Global Emergency Resources LLC – 57th Presidential Inauguration.

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Personal, Software

Over the last couple of weeks I was very privileged to have some of the software that I have worked on being used for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. It is probably my biggest career moment ever – so far !

My employer Global Emergency Resources LLC landed a contract to supply the first aid locations and command centers with their product – HC Standard.

Ex·cerpt from Global Emergency Resource’s website:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2013 Presidential Inauguration brought landmark changes in emergency management and spectator safety. For the first time, inaugural personnel used a powerful situational awareness software suite to track medical emergencies; reunite lost family members; and provide real time information to event organizers. Emergency personnel from The District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and the United States military integrated emergency data using HC Standard® – a patient tracking and critical asset software solution developed by Global Emergency Resources, LLC based in Augusta, Georgia.

HC Standard® allowed local, state and federal agencies, including the National Parks Service, US Secret Service, the Red Cross, and Homeland Security officials to have a common operating picture of major events during the Inauguration, including the Presidential Candlelight Reception; the Inaugural Parade; activities along the National Mall; the Commander in Chief Ball; the Inaugural Ball; and the Inaugural Prayer Service.

The DC Department of Health partnered with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems (MIEMSS), the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS), and the Maryland Department of Human Resources (MD DHS) to provide patient care and tracking throughout the event. Each partner used its own installation of HC Standard® to enter patient data with Motorola MC65 handheld devices. The data was aggregated and shared in all systems so that EMTs, first responders, and command center leaders could see the full picture of Inaugural events as they occurred.

During the Inauguration, HC Standard® tracked every emergency or first aid case and plotted it in each of the three emergency operations centers used for the event tracking and management. Additionally, family members who were lost, and those who were looking for them, had their information uploaded to a multijurisdictional database so they could be more easily reunited. Even the 100+ horses that carried the mounted police were part of the HC Standard® operating picture.

“Interoperability was key,” says Stan Kuzia, CEO and founder of Global Emergency Resources. “The EMS and Healthcare partners in the National Capital Region (NCR) have worked diligently over the years to eliminate information silos and enhance communication. This Presidential Inauguration demonstrated their hard work is paying off”. The various civilian agencies in the NCR also worked closely with their military counterparts to share a combined picture of patients and missing persons being treated and handled during the entire event. HC Standard® helped to bridge the interoperability gaps on Inauguration Day as near real-time data was available to military responders just as fast as their civilian counterparts.

Original document can be found here:

The French Market Grille, Surrey Center, Augusta, GA.

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Personal

So my outlaws invited me and the wife to go down to The French Market Grille last week. My initial impression was good, it was busy, fairly noisy which I like in a restaurant.

Service was a bit slow initially with it taking a long time for the drinks to come out.

The food was excellent. I ordered the seafood gumbo (delicious), followed by the crab chop (again excellent) and finished off with some sort of cream pie (out of this world).

One thing that was odd was the waitress asked if we wanted the dessert menus when we basically had just started eating our main course !!

CONCLUSION: The food was excellent and I would definitely go back.

There is a twist though, the next day checked the bank account and for some reason they had put another check through for 72 bucks on my card. The extra amount was nothing to do with us. Rang them up and they weren’t really that apologetic but did take it off.

36th Annual Palmetto Amateur Golf Tournament TV Commercial.

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Personal

One of my experiences here in the USA has been to be a voice over for a set of TV commercials. My friend from church Tom Kotti asked me if I was willing to use my English accent and be the voice over for a TV commercial he was making. I was game, so I said “yes sure”. The TV commercials were for the 36th annual Palmetto golf tournament at the Palmetto Golf Club which has been established in Aiken since 1892. Here is one of the commercials.

I enjoyed the experience immensely and if any one wants to use my voice again please contact me via this blog.

Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Washington Road, Augusta, GA

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One of my work colleagues put me onto this place, Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Washington Road, Augusta, GA. It serves what I thought was excellent Mexican food and I liked the place very much. So much my wife and I made it a regular visit every week, as we loved the Patron chicken salad which is on special for lunch on Tuesdays.  We have been going there every week for about a year when this week (Tuesday 24th January, 2012) we ordered two Patron salads and the meals arrived. I tucked into mine and commented that it tasted slightly different. My wife told me that it was me, it was fine as always. Then about ten minutes into the meal my wife spat out some chicken stating it was rotten. On closer inspection it smelt like the worst trash can you had smelt. The chicken was clearly rotten. I was nearly sick when I smelt it.

We got the waiters attention and he got the manager. The manager looked at us like we were mental and didn’t really say anything about it. We paid for our drinks and left. It was one of the most disgusting things that I have experienced in my life, it has really put me off going back there.

End Of An Era

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Personal

Back in May of 1994 I opened my company Farrow Computing Limited when I was a mere boy.  I never thought I would be as successful as I was with it.  But finally because of my emigration to the USA, it was closed at the end of March 2010, sixteen years of running my own business.

Looking back there were plenty of times of “what if I cant get work..”  “What if I mess something up”, but looking back it really did go well.  Enjoyed most of it.

