By US Daily Review Staff.
Last week at the Capitol Building, Arkansas State Senator Gilbert Baker (R) announced that Arkansas has become the first in the nation to launch Smart911 statewide, ushering in a new era of public safety for all of its citizens. In an initiative marked by bipartisan leadership, and the overwhelming support of public safety officials and public service groups, the Smart911 deployment will give 9-1-1 telecommunicators, police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) more detailed information, enabling them to respond to an emergency in the right location, with the right personnel and right equipment to improve the incident outcome.
Smart911 is a service provided by Rave Mobile Safety, a software partner for campus and public safety. Smart911 is a public/private partnership which gives citizens the ability to create a free, private and secure Safety Profile that integrates with the 9-1-1 system. Endorsed nationwide by leading public safety and health officials, as well as local emergency responders and advocacy groups, the rapidly-growing Smart911 service is now helping emergency responders across dozens of states protecting millions of citizens.
“With Smart911, we are providing our 9-1-1 centers and emergency responders with the best possible tool to protect all of our citizens. Regardless of political affiliation, there is no greater priority than the well-being of those we serve,” said Senator Gilbert Baker of Arkansas. “Through new technology and at no cost to taxpayers, Arkansas is leading the way in public safety by helping front-line responders in each and every city and town to resolve emergencies more effectively and save lives.”
Smart911 allows citizens to create a Safety Profile online at www.smart911.com that is automatically displayed to 9-1-1 during emergency calls. This can include home addresses associated with mobile phone numbers, medical conditions and disabilities, photos of family members, floor-plans and other rescue-related data.
This information enables emergency responders to have a comprehensive understanding of the scene before they arrive. For example, EMS will know about medical conditions, allergies and disabilities, facilitating precise life-saving treatment. Fire crews will know not only how many residents are at a home, but locations of bedrooms, residents with special needs and even if there are pets on-premise. Police will have instant access to a child’s personal information and a photograph if a child goes missing.
“Arkansas’ leaders understand that their citizens deserve the most effective emergency service possible and they’re committed to helping responders improve incident outcomes,” said Tom Axbey, president and CEO, Rave Mobile Safety. “While Smart911 is growing rapidly, Arkansas’ statewide launch sets an important public safety example. We look forward to working with public safety leaders to quickly roll the service out across the state.”
Citizens are encouraged to create their Safety Profile with Smart911 today to have their information immediately available to 9-1-1. Smart911 data is private and secure, is only used for emergency responses, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call.