The inspiration for this app came while I was working as the Plans Chief on a larger task.
It was several days in, and the command team was burning the midnight oil getting team assignments ready for the next operational period of the search as it rampted up to include over 100 searchers and convergent, and about two dozen assignments.
I was struck with the amount of repetition while filling out the various forms. Task number, task name, and even the text of the team assignments were repeating to a great degree. Perhaps if my background was in English literature, I’d have found more creative and varied ways to say “Do a visual sweep of the area on the map”, but instead I’m a programmer so I made this app to speed things along.
We ultimately found the subject after 5 days, and after I'd gotten a little sleep I began work on this app. It has since been used during a number of large scale responses in the province, and I continue to add new features. Anything is better than doing all that paperwork by hand!
--Dylan Baker, Manager with Campbell River SAR