"The ability to see the destination zoom closer as the engine approaches is one of the great features of this program. It is no longer necessary for the engine to slow down and start searching for addresses on each house on the block, just hit the brakes when the icon on the screen is at the crosshair or buffer ring."- Joe Perusse, South King Fire & Rescue
Injured Woman in the Woods
Crosshairs show the location of the victim. The original dispatch was for point 1. Point 2 shows where the ambulance was moved.
On September 22, 2006, Corvallis police, firefighters and medics responded to an injured woman in the woods off Circle Blvd. A Corvallis police officer located the woman in a blackberry patch in thick woods and brush and called 911 on his mobile phone. Dispatch obtained the GPS coordinates transmitted from the phone and radioed the coordinates to the Fire Incident Commander (IC).The IC entered the GPS coordinates into IncidentView using the Lat/Long search feature and was then able to see the victim's location on the IncidentView map. By clicking the aerial photo button he quickly determined that the ambulance could be moved from the trailhead (a 2,600 ft carry distance) to a nearby clearing accessible by vehicles. Although not visible to the first responders, the clearing was a mere 100 feet from their location. The ambulance was repositioned and with a little cross-country trail blazing the victim was transported to the hospital much faster than if she had been carried to the trailhead.- Lieutenant Rick Hill, Corvallis Fire Dept.Read the Corvallis Gazette-Times article by clicking here.