Case Study


The current vital-signs tracking systems for first responders are too cost-prohibitive for any municipality to employ and realize the benefits of such a system.

This product was deisgned to create an affordable, reliable and flexible system that meets or exceeds the needs of any size first responder organization.

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The Situation

The partner company needed the ability to integrate both location tracking and vital signs monitoring into its first responder turnout gear. The company wanted Incident Accountability Officers to be able to tell, at a glance, which first responders are on site at a fire/accident, where they are located on site, and whether they are at risk for physiological events such as loss of consciousness or heart attack.


Because they are exposed to high heat and placed in intense situations, first responders and fire fighters are at high risk of heart attack or loss of consciousness. The ultimate goal of the partner company was to produce turnout gear that would enhance the safety of firefighters and first responders by providing a system to monitor their vital signs.

Major challenges:

  • Track the location of 50 to 1,000 first responders in real-time
  • Track the locations of first responders both indoors and outdoors
  • Monitor and report on cardiorespiratory status of each first responder in real-time.

The Solution

Voltech developed a web app specific to the partner company, that allows the on-site Incident Accountability Officer to track all first responders who arrived at the scene of a fire or accident by showing their locations on a map. For each officer or fire fighter, it tracks when they arrived on the scene, how long they have been on the scene, what their current locations are, and what their health status is.

Voltech adopted its Bluetooth-enabled GPS tracker to a wearable unit that reports on the location of each first responder. Voltech also integrated a small sensor worn near the chest of the first responder that detects his/her heart rate, from which heart rate variability is computed, which monitors the first responder’s vital signs. The system alerts the on-site Accountability Officer if a first responder collapses, stops moving, or exhibits warning signs of potential adverse events, such as cardiorespiratory problems, so he/she can be retrieved prior to a collapse.

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