Software & Apps Apps CADPage App for Firefighters and First Responders This app serves the community by serving volunteer first responders by Thomas Phelps Writer Former Lifewire writer Thomas Phelps is an IT sales and technical writing professional with more than two decades of experience. our editorial process Thomas Phelps Updated on March 30, 2019 Cadpage.org Apps Best Apps Tweet Share Email Designed for volunteer firefighters, CADPage is an advanced, customizable, notification app that provides most of the information a first responder needs. From a description of the emergency call to a map tied directly to the Android navigation system, CADPage is a powerful and extremely useful free app. Why CADPage? In the past, volunteer firefighters were alerted to a call via a siren. Those choosing to respond often didn’t know the nature or location of the emergency call until they arrived at their assigned station. Cellular technology improved the information responders received by alerting volunteers via a text message sent directly to their cell phones. This information included details about the emergency call, as well as the address associated with the 911 call. As beneficial as text messages are, they are still limited in the information provided. There were two critical missing components of the text messages, a mapping feature and the ability for responders to acknowledge the call and let department offices know if they were going to respond. That’s where CADPage steps in. Many Useful Features Once the user settings are customized, CADPage will interrupt received text messages from the selected county's 911 dispatch center and alert the user via a customizable alert system. The emergency call will be displayed on the screen of the Android device, along with details of the nature of the call, a button that links the address of the call to Google Maps, and a button to acknowledge the call. Users can also set a customized notification sound that provides a unique tone for all emergency calls. When used in combination with ringtone apps, users can assign a unique notification sound for all incoming CADPage alerts. You can also set what color you want the LED indicator light to flash, as well as the speed at which the indicator flashes. When it comes to emergency notifications, the more distinctive the alert, the better. Solid App Developers Most apps have occasional issues at some point. The true test for how good a developer is not only how good his or her apps are, but how well he or she responds to issues. The CADPage developers take their app very seriously — updates are released frequently to add additional functionality or to fix bugs. Final Thoughts and Recommendation An app like CADPage and the dedication of its developers is fully appreciated in the industry. CADPage not only decreases the response time to emergency scenes, but it has also made it easier for volunteers to respond. A better response time improves the safety of communities across the country. There are several apps designed for volunteer fire departments, some to help out with scheduling and others to monitor 911 dispatch transmissions, and while all these apps serve a purpose, few are as valuable and as helpful as CADPage.