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47 minutes | a day ago
Episode 83: Jaap De Vries and FM Global
Kevin sits down with Jaap de Vries VP Innovation, Science & Technology. They discuss the use how to use fire fundamentals to drive guidance on decision making. How to decrease or increase a fire. How to operationalize technology to drive innovation, risk reduction and overall safety goals. What is FM Global and how to get involved and much much more.
44 minutes | a month ago
Episode 82: Interview with Caleb Holt
Kevin Sofen Interviews Caleb Holt on new technologies in the fire service. Safe Tech has their Pitch competition coming up sign up: http://bit.ly/stp-wsdarley
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Smart Firefighting NAFTD Interview
Kevin sits down with Ken Willette to recap of the first NAFTD virtual tradeshow, where are fire academies now? How has COVID forced changes? How technology can be an enabler for the fire training process What does the future smart fire training academy look like? How standard frameworks from NFPA can help ensure safety and spur innovation amongst industry, academia, and government. They Discuss the need for ecosystem engagement to spur conversations, engagement and sharing of best practices Ken Willette is the Executive Director at https://naftd.org/
65 minutes | 6 months ago
Data in the Fire Service
Data swirls around fire operations—resource deployment, turnout times, response times, minimum staffing levels, funding and exposures. Data also comes up when we’re asked to “prove” what we already know about our operational capability! But how do we capture this data, and how do we use it to make meaningful decisions?
25 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 81: Addressing Technology Adoption with Brian Ward from Georgia Pacific
Kevin sits down with Brian Ward Global Safety & Health, Manager Emergency Preparedness and Response Leader of Georgia Pacific to talk about technology adoption in the fire service. Covid-19 has shaken the world up and the first responder industry is no different. They discuss technology and what is being adopted into the services. They also discuss the reduced risk and efficiency increase from proper implementation.
48 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 80: Smart Cities in a World Full of Pandemics with Paul Doherty
Kevin sits down with Paul Doherty the President and CEO of The Digit Group, inc. They discuss the behavior changes to the new normal around corona virus. How will our decision-making change going forward? Has the pandemic caused designers of smart cities take a second look at their designs? Is it time to start building cities around life without automobiles? The Digit Group, inc is a company that provides industry-leading technology and management consulting services around the globe. Their delivery capability is anchored in an integrated set of core competencies that span people, processes and technology. Their service capabilities are coupled with practice competencies in Enterprise Search, Data Capability, Enterprise Mobility, System Administration, Web Software Engineering, Enterprise Solution, Information Management, Corporate Compliance, and Legacy Migration to name a few. The Digit Group is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner with extensive technology experience in web enabled business solutions, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft SharePoint and related technologies, Oracle, J2EE and Open Source
59 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 79: Understanding COVID19 From a First Responder Perspective with Bobby Halton
Kevin sits down with Bobby Halton, American Firefighter, to talk about COVID19 and how the fire service is changing to meet the challenge. They talk about how this the virus ties into lessons learned around cancer mitigation and exposure risk. Bobby discusses how this is not really a black swan event because the fire industry knew something like this was coming, eventually. They compare COVID19 to past historical events like the Spanish Flu, and how we can prepare in the future. Kevin brings up innovations in technology and how they can play a role around first responders addressing COVID19. They talk about innovations and Bobby talks about which technologies he is most excited for and which ones he is most afraid. Click below to listen to this episode of the Smart Firefighting Podcast.
28 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 78: Community Risk Reduction with Brent Faulkner
Kevin sits down with Brent Faulkner a battalion chief in southern California and CEO of Virtual CRR Inc. They discuss the 5 E’s of community risk reduction education, enforcement, engineering, economic incentives, emergency response. Brent explains why CRR is so important and gives detailed examples of communities practicing proper use of CRR. Kevin learns how individuals can play a role in improving community safety and what 2020 and 2021 could look like. Virtual Community Risk Reduction is an organized, cost-effective, and a metrically based way for any size organization to have a high-quality Community Risk Reduction program. It is tailored to the organization, providing your high-quality information to your communities, while gathering the valuable information you need.
