Fort Lauderdale, FL - Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue has 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 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 or business owner in Fort Lauderdale, please visit Fort Lauderdale 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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Fire Rescue operates 12 fire stations, and is the busiest city in Broward County, responding to over 46,000 calls for service annually. FLFR utilizes highly trained special operations teams, including Hazardous Materials, Technical Response, Dive Rescue, Marine Rescue, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Medical, and Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF). It partners with neighboring agencies to provide closest unit response (CUR). FLFR utilizes its own advanced medical protocols, such as induced hypothermia (ICE alert) and a STEMI (cardiac arrhythmia/irregular heartbeat) program.
To see press and media assets for Fort Lauderdale's launch of Community Connect, please see the program's files & downloads page.