Mission Manager, Inc. successfully rolled out its cloud-based incident management tool at the Florida Police Chiefs Association’s 2015 Mid-Winter Training Conference & Exposition, Jan. 11-12, in Tampa, Fla. Mission Manager representatives conducted live demos at the company’s booth, demonstrating firsthand how Mission Manager can help police agencies improve efficiency and effectiveness of their day-to-day operations and live missions – securely in the “cloud.”
The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA), which comprises more than 770 of the state’s top law enforcement executives, is the fourth largest state police chiefs association in the United States. FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university police, private business and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies. Through its training programs and conferences, the FPCA ensures the highest degree of preparedness and responsiveness among the state’s many agencies and officers.
Mission Manager – a robust software tool based on preparation, readiness and execution – provides a turnkey solution for team and asset management, real-time situational awareness and automated reporting functions. Highly secure and customizable, Mission Manager ensures a common operational picture across multiple platforms, complete with comprehensive mapping layers, and also streamlines the process of managing callouts and producing reports.
Re-launched on July 15, 2014 with significantly enhanced security and infrastructure, Mission Manager has supported approximately 5,000 missions in all 50 U.S. states and 20 nations since 2011. In addition to law enforcement agencies, users include search-and-rescue organizations, fire departments, and emergency operation centers. Missions have ranged from single-person rescues to public events and large-scale natural disasters.
In the law enforcement community, agencies around the U.S. have relied on Mission Manager for daily team and equipment management, real-time communications, situational awareness and reporting.
In Southern California, Mission Manager has been a valuable tool for law enforcement search-and-rescue operations since 2011. It has enabled incident commanders to capture all components of an incident under one umbrella, providing a comprehensive way to coordinate, track and deploy their teams – and afterward, provide documentation with a click of a mouse.
One incident commander noted that Mission Manager is “easy to use, all-inclusive and integrated. The data entered into the tabs cross-pollinates the forms, which makes the reporting process much easier for us. I also like the mapping layers, which draw from multiple sources, including Google maps, Twitter feeds and government sources. We use both the maps and messaging features on a regular basis.”
In the Northeast, Mission Manager has helped SWAT teams manage their daily team operations and live missions, including security for public events. During a large-scale public marathon that required heightened security, a SWAT team’s administrator relied on Mission Manager to gather the documentation needed to manage members’ assignments, provide real-time communications and track personnel during the event.
“Mission Manager saved us hours of briefing time and multiple sessions of Q & A, and also helped us track our team members’ activities and whereabouts,” according to the administrator, who today uses Mission Manager on a daily basis. “It has helped us cut out the middle man and become more efficient and effective. I particularly like the feature where you can send out a mass email or a text message to the whole team.”
When used as a daily tool, Mission Manager allows incident commanders to manage everything from attendance records, training, and missions to issued weapons and equipment. It also automates the reporting process, including tracking member’s hours and producing inventory reports, in order to fulfill requirements for standard reports and government reimbursements.
During a crisis or planned event, Mission Manager allows administrators to track all phases of the event in real time, including team locations, event/radio logs and assignment status. Every activity is automatically logged and recorded, providing a second-by-second record of every mission and event.