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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

Polaris Growth Fund Makes Strategic Investment in Emergency Reporting

Emergency Reporting

Emergency Reporting (ER), the global leader in cloud-based reporting and records management software for Fire and EMS agencies, has received a significant growth investment from the Polaris Growth Fund. Polaris Growth Fund is an affiliate fund of Polaris Partners, a Boston-based private investment firm with two decades of technology investing experience.

Founded by Dave Adams and Adrian Mintz in 2003, Emergency Reporting was envisaged to streamline incident reporting for fire and emergency medical services. The product suite has since grown to include a complete records management solution. Emergency Reporting’s software, in concert with a robust partner ecosystem, helps customers automate and achieve compliance with state and federal reporting standards, as well as drive workflow efficiencies with a range of mission critical, fire-specific operating modules.

“From inception Emergency Reporting has been relentlessly committed to providing first responders with a modern, best-in-class platform emphasizing ease of use and integrated workflows. As the technology needs of our customers continue to expand, this investment from Polaris provides us capital and resources to execute on the numerous opportunities we see for innovation to improve the lives of those on the front lines protecting people and property,” stated David Nokes, Chief Executive Office of Emergency Reporting. “This is an exciting announcement for our employees, customers, and partners.”

Founders Dave Adams and Adrian Mintz will continue to play a role in the growth of ER as Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Product Officer, respectively. Emergency Reporting’s headquarters will remain in Bellingham, Washington.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the exceptional team at Emergency Reporting. Through a differentiated combination of product depth, interoperability and service, they have built a formidable market position fortified by a loyal, engaged customer base and a vibrant, growing ecosystem of partners. We look forward to working with the team and supporting their vision for the next chapter of growth,” said Dan Lombard, a Partner at Polaris who will join the Board of Directors. “This investment builds on our longstanding interest in government software and exemplifies the kind of passionate team with whom we seek to partner. We believe ER is just scratching the surface of its potential for category leadership and impact,” said Sabrina Chiasson, a Vice President at Polaris who will also join the Board of Directors.

Cascadia Capital served as the exclusive financial advisor to Emergency Reporting.

About Emergency Reporting

Emergency Reporting (ER) offers a cloud-based records management software (RMS) solution to Fire/EMS agencies worldwide. Founded in 2003, ER empowers first responders with secure, easy-to-use station management tools that offer one-report filing of NFIRS and NEMSIS data. ER’s SaaS solution allows Fire/EMS departments to run their entire operations efficiently, enhancing both firefighter and citizen safety. ER is proud to support more than 460,000 first responders and agency personnel at more than 6,400 agencies. Current customers include DoD/military installations, as well as large entities with self-contained Fire/EMS services such as NASA, nuclear power plants, hospitals, and oil refineries. For more information, visit

About Polaris Partners

Polaris Partners has a 20-plus year history of partnering with repeat entrepreneurs

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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

Hyperice, Inc. Launches Technology-Based Performance Optimization Program for Firefighters

Hyperice Inc., a leading performance technology company known for its recovery and mobility devices, recently announces the first performance optimization program specifically developed for firefighters and first responders. To further develop this initiative, the company has partnered with RULK, a leading training and conditioning specialist, well known for his raw functional training developed for first responders, firefighters, special ops teams and SWAT. Hyperice’s program for firefighters is designed to incorporate their world class vibration technology, education and methodology. Their recovery and mobility devices will be utilized as a way to relax and loosen muscles, increase circulation and enhance range of motion and flexibility.

In an effort to create the most optimal working environment for firefighters and first responders, and to enhance performance and career longevity, the program will also include:

  • Firefighter specific performance optimization content, educational workshops, tutorials and protocols.
  • A firefighter and first-responder curriculum designed to enhance career longevity and optimize performance. 
  • The launch of firefighter Wellness Pods, a “wellness room” concept providing easy accessibility to leading tools, established for warm up, rehabilitation and recovery.

“These incredible heroes have so much on the line while they are out there protecting and saving lives on a daily basis,” said RULK. “They need to prepare and recover at the highest level so they can consistently perform at their very best. The synergy of my functional training methodology and Hyperice’s technology will enhance performance, expedite recovery and improve health for all of our first responders.”

It is well-known that the rigorous demands of firefighters and first responders take a toll on the body physically, resulting in muscle soreness and strains. These physical demands have led to injuries and ailments, often leaving them unable to perform at the highest levels both mentally and physically.

“As a performance technology company, we believe we can offer our devices and methodology to help enhance the health and wellness, and ultimately the livelihood, of these brave individuals," said Jim Huether, CEO of Hyperice. “We are excited to implement this first-of-its-kind performance optimization program in partnership with RULK as a way to educate firefighters and first responders on how they can properly take care of their physical health.”

Hyperice will be demonstrating these protocols in Indianapolis at the Fire Department Instructors Conference through April 13th.

Learn more about Hyperice’s performance technology at


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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

Spanaway woman lit house on fire while roommates slept after ‘spirits’ told her to, deputies say

A Spanaway woman who’d been drinking rubbing alcohol allegedly lit her house on fire early Tuesday with five other people sleeping inside. The 51-year-old was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation. Firefighters were called about 1:25 a.m. to a two-story house in the 20100 block of 75th Avenue Court East and found the home engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 6:56:15 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

New Snohomish County Fire District 7 fire station opens

Fire District 7’s new Fire Station No. 33, at 19424 Fales Road, officially opened earlier this month. The new fire station is located near the intersection of Fales Road and state Route 522. The 11,000 square foot fire station will provide improved response times and accessibility to the Echo Lake and Lost Lake communities while continuing to meet the district response standards for the Maltby and Paradise Lake Road communities.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 2:30:32 AM - SOURCE: Snohomish County News
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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

North Whidbey Fire board hears grievances from district firefighters

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighters, staff and members of the public aired grievances and reiterated complaints to the three-person board of commissioners at a special meeting Monday evening. The packed meeting at the Heller Road fire station lasted over two hours and consisted of a stream of commenters addressing the commissioners in turn, with the most common criticisms being a lack of transparency, poor communication and inadequate funding.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 1:43:18 AM - SOURCE: Whidbey News-Times - Metered Site
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