July 22, 2018
The city of Cincinnati has taken measures to improve reaction times of the emergency facilities in the wake of a disastrous occurrence that led to the demise of a 16-year old student at Seven Hills School.
On April 10, Kyle Plush became surrounded under the back seat of his Honda Odyssey. He tried to get in touch with emergency services many times to appeal assistance but expired from asphyxiation in the back of his minivan. His body was not found for many hours.
The occurrence has prompted the city to take measures to improve safety for its inhabitants and make sure the crisis services have access to important information to assist first responders to find and provide treatment to people in crisis situations.
On July 12, Cincinnati put into operation Rave Mobile Safety’s Smart911 facility. The Smart911 facility lets people register a variety of information with the emergency facilities to quicken reaction times.
Users of the Smart911 facility can record their photographs, contact information, medical information such as allergies and blood type, languages spoken, emergency contact information, details of pets and service animals, car data and other information.
When a call is placed to the emergency facilities from a mobile phone or landline recorded through the Smart911 facility, the system identifies the number and provides the emergency facilities with all the information that has been earlier registered. People can record as much or as little information as they desire.
This information can organize first responders and make sure proper medical treatment can be managed in the shortest possible time. Having access to pictures can assist the emergency facilities to identify sufferers of crime and find missing people, and the emergency facilities can be provided with important information to assist people with infirmities.
In the occurrence of a fire, the system can arrange for fire teams with information concerning the number of inhabitants in a building and the site of the bedrooms, making sure they know precisely where to go. The system also lets the emergency facilities to transmit text messages to a mobile phone, such as when a caller is not able to talk verbally.
In the case of Kyle Plush, the emergency facilities would have had instant access to the make and model of his car, which might have permitted him to be located in time to save his life.
As described on ABC’s Good Morning America, the Smart911 facility is “The Personal Security Game Changer.”
The Smart911 system is free of charge and voluntary for inhabitants to use. Information in the system is kept protected at all times and is only ever revealed to the emergency facilities when a recorded user of the facility makes a 911 call from a phone number listed in that user’s profile.
All Cincinnati inhabitants are being persuaded to sign up for the facility and record their information, which will be entered into the nationwide safety database. Presently over 1,500 cities in 40 states are using the Smart911 facility.