The Winchester Fire & Rescue Department has worked closely with technology partner First Due to release Community Connect, an application focused on protecting residents and their property during an incident or major disaster.
“We are always looking for ways to better serve the citizens of Winchester,” stated Fire Chief Jon Henschel. “For that reason, we are rolling out this new program to protect our residents and their property in the most effective way possible.”
Community Connect is a secure, easy-to-use platform that allows residents to share critical information about their household so that first responders and emergency service personnel can respond more efficiently and effectively, ultimately resulting in better incident outcomes. In addition to the residential portal, Community Connect also helps business owners and property managers keep people at their commercial properties safe by giving first responders access to critical documents such as evacuation procedures, occupant rosters, hazardous material lists, and more. Designated contacts at properties that join the program will receive immediate alerts via text message when first responders are dispatched to the building address.
Community Connect is completely voluntary, and residents decide which information they are comfortable sharing. Residents can create a profile and enter critical property and occupant information, which is then made available to public safety agencies at the time of dispatch. Data provided by residents within Community Connect is 100% secure and is used only for the purpose of better serving the resident during emergency situations.
Residents of the City of Winchester are encouraged to visit Winchester Community Connect for more information and to register their households or businesses.
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