Family Celebrates Century Of Volunteer Firefighting


“When the pagers go off, it’s like stereophonic sound.” That’s what Mom says about her family of three boys and their Dad — all volunteer firefighters. Volunteer firefighting is a tradition in this Mayer, Minnesota family. Combined, the family has served over 100 years putting out fires, protecting property, and saving lives. Rod Maetzold (Dad), is Mayer’s fire chief. The three sons — Jon, Andy, and Adam have been volunteering since they turned 18. Together, at one point, the family made up almost a third of the entire small town fire department. They sometimes joked around and called the firehouse the Maetzold Fire Department. It’s been a rewarding experience for the family, but also one that has not been easy. One evening, Andy Maetzold was dispatched to the scene of an accident. Inside the single car rollover he saw a friend. It was one of the toughest accident scenes Andy […] Read more »

What Does IT Downtime Cost Your Business?

Reduce Server Downtime with OnPage IT Alert Management Software

Can You Guess the Average Cost of IT Downtime? $50,00 per incident $100,000 per incident $250,000 per incident $500,000 per incident MORE THAN $500,000 per incident Here’s How to Increase Responsiveness and Decrease IT Downtime for Healht Care and for IT. The answer is #5 – the average outage incident in a health care environment costs $690,000, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute & Emerson Network Power. Large enterprise groups, according to the study, may incur costs exceeding $1.74 million per incident. The Cost of the Outage Alone is Only Part of the Picture: Today, the healthcare industry is dependent on data for clinical metrics, patient care, billing, reporting, and more. Server downtime is not only costly, but can be detrimental to daily operations. Fines associated with each incident can increase the cost substantially, depending on a number of factors such as the length of data downtime and the […] Read more »

COTS Relies on OnPage Priority Messaging Alerts System When Disaster Strikes


COTS – the Central Ohio Trauma System relied on the OnPage Priority Messaging Alerts System to a help disseminate accurate and timely situational awareness during the sub-zero temperatures of last winter’s Polar Vortex. And, it relies on OnPage today to help save lives whenever disaster strikes.  The Polar Vortex Threatens a Hospital Network In the winter of 2014, the Polar Vortex covered much of the United States and temperatures in Ohio plummeted to record lows. The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) received numerous requests from central Ohio healthcare agencies for immediate and accurate communications about an evolving medical emergency. A water main break occurred in one of our major cities, affecting one of our hospital systems causing the shut down of  the entire water supply to the hospital,” recalled Kelsey Blackburn, Critical Incident Response Planner for COTS. “At that point, the main issue was not that they didn’t have power – because they […] Read more »


  Sometimes we get things right the first time. In 1949, Al Gross patented the telephone pager. Here was a pocket-sized device that went everywhere, and could ensure people received urgent messages no matter where they were. It took 25 years to catch on—and boy, did it ever. The first commercially successful pager, the Motorola Pageboy, was marketed in 1974. The pager (which people took to calling a “beeper”) might well be the first truly mobile communication device to catch on, with over 61 million pagers in use by 1994. Then along came the cell phone and, later, the smartphone. Today, we have a zillion ways to send urgent messages, but only one way to ensure those messages are received and read. Think about it. We have email, texting, chat rooms, instant messaging, SMS, MMS, Skype, iChat … the list is long. Yet those messaging systems can’t be relied upon […] Read more »

Local Hospitals & Public Safety Feeling the Squeeze of FCC Narrow Banding Mandate

On January 1, 2013, all paging equipment (including pagers, transmitters etc) must move to a 12.5 KHz narrowband channel or to a technology that achieves equivalent efficiency.   Talk is Cheap The FCC has been talking about Narrow Banding for quite a while, since 1995 in fact, when the first narrow banding rules were adopted.  In 2004 the FCC announced the deadline of January 1, 2013 as the drop dead date for all Public Safety and Industrial/Business licensees to move their communications from the 25 kHz (wideband) radio frequency to the 12.5 kHz (narrowband) channel bandwidth or a technology that achieves equivalent efficiency. With the January 1, 2013 deadline fast approaching many organizations are in a tail spin over finding funds and/or new technology to comply with the Mandate, especially those who chose to delay system updates.  Public Safety, businesses, and hospitals are especially feeling the pressure. Many are scrambling […] Read more »

Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Onset Technology

  National disasters can strike with our without notice. Given recent events with the Virginia centered earthquake and hurricane Irene, no one is more keenly aware of this than residents, businesses and agencies residing and doing business along the US Eastern seaboard.  From the Capitol Region on up through New York and even points further north, the country experienced multiple emergency situations. We thank our Federal Agencies for their preparedness, poise and response. In grave situations such as these, it’s vital that Federal employees have a clear channel of communications with managers, coworkers and team members to navigate through the various challenges and emergencies that arise. One key way to achieve this is by tapping into their organization’s mobile deployment. Mobile connection ensures messaging continuity with uninterrupted communication and access to critical information (BC/COOP). Onset Technology is used by a considerable number of Federal Government Agencies. Those agencies depend on […] Read more »