Neighbors, a free app by Ring designed to help community members connect and stay informed about local public safety incidents, recently announced that local fire departments are joining the app to share
safety tips with the communities they serve and enable residents to more easily interact with their departments.
Fire departments across six states are now using Neighbors, including the Charlotte Fire Department (NC), Brownsville Fire Department (TX), Rogers Fire Department (AR), Franklin Township Fire District No. 1 (NJ), Indianapolis Fire Department (IN) and Aiken Department of Public Safety (SC).
In an effort to make neighborhoods safer, local fire departments can now share real-time, hyper-local safety updates with Neighbors users, including:
- Emergency preparedness tips such as what to do in the event of a wildfire or hurricane.
- Updates on critical incidents impacting the community.
- Safety tips like how to prevent residential fires.
- Community events such as blood drives and sandbag pickup locations.
- Missing person announcements.
Fire Chief Gary Ludwig, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board spoke about Neighbors and how it can help keep communities safe: “The IAFC is committed to advancing the fire service through the use of technology to support our mission of protecting our communities. During this time of unique challenges, the IAFC is proud to partner with Ring. The Neighbors App offers local fire departments another important tool to connect with the communities they serve.”
We’ve seen the impact Neighbors can have when communities share what’s happening around them in real-time. In 2018, the Woolsey Fire devastated more than 90,000 acres across Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California. Many residents turned to Neighbors to keep each other informed with real-time updates and to support one another. And local law enforcement agencies have seen success with Neighbors as well, for example: helping catch a car thief and catching a trespasser.
Ring’s mission to make neighborhoods safer and achieving that goal works best when communities work together. Integral to a community’s safety are the local fire departments as their work expands far beyond responding to fires. To see all of the fire departments using Neighbors, visit Ring’s Active Agency Map.
If you are interested in learning more about Neighbors and how your department can join, please visit:
This service is currently only available in the United States.