John Tuiasosopo: First Responder and Creator of the 911 Warrior App

I was born and raised in San Francisco, California, I attended Lowell High School and graduated from San Francisco State University. In 1991, I joined the San Francisco Fire Department and found my passion. Nothing gives me more joy than to be part of a highly trained team working together to help someone in their darkest hour. From this passion, I took my 20+ years of experience to the City College of San Francisco where since 2008, I’ve been teaching Fire Science to aspiring firefighters. This love of helping and teaching others stems from the influence of my mother, a staunch community activist and father who was a teacher and entrepreneur. I enjoy playing and coaching any kind of sport and have coached track and field, table tennis, and peewee level and high school football. I am also a part owner of PongPlanet, a full-time table tennis facility in San Carlos, CA.  In my free time, I try to play as much table tennis as I can.

Although I’m happy with my current career in firefighting and enjoy dabbling in new business ventures, I’ve always felt that I could do more. I wanted to build something that is positive and socially-conscious, in order to create a ripple effect of even more good in the world. The 911 Warrior concept gets its inspiration from the heroic work of first responders and all those people on the front lines doing good in the world. The 911 Warrior App is a collaborating and connecting tool to keep first responders ready to do their jobs and help them when the job affects them negatively.

It’s been a long and arduous road to get to this point but it was well worth it. To see my vision come to life has been amazing. The 911 Warrior App with all its great features and technology is, in a word, fantastic. However, this will mean absolutely nothing unless it does what I hope it can: make people’s lives better. I want to create a safety net for all and a culture where we are always ready to help one another.

I would like to give a big thank you to my wife Shel, son Tyler and daughter Jayna for believing in me and helping bring my vision to life. Thanks to rest of my family, friends, coworkers and developers for all your work and support.