Heroes need all the help they can get

Tuesday PushDecisions For Heroes

Decisions For Heroes - Rescue team management and analytics.

Decisions for Heroes is an online reporting and analytics tool for search and rescue teams. eg. Coast Guard, Mountain Rescue, Lifeboat etc.

This is from the companies factsheet and will explain it better than I could:

  • Decisions For Heroes is a web application that saves lives, it does this by helping rescue teams record and analyze their rescue operations and training.
  • Decisions For Heroes was trialled for 8 months with 1,800 rescuers in 5 countries.
  • The system has a ‘baked-in’ feedback system, that allows users leave improvement suggestions against each page.
  • There is no software to download. Users access the tool as a web application through their internet browser.
  • Typical users include Mountain Rescue, Coast Guard, Search & Resuce Dogs, Sheriff Depts., Lifeboats, and Urban Search & Rescue teams.
  • Users sign-in after each incident or training exercise to type in their activity report. Decisions For Heroes automatically adds their data to their teams records, and updates their stats.
  • Rescue teams pay a monthly subscription to gain access to the service.
  • The initial Decisions For Heroes service was built by founder Robin Blandford in 2008.
  • Robin Blandford saw the global use of this service having developed a prototype version of the software for his own rescue team. The resulting data was so good, that he decided there was a business in it.
  • Having initially worked abroad, Robin Blandford now lives and works from Ireland, Europe.

The new company ByteSurgery Ltd is being launched today (May 19th 2009) to commercialise and expand Decisions For Heroes to emergency services around the world from local fire brigade to alpine ski patrols.

They also have a Facebook page to help keep you up to date with all the happenings.

It’s fantastic to see such a great initiative which will aid in so many search and rescue training exercises and missions and ultimately save lives. I think it deserves all the exposure it can get.

MyMunster.com Tuesday Push

It being a second Tuesday it’s time for a push. A big push. Not as big a push as my wife’s one on Saturday morning last as our youngest son was born. But that’s a post for another day. There is a connection though, so bear with me. He was born in St. Munchin’s Maternity Hospital just a very brief walk from Thomond Park, Limerick.

Munster Rugby Supporters are famous throughout the rugby world for being the best supporters in the world, the 16th man which has helped the team to victory on several occasions. What better way for those proud supporters to keep in touch between games or to discuss events Munster related, than online. MyMunster.com provides the platform to do just that. It is a social network for fans of Munster Rugby, registering is easy and there are great chances to win tickets to different games. The MyMunster Blog keeps you up to date on all the latest news.

The atmosphere at Thomond Park is always fantastic and even on non match days the mind of any Munster supporter is apt to wander at the mere sight of the stadium. It was in such a position I found myself last Saturday morning in the delivery ward of the maternity hospital.

Being in such close proximity to the spiritual home of Irish Rugby, of course I wondered if my youngest born would ever grace that hallowed ground in full battle attire to oppose the attack of the mighty All Blacks.

My wife screamed again and tightly squeezed my hand.

She was grand again for a while. What if my two sons played together on the same team? Knocking seven shades of shite out of anyone that stood between them and victory.

Another roar brought me out of my daydream. “You’re doing great love, do you want some water?”

What a proud father I would be watching the fruit of my loins play for The Lions, stand shoulder to shoulder to represent their country or even better still to play for Munster!

I realised the circulation into my fingers was cut off. More roars and gasping and panting and squeezing the bejaysus out of my hand.

What number would he wear? Would he be a back or a forward?

AAAAaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh! She said, very very loudly, or something like that.

What if it’s a girl? Sure wouldn’t it be great if she married a Munster player. We’d have a guard of honour with all the players and tickets to every match.

More screams and sucking on the gas and air.

It was probably at this point that I snapped out of my daydreaming and realised I had a job to do.

I immediately rang my mate to see if he had got the tickets for the Munster v Leinster clash in April.