Corporal Hashir Zahir, 20, a full-time inhabitant serviceman (NSF), describes himself as a problem solver.
So when he beheld that a deployment of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) glow bikers could be even faster, he motionless to come adult with an app to speed adult their response times.
Fire and Rescue Specialist-Emergency Medical Technicians, or glow bikers, are typically a initial responders to glow and medical emergencies. When an puncture call comes in, they have to set off within a minute, after donning their rigging and removing a call square – a square of paper with sum of a case.
They also get an SMS with plcae sum and elementary box information for easy reference.
To make a response routine some-more seamless, Cpl Hashir felt it would be useful to have an app that can, regulating a plcae sum given, immediately lift adult directions to a area in usually dual taps. So when an SMS comes in, a app now gives glow bikers a choice to start navigating to a plcae but any hassle.
SCDF officers go by daily drills to memorise routes and areas around their glow hire boundaries. So while many glow bikers know these routes by heart, a app has helped to trim seconds off their response times, something of good significance in a life-saving operation.
On occasions where a glow bikers need to go over a common range or respond to calls during newer skill developments, a app removes a need to manually pivotal in a residence into their mobile phones. Directions can be pulled adult with usually dual taps around a app.
“I beheld that they infrequently have to manually form in a residence into their Google maps if it is an unknown area, so this app removes that need,” pronounced Cpl Hashir, who started his inhabitant use in Jul final year and was posted to Yishun glow hire in Nov that year.
It was a initial time that Cpl Hashir, who is from a National University of Singapore High School of Math and Science, had grown an app. After spending tighten to 100 hours on his days off scouring a Internet to find out some-more about app development, he took about 3 weeks to come adult with a initial chronicle in March.
“I didn’t tell anyone that we was operative on a app. So when we finally told my commander and bosses about it, they were agreeably astounded and pronounced it unequivocally had potential,” he said. “They wanted to make it central and by Jun gave clearway for it to be tested.”
Cpl Hashir presented his app progressing this month during a SCDF’s 3i Convention, an eventuality to applaud and inspire creation within a force.
He pronounced he felt a clarity of feat and fulfilment.
“When we started portion NS, we never suspicion we would be means to assistance people in such a way. I’m blissful a SCDF has been understanding of it.”
The app, that is into a fourth chronicle and is usually for Android phones for now, has been on a commander intrigue during a 3rd SCDF Division glow stations in Yishun, Ang Mo Kio and Sengkang.
Since August, 40 glow bikers from a multiplication have used a app. It is scheduled to be tested islandwide by a center of subsequent month, when about 180 glow bikers will use it.
So far, a app has perceived certain feedback from a glow bikers.
Said glow biker, Sergeant Vikneshvaran, 28, who goes by usually one name: “This app has never unsuccessful me and is really useful when we answer an puncture call during an unknown location.”
He added: “It adds to the competency to respond to emergencies.”