Bathurst launches app to help first responders reach people in remote areas

Bathurst CRRA app

The City of Bathurst has launched a desktop and mobile app to help first responders reach people in need who are in remote areas in northern New Brunswick.

The Cellular Reception in Remote Areas app (C.R.R.A.) can map locations where a person can go to access 9-1-1 services and then generate directions for first responders to use to reach the remote area faster.

The app was developed by Michael St-Pierre, Geographical Information Systems Technician for the city, along with Marie-France Arpin, a graduating Student Intern from the CCNB Bathurst Campus' Environment Program.

Bathurst Police Chief Ernie Boudreau says, "When just a 5-minute delay can have serious consequences on those we seek to assist, this tool can be the difference maker in the well-being of an individual"

The app, which has launched as a pilot project for the next year, is available at www.bathurst.ca/crra.