Six questions you should ask before deploying incident management software in your department

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Sep 12, 2016 2:48:28 PM

If you’ve been thinking of deploying incident management software in your department, here are six key questions you need to consider before making the leap:

1. Is it mobile? 

Having the ability to track an incident from the very first seconds of dispatch from ALL of your devices is key to faster response times and higher situational awareness not just for the IC but for everyone in the department.

2. Does it automate my existing processes?

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Topics: Blog, Esri Fire, fireground accountability, ICS, incident command, incident management software, iPad, iPad Pro, Tablet Command

Simplicity Saves Lives: The Mass Casualty Incident

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Aug 4, 2016 6:54:49 PM

Some incidents are just worse than others.

When a high-speed train leaves the rails or a tornado rips the roof off the school gym, first responders face the confusion of a complicated incident scene. How many dead? Who is alive? Which of the living needs our help first?

Incidents like these require a different sort of response.

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Topics: Blog, ICS, mass casualty, MCI, simplicity

Impending Doom

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Jul 18, 2016 2:12:20 PM

 

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Topics: beetle kill, Blog, climate change, forest fire, ICS, standing dead, wildland, mega fire

More Than a Thousand Words

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Jul 14, 2016 1:39:47 PM

Sometimes a picture is worth much more than a thousand words. Especially when those words are taking up valuable radio bandwidth.

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Topics: Accountability, AVL, Blog, ICS, map, maps, situational awareness

Rapid Accountability

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Jun 20, 2016 5:46:38 PM

It continues to be VERY busy at work these days. I responded to 7 legitimate working fires for the month of May. And three of those have been two alarm fires. It’s been a really crazy run!

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Topics: Accountability, analytics, Apple, best practices, Blog, Blue Card, consistency, Fire Command, firefighter, IC, ICS, incident command, iPad, Rapid Accountability, Rapid Intervention Crew, RIC, Tablet Command, training, vision, Fire ground accountability, Firefighter Assist and Search Team

Entrepreneurship, Myth #1

Posted by Skye Thompson on May 14, 2016 2:51:04 PM

Here’s a funny fact about entrepreneurs: The most common reason people start businesses is to avoid working for others. 

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Topics: Accountability, analytics, Apple, Blog, bold, entrepreneur, Fire Command, firefighter, IC, incident command, innovation, iPad, iPad Pro, startup, TabletCommand, vision

Reflections from FDIC 2016

Posted by TC Admin on Apr 30, 2016 2:28:52 PM

It’s easy to be provincial when you live on the West Coast. All of our sun, the mountains, the ocean… Indianapolis may not be a likely destination for the typical world traveler. In fact, Indy is one of the hippest cities we visit: great food, INSANE jazz, fun clubs and great drinks. Indy pride spills over as hipster kids and upwardly mobile millenials command the city, or at least the Mass Ave portion of the city. The best part? Wait for it…

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Topics: 555 Fitness, Apple, Blog, Blue Card, Esri, FDIC, FDIC2016, FDIC2017, Fire, Fire Command, Fire Show, firefighter, Firefighter suicide prevention, Firescope, IC, incident command, Indianapolis, Indy, Intterra, iPad, RTG, tablet, TriTech, Indy Fire, Indy FD

Opening Day

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Apr 11, 2016 2:28:03 PM

For sports fans, myself included, Spring is a wonderful time of year. Of course there’s March Madness and tons of college sports championships, and the NHL, and NBA playoff picture is shaping up.

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Topics: analytics, baseball, Blog, ICS, moneyball, Tablet Command, tradition, training, mobile incident software, iPad, fireground accountability

Bold Vision to Reality

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Feb 27, 2016 6:08:43 PM

I grew up as a child of the 70s.  No, I was not wearing bell bottoms or syncing my dance moves to John Travolta (I did that when disco got cool again in the 90s).  By the time I had been born in 1971, humans had stepped onto another celestial body a few times over.  We had NASA fever in our household and Walter Cronkite narrated the saga; his voice hanging in the ether on hot summer nights.  As a kid, I gazed at the stars and the moon with a keen sense of wonder.  Madly leafing through NASA picture books, I dreamed of the future.

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Topics: Blog, bold, customer-facing, entrepreneur, incident command, innovation, iPad, Tablet Command, vision

From Fatness to Fitness: The Modern Firefighter

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Feb 24, 2016 3:08:31 PM

When I first entered the fire service in 1998, it was all about eating huge. After all, you never knew when you were going to eat again…. at least that was our station’s philosophy in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Topics: Blog, calories, cardiac, firefighter, fitness, Tablet Command

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