Andrew Pollack's Blog

Technology, Family, Entertainment, Politics, and Random Noise

Second Signal - Today's press release starts up the big push

By Andrew Pollack on 10/18/2007 at 01:16 PM EDT
This press release went out today. It marks an end to the tinkering and the first real push to get this thing out in as many places as I can. I don't usually do "sales stuff" on this blog, but it seems pointless not to put up my own press releases.

Second Signal Helps Small Town Firefighters Save Lives and Property

Using cutting edge technology, Second Signal is helping fire departments across the country better respond to daytime emergencies.

Thursday October 18, 8:43 am ET

CUMBERLAND, Maine, Oct. 18 2007 -- Finding enough manpower during the day is getting more difficult each year for thousands of fire departments across the country. As communities change, call-responders working further away are less able to drop everything and come to the aid of their community. "What once were working towns are becoming bedroom communities. The brave men and women who volunteer just don't work as near by any more," says Andrew Pollack, founder of Second Signal. Pollack, a Lieutenant in his town of Cumberland, Maine, developed the technology to help bring some of those more distant firefighters back when they're really needed.

"The solution is getting more information to people so they can make that decision to leave work knowing they're not wasting their time," Pollack explains. "When you work 20 miles away you can't just leave work for every false alarm or burnt pot roast. When you call in and hear the first guys on scene saying they've got a working structure fire, you know they need you -- even if you're not the first on scene."

Second Signal automatically notifies members that something is up by sending a text message to their cell phones or pagers. When a member sees that message, they just call a local telephone number and can hear all of the radio traffic from when the call was dispatched, right up to the current moment. The recording skips over the time when the radio is quiet, so a member quickly catches up when they call in.

The system has been in use in Cumberland, Maine for over two years now, and has recently begun expanding to other departments across the country. "I wouldn't dare not have this available to the crews now...," said Cumberland's Chief Daniel Small in a recent interview.

More than 90 percent of U.S. fire departments rely on call-responders for some or all of their firefighters and nearly all are struggling with this manpower problem. Second Signal was designed to be practical and affordable for these departments.

Second Signal is now available with local telephone access throughout most of the United States. For more information, visit their web site at

Contact: Andrew Pollack
President, Second Signal
3 Candlewick Lane
Cumberland, Maine 04021
Phone: +1-207-221-2547


There are  - loading -  comments....

re: Second Signal - Today's press release starts up the big pushBy John Vaughan on 10/18/2007 at 03:33 PM EDT
Congratulations Andrew, that is awesome!!

Other Recent Stories...

  1. 01/26/2023Better Running VirtualBox or VMWARE Virtual Machines on Windows 10+ Forgive me, Reader, for I have sinned. I has been nearly 3 years since my last blog entry. The truth is, I haven't had much to say that was worthy of more than a basic social media post -- until today. For my current work, I was assigned a new laptop. It's a real powerhouse machine with 14 processor cores and 64 gigs of ram. It should be perfect for running my development environment in a virtual machine, but it wasn't. VirtualBox was barely starting, and no matter how many features I turned off, it could ...... 
  2. 04/04/2020How many Ventilators for the price of those tanks the Pentagon didn't even want?This goes WAY beyond Trump or Obama. This is decades of poor planning and poor use of funds. Certainly it should have been addressed in the Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan administrations -- all of which were well aware of the implications of a pandemic. I want a military prepared to help us, not just hurt other people. As an American I expect that with the ridiculous funding of our military might, we are prepared for damn near everything. Not just killing people and breaking things, but ...... 
  3. 01/28/2020Copyright Troll WarningThere's a copyright troll firm that has automated reverse-image searches and goes around looking for any posted images that they can make a quick copyright claim on. This is not quite a scam because it's technically legal, but it's run very much like a scam. This company works with a few "clients" that have vast repositories of copyrighted images. The trolls do a reverse web search on those images looking for hits. When they find one on a site that looks like someone they can scare, they work it like ...... 
  4. 03/26/2019Undestanding how OAUTH scopes will bring the concept of APPS to your Domino server 
  5. 02/05/2019Toro Yard Equipment - Not really a premium brand as far as I am concerned 
  6. 10/08/2018Will you be at the NYC Launch Event for HCL Domino v10 -- Find me! 
  7. 09/04/2018With two big projects on hold, I suddenly find myself very available for new short and long term projects.  
  8. 07/13/2018Who is HCL and why is it a good thing that they are now the ones behind Notes and Domino? 
  9. 03/21/2018Domino Apps on IOS is a Game Changer. Quit holding back. 
  10. 02/15/2018Andrew’s Proposed Gun Laws 
Click here for more articles.....

pen icon Comment Entry
Your Name
*Your Email
* Your email address is required, but not displayed.
Your thoughts....
Remember Me  

Please wait while your document is saved.