When first responders arrive on the scene, it can often be difficult for them to get an idea of what the inside of a building looks like. However, thanks to the development of a new program, firefighters at the University of Connecticut have helped solve the problem.
The program, known as CommandScope, gives first responders the opportunity to look at detailed information about the building they're entering via their smartphone or other mobile device. The software has access to everything from maps and photos to hazardous material information. According to UCFD chief John Mancini, the development could be a critical advancement.
"CommandScope will save us critical minutes that could save lives. The latest building data is instantly available on mobile devices in our vehicles so we can coordinate our efforts to quickly and efficiently take action," he said in a press release.
The use of CommandScope is the latest nationwide effort to provide first responders with more tools to perform their jobs. One of the most significant advancements has been the development of a public safety network, which was tested earlier this summer at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, according to Politico.