From EMS Insider, via Public Safety Communications: A new iPhone application provides a “virtual window” into one California agency’s dispatch and emergency-response activities.

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District’s FireDepartment.org free application lets users to listen in live to the actions of dispatchers, firefighters and paramedics. They can view active incidents, including the real-time response status of dispatched units, and see incident locations on an interactive map. Users can also choose to be notified of incidents by category as they are dispatched and access photos of large-scale incidents.

The agency uses the application to communicate with more than 700 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, as well as to share information with the community at large during disasters.