MANLIUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — With public safety as a top priority for their communities, Manlius and Fayetteville Fire Departments are utilizing an app to not only help residents but themselves, for responding as effectively as possible situations.
The app works by allowing residents to upload information and details about their homes, pets, family, and more when arriving on scene. Each user is able to send this information through the app. When first responders are on their way, they’ll be ready to react in a more efficient manner.
“So, that when we’re responding to the call we don’t have to wait until we arrive to gather that information,” said Manlius Fire Lieutenant Chris Halliday. “That information can include how many people live in the house, two adults, four kids, 3 cats, a dog, a snake.”
You can plug into the app that there may be elderly, disabled, and/or children on the scene.
Or even about any particular hazards at the home (such as the location of propane or gas tanks), the location of gas and electricity shut-offs, and any unique access issues (such as driveway gates, long or narrow driveways, or the presence of solar panels on the roof).
According to Manlius Fire Chief Jansen Casscles and Fayetteville Fire Chief Paul Hildrith, “We are
both excited to bring this app to our community and are confident that this will help us in responding to emergencies. This is the digital equivalent of the old ‘save my child’ and ‘save my pet’ window stickers, but far better. The information entered in this app will populate right within the digital mapping tools of the IamResponding app that we already use to receive emergency alerts, so this information will immediately show on a tool that we are already using. We are very hopeful that the community will use this free app so that we can better protect their homes and families.”
“Any of the information that we can have prior to going to a call will greatly benefit us to be able to help the community.”
MICHAEL GREVELDING, FAYETTEVILLE FIRE LIEUTENANT
After downloading the app, enter code number 480509 to add the Manlius Fire Department OR 351901 to add the Fayetteville Fire Department to your MyLocalSafety app.
As part of Fire Prevention Week, both the Fayetteville and Manlius Fire Departments will host Open Houses at their stations. They will take place on October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can learn more about the app there.