There are over 9,000 injuries and 200 deaths annually amongst firefighters in the United States alone. One of the major contributing factors to this statistic is the absence of Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS). The truth is that there has not been a good way to track of a firefighter’s location, status, and environment from within a burning building. For nearly 100 years, the basic approach has been a whiteboard that is updated by an accountability officer who is tasked with monitoring radio chatter and recording changes – an entirely unreliable and ineffective way to stay on top of rapidly changing circumstances in the throes of an emergency.
3AM has partnered with experts around the globe to solve this age old problem. We have designed a solution that utilizes state-of-the-art sensors, communication technologies, and software which we call FLARE – an acronym for Firefighter Location and Rescue Equipment. FLARE creates a self-contained mesh network that monitors, records, and reports a firefighter’s movements, location, and surrounding temperature in real time. FLARE is a solution designed by firefighters for firefighters and will dramatically improve the safety and outcomes for the men and women who risk their lives for us daily.