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FILE - The Leary Firefighters Foundation has announced the Elk Ridge Fire Department has been selected as a winner in the 2018 National "Spot-a-Hero" Technology Grant campaign.

ELK RIDGE, Utah County — The Leary Firefighters Foundation has announced the Elk Ridge Fire Department has been selected as a winner in the 2018 National "Spot-a-Hero" Technology Grant campaign.

The department will receive a $5,000 licensing grant for Spotted Dog Technologies’ Rover Incident Response Platform. The two other grant winners are Piggott Fire Department in Arkansas and Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland. All three departments are staffed by volunteers.

The platform and mobile app is used by fire, rescue and emergency medical service agencies to send emergency alerts to the mobile device carried by first responders who can easily notify the department that they are available to respond to a call with the touch of their phone screen.

Rover automatically sends the responder’s status and credentials and, as responders travel to the firehouse, incident command receives a real-time countdown of their arrival time and can track them via GPS on a monitor at the station.

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Rover also provides all users with navigation integration, views of hydrants and hazards and preplans. Rover is currently used by more than 25,000 first responders at 500 agencies in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

To be eligible for the grant, volunteer departments were nominated by members of their communities at SpotAHero.com. Five finalists were selected to have the opportunity to apply for the grants with three winners chosen.

Many of the community members who nominated Elk Ridge made mention of the department’s response to the Bald Mountain Fire in September.