First Due Acquires Data Chief

New York, New York

First Due, known to fire and emergency response agencies across the US for developing premier next-generation pre-incident planning, mobile response and community risk reduction software for first responders, announced today the acquisition of Data Chief and the appointment of Founder Michael Heifetz to the First Due senior team as Director of Client Success.

Founded in 2015 by Bedford Hills, New York Firefighter Michael Heifetz, Data Chief has been working with Fire, Police and EMS agencies to collect the critical information first responders need to know, before the emergency occurs. Combining public records with detailed information from residents, Data Chief has been helping emergency service agencies build detailed preplans on every address.

Data Chief’s mission of aggregating data for Fire Agencies around the New York Metropolitan area, aligns well with that of First Due: Ensure that First Responders and Emergency Response agencies have instant access to critical structural and occupancy data in an actionable format that can help save lives and property during an incident.

“Under Michael’s leadership, Data Chief’s goals and experience matched our vision to a point where collaboration became the strongest option for both of our teams,” says First Due Co-Founder and CEO, Andreas Huber. “It makes perfect sense for all Fire Agencies relying on First Due for critical information on the buildings and people they respond to every day”.

“Data Chief is thrilled to continue our shared mission with First Due. We know from experience that well-informed first responders can make better decisions, faster. When seconds matter, we want to make sure Firefighters, Police Officers and Medics have all the information they need."

In addition to ensuring First Due‘s Community Connect continues to drive Community Risk Reduction, Data Chief Founder & CEO Michael Heifetz will build out a new Client Success practice for First Due customers – meshing his experience with both Firefighting and Technology to ensure First Responders have the training and resources they need to gain the most from First Due’s software.

“Data Chief is thrilled to continue our shared mission with First Due. We know from experience that well-informed first responders can make better decisions, faster. When seconds matter, we want to make sure Firefighters, Police Officers and Medics have all the information they need. First Due is the only platform in the nation that’s providing first responders with a comprehensive profile on every single address. Working with cities from Alaska to Florida, we’re changing the way emergency services respond in the United States,” says Michael Heifetz, Data Chief Founder and First Due Head of Client Success.

Fire Agencies working with Data Chief will have the option to transition to First Due and will be able to retain the information they have attained through Data Chief in perpetuity.

“Agencies already benefiting from Data Chief know the value of connected data and resident-focused community risk reduction programs during response when seconds count.” First Due Co-Founder and COO Rami El-Choufani says of the opportunity to work with Data Chief customers, “We are all excited to take the trust these agencies have in data driven response and show them just how powerful it can be as we continue to grow the platform and serve our customers”.

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