smart911 supported center, their profile will be available. This brings additional peace of mind to Butte Butte-Silver Bow and Missoula residents who travel throughout the state or visit other areas of the country.
Smart911 is provided by Rave Mobile Safety, the trusted software partner for campus and public safety. It is the result of a public/private partnership endorsed by leading public safety and health officials throughout the U.S., as well as advocacy groups. In recent months alone, the service has been adopted in communities from Florida to Kansas to Washington state, with Arkansas announcing the first statewide deployment and Washington, D.C. also launching Smart911.
"By deploying Smart911 and urging citizens to create a Safety Profile, Butte-Silver Bow is demonstrating their commitment to delivering the most effective emergency services possible to area citizens," said Tom Axbey, President and CEO, Rave Mobile Safety. "Municipalities throughout the U.S. are realizing how detailed information can dramatically improve emergency outcomes, and as this public/private partnership expands, we can look forward to increased public safety across the entire country."
About Rave Mobile Safety
Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted software partner for campus and public safety. Used by leading Institutes of Higher Education and State and Local Agencies, the award-winning portfolio of RaveAlert, RaveGuardian, Eyewitness, Smart911 and SmartPrepare enables millions to feel safe, secure and connected. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information please visit www.ravemobilesafety.com.
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