When you call an emergency number, firefighters are one of the crucial first-responders on the scene entrusted to save and protect the lives of those in their care.
Because many of them work 10 24-hour shifts a month, they typically have 20 days off each month, time in which they could help others and earn some extra income.
If only there was a way to connect those who have jobs they need done with firefighters.
As is so often the case, there’s an app for that.
Hidrent began offering its mobile app in the Sarasota area Sept. 1. Available free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, it so far has attracted only 35 firefighters in an area that includes Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, company founder Dave Heimbuch said.
Among its 14 reviews in the App Store are a couple that indicated they received little or no response from firefighters.
The company, which is based in Prosper, Texas, started up in May 2017 and first offered its app in Texas and Colorado in January, said Heimbuch, who described himself as a former director at the company that produced the popular music-identifying app Shazam.
Firefighters use the pro version of the app to sign up and respond to job offers that potential customers post in the app. Payments, as is the case with Uber and other app-based companies, are handled through the app.
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