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At PS Solutions, we believe in the power of technology to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Our latest project exemplifies this belief as we partnered with Blair Emergency Services Chaplain Platoon (BESCP) to develop a custom web app aimed at supporting first responders and their families. 

First responders face extreme challenges every day – from high-stress situations to dangerous environments. These pressures can take a toll not only on their well-being but also on the well-being of their families. Recognizing this, Mike Blackie, Chief Chaplain of BESCP approached us with a vision: to create a tool that would provide vital resources and support at their fingertips.  

Our team worked closely with the BESCP to understand their needs and requirements fully. We designed a user-friendly web app that can be accessed on any electronic device, made to address the needs of first responders and their families. From mental health resources and suicide prevention tools, to critical incident exposure, stress management and personal wellness tips, the app covers a wide range of topics essential for wellness. 

Chief Chaplain, Mike Blackie, emphasizes the importance of extending support to families as well, recognizing that their well-being is intricately linked to that of the first responders. He states, “It may be a simple article that they need to see to make things clearer or to deal with. Or why an I dealing with this, and how do I deal with it, and then we made that available as well to the families.” 

Given the sensitive nature of the information shared on the app, security was a top priority. To ensure the safety of users, we implemented a verification process. Only individuals working within emergency service fields are granted access, a measure overseen by the BESCP to protect user privacy. 

The emphasis on accessibility and confidentiality is what truly sets this project apart. Understanding that some first responders may be hesitant to seek help directly, the app allows them to access resources discreetly, permitting them to take charge of their wellness journey on their own terms.

Fire Chief, Adam Free, of the Altoona Fire Department says, “Sometimes guys don’t want to open up about the issues or problems that they’re having. This app will have the resources for them to do it on their own if they’re not comfortable coming to us and talking about an issue that they may have.” 

At PS Solutions, our favorite projects are the ones that make a difference in people’s lives. Working with the BESCP has been such a rewarding experience, reminding us of the real-world impact that technology can have. We’re proud to have played a part in creating a tool that supports the wellness of those who dedicate their lives to serving others. 

This project has inspired us to continue using our skills and expertise to create meaningful solutions. Together, we can build a future where technology serves not only to innovate but also to uplift and support. 

First responders can access the web app by visiting www.bescp.org. 

This project was generously funded by Reliance Bank. Thier support was a testament to their commitment of the well-being of the community.  


Savannah Gillie is the Marketing and Community Engagement Specialist of PS Solutions, a custom software development and consulting firm with offices in Altoona, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Wilmington, NC. You can reach Savannah at sgillie@pssolutions.net 

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