About us

Deccan International’s mission is to provide optimal solutions for both strategic and real-time deployment planning, focused on improving security and responsiveness in public safety operations. Through constant innovation, domain expertise, and strength in operations research, Deccan provides comprehensive solutions with its unique project management approach and unparalleled client service.

Deccan International was founded in 1995 by Latha and Raj Nagaraj. It began when Raj was working for the government of the District of Columbia, where he was tasked with improving the metropolitan police department’s handling of 9-1-1 calls. Raj proposed substituting consulting reports with an unprecedented map-based station and apparatus analysis tool. District Fire Chief Otis Latin began testing Raj’s proposal to explore alternate scenarios for his own department. Impressed with the results, Chief Latin invited Raj to present at the Metro Fire Chief’s Conference where the tool was successfully embraced. Fire chiefs nationwide asked if such a tool could be built for their own agencies. With the encouragement of first responders in both Fire & EMS, Raj and Latha soon launched Deccan International. Deccan not only offered modeling software analysus tools for Fire & EMS departments, but also performed consulting and project management, through which first-class client support quickly became the company’s trademark.

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LATHA & RAJ NAGARAJ, PH.D.

Latha & Raj Nagaraj, Ph.D. founded Deccan International in 1995. Together, they have dedicated more than 20 years to supporting Fire & EMS departments with Deccan’s customized software solutions and unrivaled customer service. Today, through client departments, Deccan decision-support applications collectively serve over 70 million people in the United States and more than 1 in 3 in Canada. As President & CEO, Latha sets the bar for going above and beyond the expectations of Deccan clients by building trusted relationships with Fire & EMS leaders and delivering personalized service to their departments. As Chief Technology Officer, Raj drives the constant innovation behind Deccan’s industry-leading technology with his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and 30+ years of experience in development and modeling for Fire & EMS operations. Together, Latha and Raj lead the talented team of “Deccanites” – including passionate Project Managers, innovative Operations Research Developers, and skilled Data Analysts – in Deccan's commitment to helping Fire & EMS departments better serve their communities.

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TRACY GONZALES

Tracy joined Deccan in 2008 as a Project Manager and went on to manage the Operations team before joining the Sales department. As Director of Sales, she oversees Sales and Business Development at Deccan. With a passion for serving those in the public safety industry, Tracy and her team help current and prospective client departments identify and procure the Deccan software solutions that can assist them in improving operations and performance.

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JON ELSON, J.D.

Jon joined Deccan as Vice President of Operations in 2014. Providing thoughtful leadership and guidance in all areas of the company, Jon oversees day-to-day operations and leads the Deccan team in delivering the very best service and support to Fire & EMS departments.

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JAMIE SWARTZ

Jamie joined the Deccan team in 2011. As Director of Special Projects, she manages Deccan support of major metropolitan departments and oversees special projects and client requests. With her experience and knowledge, Jamie also manages tactical operations at Deccan, which includes leading the team of analysts and engineers behind LiveMUM, BARB and DiVa, and driving research and development.

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MONICA PEETERS

Monica has been with Deccan since 2010. As Director of Strategic Operations, Monica manages Deccan support of Fire & EMS departments all over the U.S. and Canada, leads the team of Deccan Project Managers, and manages the team of analysts behind ADAM.

Deccan’s domain expertise and operational strength result in first-class software applications which combine analytical rigor with industry-tested experience