Down the Dark, Smoky Hallway—What Firefighting and Startups Have in Common

by Andy Bozzo

December 01, 2016 Posted in mobile incident software, startup, Tablet Command

I love the variety of experiences I have every day as a firefighter. The constant stimulus suits my ADHD personality. On any given day, I could be involved ina house fire, a rope rescue, a wildfire, a terrorist attack (God forbid), or a major earthquake. We train for all of it—in fact, training is the one constant—and there’s instant gratification and constant motion all the time. Hurray dopamine! Starting a business provides some of the same types of stimulus. It’s an adventure into[…]

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

by Andy Bozzo

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?[…]

Rapid Accountability

by Andy Bozzo

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![…]

Baby Steps

by Andy Bozzo

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

Opening Day

by Andy Bozzo

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.[…]

Tribal Tradition to Shared Excellence

by TC Admin

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[…]

Bold Vision to Reality

by Andy Bozzo

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.[…]

From Fatness to Fitness: The Modern Firefighter

by Andy Bozzo

February 24, 2016 Posted in Blog, calories, cardiac, firefighter, fitness, Tablet Command

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.[…]

The iPad Pro: Poised to Transform Emergency Services

by Andy Bozzo

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.[…]