The Philadelphia Fire Department and Drexel University announce the release of the new “Philadelphia Fire Department Safety App” on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm. on Drexel University Campus, 33rd and Race Streets. For smart phone users, the application is optimized for IOS and will run on Android platforms, giving users instant access to fire prevention and safety information. Users will have instant access to a wide range of safety and emergency preparedness information including smoke alarms, home escape planning, hospital locations, first aid tips and much, much more.
This application is a partnership between the Philadelphia Fire Department, Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel’s Department of Public Safety, and the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation, which has supported Drexel University and the Philadelphia Fire Department for more than a decade. The app was developed and designed by Drexel University web development seniors Darielle Brown-Davis and Jordan Steward under the supervision of Digital Media, Web Development Professors Jervis Thompson and Troy Finamore.
Fire Commissioner Ayers said “This app will give us an opportunity to impart critical information on a multitude of safety subjects via a popular medium used by thousands of Philadelphians every day. We will gain access to segments of the population that we might not ordinarily come into contact with on a regular basis.”
“This technology will play a critical role in further reducing the number of deaths and injuries from fire and smoke in Philadelphia,” said Kal Rudman. “ We are now offering fingertip access to comprehensive and intensive fire and safety prevention tools for anyone with a mobile device or home computer.”
The Fire Safety App is web based, and features a series of information tabs as well as a quick find function. Users can also tune into a live-feed of Philadelphia Fire Department radio. This app can be accessed for free at www.freedomfromfire.com/fsapp.
“This project offered our students an opportunity to use the latest web development and design technologies such as (HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and AJAX),” said Jervis Thompson, a web development professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, who advised the student designers along with his colleague Troy Finamore. “We worked alongside Fire Prevention Division Staff and Deputy Chief Derrick Sawyer to build a web based app that provides Philadelphians with essential fire safety and prevention information. The best part is this free app is simple to use and available in the palm of your hand.”
Commissioner Ayers also said “we needed Drexel to create an easy to use app which includes the most critical fire safety information and a list of resources, on a platform that could be continuously updated. They came through for us in a big way, proving once again their dedication to community risk reduction as well as education. They continue to be a true partner in prevention.”