Johnson County Fire District 1 serves a 100 square mile area in the southwest part of Johnson County, KS. With over 50 personnel working in three fire stations, the department implemented First Arriving Dashboards to streamline communication and keep members informed.
Trig Morley, Battalion Chief of Community Preparedness and Special Operations, found out about First Arriving Dashboards through members who saw them at a department in Missouri. “They thought it was a good solution for keeping everyone informed and up-to-date. They were really impressed.”
Morley reached out to First Arriving for more information and this helped him learn about the benefits of dashboards.
“Prior to the implementation of dashboards, we were relying on emails and we noticed gaps where people weren’t getting messages,” Morley said. “It seemed that folks had to log into at least 3 different apps to increase their situational awareness for the day.” First Arriving dashboards allow for important information to be streamlined into one product that is accessible to all personnel.
The department ordered multiple devices to have in their stations to aid situational awareness for all department members, no matter where they are in the station. “With the First Arriving dashboards, it allows us to put all of that information in one product that would be displayed at all our stations,” Morley said. He has received positive feedback from the members as well.
When it comes to uploading content and managing the dashboards, it hasn’t been difficult for Morley who had previous experience with the applications integrated. Since implementation it has been easy for Morley to update content. “Everything is really easy and straightforward.”