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

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

Baby Steps

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Jun 6, 2016 6:32:39 PM

Two things happened last week in my life as a Fire Captain that simply could not have happened a generation ago.

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Topics: Accountability, analytics, Apple, best practices, consistency, Esri, Fire, Fire Command, firefighter, IC, ICS, incident command, iPad, iPad Pro, Tablet Command, tradition, Uncategorized

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, Indy FD, Indy Fire, 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

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, mobile incident software, Blog, fireground accountability, ICS, iPad, moneyball, Tablet Command, tradition, training

Tribal Tradition to Shared Excellence

Posted by TC Admin on Mar 5, 2016 2:59:25 PM

Guest post by Eric Tomlinson. Eric is a Deputy Chief with the Kent Regional Fire Authority in Washington State

 

Much has been said about the brotherhood of the American Fire Service. Put firefighters from neighboring departments together at a conference, watering hole, or other neutral ground and we will buy each other beverages and compare our Maltese tattoos until the wee hours, celebrating our brotherhood of public service. For some reason though, when we broach the subject of change to our practices or operations with our mutual aid neighbors, we suddenly become very tribal and defensive. After all, most of us were hired by a Fire Chief who told us that

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Topics: Apple, shared excellence, mutual aid, tribal thinking, best practices, consistency, firefighter, incident command, iPad, iPad Pro, regional, SOPs, Tablet Command, tradition, training, Uncategorized

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

The iPad Pro: Poised to Transform Emergency Services

Posted by Andy Bozzo on Sep 9, 2015 4:19:22 PM

Apple’s release of the iPad Pro unveiled a world of new possibilities to me both as a Fire Captain and as the founder of a tech company that provides Incident Management software.

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Topics: Apple, Apple Watch, mobile command, mobility, Blog, iPad, iPad Pro, Tablet Command

Your iPad Choices

Posted by William Pigeon on May 8, 2015 2:24:21 PM

As the technical lead for Tablet Command, the most frequent question I hear is “Which iPad should my department get?”

The answer comes with some personal preference but some absolute requirements or recommendations. I’ll walk you through the difficult questions that everyone wonders about. I’ll start by getting to the point and then explain the different options.

 

My official recommendation for public safety (fire) users:

iPad Air 2
64GB
Wifi + Cellular (includes GPS receiver)

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Topics: Blog, iPad, iPad Pro

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