Truly the end of an era.

A New Year And A New Country

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Personal
Well its been a year since I posted last. My last post indicated that I was emigrating to the USA. Well a lot has happened in that year. I have moved lock stock and barrel to South Carolina, USA.  I have to thank a lot of people and give them shouts for how they helped me out. 

  • I packed up my house with the lots of help from my mum and dad, big thanks goes to them.
  • I moved my stuff  using Robinsons International they were excellent the only gripe I had if any was that one of the guys had labeled one item on the inventory as in bad condition but he hadn’t told me about it.
  • For renting purposes I had an energy survey from Glen Waldren of Waldren Home Inspection Services who was absolutely fantastic and excellent value.  Totally recommend him.
  • My good friend Richard who did all the appliance checking, excellent job.  He can be found here at
  • I would like to mention another good friend of mine Jimmy Osbourne (AKA Jim the Plumber) who got my waste disposal going.
  • Would also like to thank Buff for putting up with my moods when at times things didn’t go too well.

After the 3 hours of visa processing through Atlanta airport I was met by a great welcome reception.  Thanks go to the Barlows for being there with Buff at the airport.  Just look at what I was met by.

DSCF2459 by paulfarrow
DSCF2459 a photo by paulfarrow on Flickr.


Updated My Blog To Use An Ebay Plugin

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Personal

ok I updated my wordpress blog to use a plugin from, so that I can list my ebay items on my blog. I will be selling a lot of stuff soon due to my impending emigration to the USA yahooooooo !!!!

There was a small FEATURE in the plugin that didnt allow it to work when php is hosted on IIS but have worked with the author and have now solved that which is great. Actually great support from them and it works a treat.

So I now have ebay items on the sidebar and you can post directly into the text like this… Check out the tattoo flash from my impending brother in law !!! yahoooo. OK OK I am getting a bit wild for a Monday morning I know any way check this out.

Not sure on the ebay header bit but I guess thats ebay doing that so probably nothing we can do about it.

England draw USA at 2010 World Cup

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Yay England has drawn the USA for their first match in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The date for the match is 12 June 2010 and I think it will be a great day in terms of me and the relatives watching the game. Although most of them don’t even know what soccer is !!! They can be ‘edumacated’ – hopefully.

Will be great if we can get to the beach to watch it, would just be like being in South Africa. Barbecuing, beer and great weather – oh cant wait, might even buy an England shirt which is something from a person that is not crazy on soccer, unlike the rest of the nation.

Come on England…..

Neal’s BBQ, Thomson, GA

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Neal’s BBQ, Thomson, GA

Originally uploaded by paulfarrow

Popped out to the states last weekend for Paula and Ben Herz’s wedding and what a lovely event it was. They looked so happy. While I was out there though visited Neal’s BBQ in Thomson, Georgia. Now the reason that we took ourselves out there was because it had recently been featured on Jamies American Road Trip. It was the recent series from Jamie Oliver and he visited Neal’s on the show.

It was the best BBQ that I had ever tasted. And Olivia our little girl went straight in and started talking to a couple of guys at a table which one of them turned out to be the owner. They were so hospitable and the prices are so reasonable – all children 8 and under eat for free and the main prices are about 7 dollars per plate.

I had to try a bit of everything, so had the chicken, pork, ribs, beans, green beans, potato salad and a glass of tea. Oh and the lovely hash which was one of the things that Jamie helped make while he was there.

It was delicious and will definitely go back. Completely recommend it and think the locals love it too as it was really really busy.

Thanks guys for your hospitality it was great talking to y’all. Cant wait to come back and try your fish.

Sticky Fingers in Augusta, GA

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While away this summer on Edisto Beach had a few days in Augusta, Georgia and decided to go to “Sticky Fingers” rib restaurant in Augusta. Now Sticky Fingers is a rib specialty restaurant, so was looking forward to it very much. We went right at dinner time and had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated so was still looking very promising to be an excellent restaurant. We got in there and I perused the menu and decided upon half a rack of ribs marinaded in the sweet BBQ sauce.

The ribs eventually arrived which took some time after ordering but hey they were busy so I allowed them this. The food was dumped and we weren’t even given cutlery or napkins to start with. After asking these were provided for, how could they forget cutlery !!!

The ribs didnt look marinaded in anything except some generic BBQ sauce which looked like it had been on for days. The ribs were tough and not really that pleasant at all. They didnt taste of the marinade that I had chosen. Was very disappointed indeed. At the end of the meal I couldnt find any wipes to clean my hands which you would expect to be available being a rib restaurant.

On getting back to England was so disappointed with the restaurant decided I was going to let the owners of the chain know of my disappointment with the Augusta branch. So fired up the Sticky Fingers website and filled in a page detailing my experience, pressed the button. Then got emails back from their site saying that it couldn’t find the host from its mail server – agghghghghgh.

This is obviously a restaurant chain in decline, wouldn’t recommend it at all. Although I guess a lot of people are happy with second rate ribs as it did have its busy periods.