Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) Saves Lives With MotionX

August 8, 2012

 

“The MotionX-GPS App Has Helped Us Save Over 50 Lives in the Six Months We’ve Been Using It,” Chris Nolan, HFD

 

Alika Winter using MotionX-GPS during a rescue call

Alika Winter using MotionX-GPS during a rescue call


SANTA CRUZ, CA–(Marketwire – Aug 8, 2012) – The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) Search & Rescue division has been using MotionX-GPS on the iPhone as a critical time-saving navigation tool during search and rescue alarms. Due to the often treacherous Honolulu terrain, distress calls from hikers and tourists in trouble is a daily occurrence.

 

When hikers or tourists call 9-1-1 from their mobile phone, their location coordinates are automatically transmitted to the emergency response team. HFD Search & Rescue inputs the lat/lon coordinates into MotionX-GPS and navigates to the waypoint using a combination of team members on foot crossing the rugged terrain, and by air in mountain rescue helicopters.

 

“We deal with multiple lost or injured hikers in ridge-line rescues, as well as missing boaters,” said Chris Nolan, Fire Fighter 2 Rescue Specialist. “We’ve been using MotionX to locate these missing persons through use of their lat/lon when they call 9-1-1. MotionX-GPS has helped us save over 50 lives in the six months we’ve been using it.”

 

Chris Nolan tending the Stokes stretcher

Chris Nolan tending the Stokes stretcher


“MotionX saving lives makes us proud,” said Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of Fullpower-MotionX. “The Honolulu Fire Department is at the cutting edge of using the iPhone and iPad with MotionX.”

 

The team also leverages the Auto Live Updates feature in MotionX-GPS to track each others’ location. With the ability to see every team member’s current position, the team captain coordinates the operation and saves valuable time.

 

Honolulu Search & Rescue team coordinating with the Coast Guard

Honolulu Search & Rescue team coordinating with the Coast Guard


“Time is always an issue when you are dealing with sunlight and/or major cervical spine injuries,” said Alika Winter, a rescue specialist on Nolan’s team. “We’re making a huge push for all agencies to use the MotionX-GPS iPhone app for multi-company alarms,” added Nolan.

 

As a special summer offer, the MotionX-GPS App is available for $0.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

 

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Honolulu Search & Rescue team members: Chris Nolan, Alika Winter, Capt. Keoni Kino, Asa Tanaka, Chuck Spencer, and pilot Steve Aiu.

Honolulu Search & Rescue team members: Chris Nolan, Alika Winter, Capt. Keoni Kino, Asa Tanaka, Chuck Spencer, and pilot Steve Aiu.


About Fullpower-MotionX
Founded in 2003, by Philippe Kahn, the creator of the camera-phone, Fullpower-MotionX leads the wearable sensing revolution. With a broad IP portfolio, the MotionX technology platform powers leading solutions from companies such as Nike, Jawbone, Comcast, Pioneer, JVC and others. Fullpower sees iPhone and iPad applications as a showcase for the MotionX technology platform. MotionX applications have established leadership in Health, Fitness and Navigation.