CADPage App for Firefighters and First Responders

This app serves the community by serving volunteer first responders

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 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 to their cellphones. 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 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 are going to respond. That's where CADPage steps in.

Many Useful Features

Once the user settings are customized, CADPage interrupts received text messages from the selected county's 911 dispatch center and alerts the user via a customizable alert system. The emergency call displays on the screen of the Android device, along with details 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. They can also set what color they 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 how good their apps are and how well they respond to issues. The CADPage developers take their app seriously. Updates are released frequently to add additional functionality or to fix bugs.

The CADPage source code is open source and available for anyone to review, making it possible for the community around the app to catch bugs and improve upon the app.

Final Thoughts and Recommendation

An app like CADPage and the dedication of its developers is fully appreciated in the industry. CADPage decreases the response time to emergency scenes and makes 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 help with scheduling and others monitor 911 dispatch transmissions. While these apps serve a purpose, few are as valuable and as helpful as CADPage.

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