RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Valley Health System has partnered with Share 911 to implement a new emergency alert and response system that will provide real-time information to both employees and first responders.
This new technology will play a critical role in increasing the system-wide safety measures that protect employees, physicians, volunteers, patients and guests.
Share 911 is not a substitute for calling 911; rather it is a powerful tool that enables co-workers to help each other and make more informed decisions to protect themselves while the police, fire department or EMS are en route.
“Over the past few years, Valley has implemented a number of new safety measures to protect both its staff and its patients," said Daniel Cross, Director of Security and Public Safety for the Valley Health System. "Access to Share 911 will serve as a 24/7 emergency resource for all employees.”
Share 911 was founded in 2013 by Ramsey resident Erik Endress, a 30-year volunteer firefighter, and Ray Bailey, a former deputy police chief.The program was then developed by a Ramsey based start-up, OnScene Technologies Inc., which is led by developer Adrian Lanning.
The primary goal of Share 911 is to change the way that people respond to emergencies, with a focus on large buildings that have a large number of occupants. Its web-based system is currently being used in approximately 1,000 locations nationwide, including hospitals, K-12 schools and private businesses.
When an individual calls 911, the information they share has to be funneled through dispatchers prior to being disseminated to first responders, such as police and EMS.
The system is highly effective during small scale emergencies, but can become less effective during large scale incidents due to dispatchers receiving an overwhelming volume of calls.
With the invention of Share 911, building occupants, security and police are able to receive real-time information about a current threat — fire, medical or other — on their smart phones, computers or tablets without going through a dispatcher.
Because it’s web-based, there are no limits to the number of people using it at any given time.