PFD Wins "Spot a Hero" Grant

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Leary Firefighters Foundation has announced the Piggott Volunteer Fire Department has been selected as a winner in the 2018 National “Spot-a-Hero” Technology Grant campaign. The department will receive a $5,000 licensing grant for Spotted Dog Technologies’ Rover Incident Response Platform. The two other grant winners are the Elk Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, Utah, and Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, in Maryland.

To be eligible for the grant, volunteer departments were nominated by members of their communities on the SpotAHero.com website. Five finalists were selected to have the opportunity to apply for the grants with three winners chosen.

“We are delighted to provide the licensing grant to the Piggott Volunteer Fire Department to help put critical information in the hands of their firefighters in the first crucial minutes of an incident through the Rover System,” Said Jodi Wallace, Program Administrator.

Community member who nominated Piggott shared personal stories about the 21-member squad with one nominator offering, “Piggott Firefighters are hardworking people with many other commitments and obligations in their lives. They dedicate many hours a week to drill and emergency response, as well as to help our community.”

The Rover Platform and Mobile App is used by fire, rescue and EMS agencies to send emergency alerts to the mobile device carried by first responders who can easily notify the department that they are available to respond to a call with the touch of their phone screen. Rover automatically sends the responder’s status and credentials and, as responders travel to the fire house, incident command receives a real-time countdown of their arrival time and can track them via GPS on a monitor at the station. Rover also provides all users with navigation integration, views of hydrants and hazards, and preplans. Rover is currently used by over 25,000 first responders at 500 agencies in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

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