Phila. Fire Dept. introduces free fire safety app

PHILADELPHIA - September 26, 2012

Thursday the Philadelphia Fire Department will officially launch its brand new fire safety app. But we are giving you an exclusive first look right now.

This new fire safety app is THE place for all of your emergency information. The focus is empowering you.

"We concentrate on community risk reduction and one of the most important things that you can do to reduce that risk in the community is start with yourself," says Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.

With just one click you can sign up for a smoke detector installation, learn how to make a home escape plan, or find tips on protecting your family in the event of a natural disaster.

On top of that, there are listings for city hospitals, fire houses and even a link to the newly launched Red Cross app.

The goal was to keep it simple and user friendly.

And for those who are interested, there is even a link to listen to a live stream of Philadelphia's fire radio.

At the core of the app's development are two Drexel University seniors who say its creation was really a team effort.

"We got feedback from the fire department and continued to just go back and forth. We were able to put in some of our creativity and some of what they wanted so we could meet their needs," said Darielle Brown-Davis.

The app is free and web-based so it can work on multiple smart phone and tablet platforms.


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