Essex, CT - The Town of Essex Fire Marshal and Fire Department hav been working closely with technology partner First Due to release Community Connect, an application focused on protecting residents and their property in the most effective way possible during an incident or major disaster. Community Connect is a secure, easy to use platform that allows residents to share critical information about their household in order to aid first responders and emergency service personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively; ultimately resulting in better incident outcomes. In addition to the residential portal, Community Connect also helps business owners and property managers keep people at their commercial properties safe by giving First Responders access to critical documents such as evacuation procedures, occupant rosters, hazardous material lists and more. Additionally, designated contacts at properties that joined the program will receive immediate alerts via text message when First Responders are dispatched to the building address.
"Community Connect is a secure, easy to use platform that allows residents to share critical information about their household in order to aid first responders and emergency service personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively"
Community Connect is completely voluntary and residents are individually able to decide which information they are comfortable sharing. Residents simply create a profile and enter critical property and occupant information which is then made available to public safety agencies at the time of dispatch. Data provided by resident's within Community Connect is 100% secure and is used only for the purpose of better serving the resident during emergency situations.
If you are a resident in the Town of Essex, please visit Essex Community Connect to find out more information and register your household or business today.
First Due is on a mission to end first responder and citizen injuries due to a lack of information. First Due is focused on providing solutions for Fire and EMS agencies and the communities they serve, all with the goal of ensuring optimal preparedness for disaster situations.
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The Office of the Essex Fire Marshal is responsible for many duties that include performing fire and life safety inspections for all occupancies in town. When a fire occurs, an investigation on how the fire started must be conducted. This process called origin and cause investigation is conducted by the fire marshal. Additionally, pre-planning occupancies in town are conducted to give first responders vital information before arriving to the scene. This vital information is transmitted to responding emergency personnel and is utilized to assist in mitigating emergencies in a safer and more efficient fashion. The Essex Fire Department is an all-volunteer department with close to 30 members that rely on real time data to help them perform their job. Community Connect is a vital tool that helps us help you.Media Contact:
For additional information please contact Fire Marshal John Planas. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 860-767-4340 ext 146.
To see press and media assets for Essex Fire Department's launch of Community Connect, please see the program's files & downloads page.