60 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 77: INTERSCHUTZ 2021 "Digitalization & Transformation"
Kevin sits down with Stefan Truthan to talk about the postponed Intershutz show. They discuss the lessons learned around first responders, why Intershutz was postponed until 2021 instead of cancelling. How first responders are facing similar challenges around the world and need to explore ways to share best practices and learn from one another. They wonder what the future smart city looks like. How innovation can appear with big impacts and small. INTERSCHUTZ is the world’s leading trade fair for the fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security. It is a magnet for companies from all around the world seeking to develop new markets for their solutions. It’s also the go-to show for pros wanting to learn about the latest innovations and share expertise with their international peers. INTERSCHUTZ is in a class of its own internationally when it comes to the quality and number of visitors and exhibitors it attracts. Additional show notes: https://www.interschutz.de/en/news/news-articles/we-need-change-in-more-ways-than-just-digital-2817https://www.emergency-live.com/civil-protection/interschutz-2020-the-future-is-connectivity/ https://www.handelsblatt.com/today/companies/industry-4-0-four-mittelstand-firms-that-get-the-digital-economy/23572886.html?ticket=ST-295093-v6MOLPe3jfmyjd06orQY-ap2 https://www.mainpost.de/regional/kitzingen/Werkfeuerwehren-blicken-in-digitale-Zukunft;art773,10218167
21 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 76: Using Policies to Manage Risk with Scott A. Eskwitt
Kevin sits down with Scott Eskwitt of Director of Lexipol. They talk about risks in the fire service and which ones can be better managed. Do we need to change the culture and behavior of the fire service? Should policy chase behavior or should behavior chase policy? They dive into the difference between behavioral and policy problems and talk about what departments should do and have done to fix these issues. Scott is a former chief of the Fair Haven New Jersey fire department. Scott works for Lexipol, which is a company that serves public safety and local government by creating solutions for policy or training shortfalls. They use technology and years of experience to tackle their current challenges.
50 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 75: The Fire Service Culture and Training with Brian Brauer
Kevin sits down with Brian R. Brauer, Associate Director, at the Illinois Fire Service Institute. They discuss the role of the Fire Service Institute in the fire industry, they also dive into the fire service culture and how it has evolved over time. The fire service has been subject to many changes over the past few decades and that has changed the way firefighters are trained and what they are trained. To meet the challenges of todays fire training the Illinois Fire Service Institute has embraced technology and assimilated it in their training. Finally, they talk about the mental heath and cancer issues facing members of the fire service today. As the statutory fire academy for Illinois, the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) serves firefighters throughout Illinois and the world. World-class instructors deliver more than 14,000 class hours to students online, on campus and at regional training centers throughout the state.
35 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 74: Wellness in Fire Departments with Gamaliel Baer
Kevin sits down with Gamaliel Baer the Department Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services. They discuss health and wellness education in fire departments and what they are doing to help firefighters understand health risks. Gamaliel talks about the challenges he’s faced when trying to promote health education. Until recently firefighters didn’t make learning about cancer and cardiovascular disease in the fire industry. The Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue is a combination system of nearly nine-hundred career and volunteer providers operating from thirteen stations across the County. The department is statutorily responsible for the administration of the affairs for the county in fire suppression and prevention, fire training, arson investigation, rescue services and emergency medical services. The bottom line is that health and wellness in the fire service needs to be a priority going forward. Data collection now will be paramount in saving the lives of fire service members in the future. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation First Responder Center for Excellence
32 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 73: Exploring the Benefits and Limitations of Technology in the Fire Industry with Stephen Kerber
Kevin sits down with Stephen Kerber, Vice President of UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. Together they discuss the role of UL in the fire industry, different research campaigns UL is involved in, benefits and limitations of technology, evolving fire standards, the challenges of training around the new NFPA 1403 training standards, the false sense of security technology sometimes creates, and more. UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) advances fire research knowledge and develops cutting edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting people and property. Working in partnership with the fire service, research departments, and agencies, UL FSRI executes firefighter research and makes the results widely available to the global fire community. With a team of pioneering experts and access to UL’s leading infrastructure, equipment, and vast knowledge and insights, UL FSRI conducts and disseminates research and training programs focused on the changing dynamics of residential, commercial, and industrial fires and the impact they have on strategies and tactics throughout the fire service. UL Xplorlabs is an educational platform designed to encourage students to “solve through science.” It is especially focused on engaging middle-school students during a time in their educational lives when interest in science is shown to decrease dramatically.
38 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 72: Virtual Reality and 360 Photography with Paul Speight
Kevin sits down with Paul Speight, Paul is the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Watch Manager. Paul works with emerging technologies such as virtual reality and 360 photography. In this episode they discuss Immersive learning training using 360 videos, the environmental, cost, and health benefits of virtual training. They also dive into interactive photorealistic training for arson investigation, and the case study of Leicestershire’s fire service using VIVE. #VR #VirtualReality #VIVE #360Video #virtualtraining
32 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 71: The Evolution of Technology and Firefighters with Chief Dan Munsey
Kevin sits down with Chief Dan Munsey to talk about technology and where it is leading us. Are we leading technology or following it? How is the next generation of firefighters using this technology? What can a departments leadership do to encourage sustainable technology adoption? All this and more on this episode of the Smart Firefighting Podcast.
26 minutes | 10 months ago
News, Technology, and More January 2020
Kevin and Mike shake up their podcast format to bring you their personal experiences at CES, which includes deepfakes, 360 videos, drones, and more. They talk about recent news in the fire industry, including a partnership between Haas Alert and Pierce. They dive into what they are looking forward to this year and more on this episode of the Smart Firefighting Podcast. To contact Kevin Sofen email KevinSofen@Darley.com and Mike Mocerino at MikeMocerino@Darley.com
6 minutes | a year ago
Episode 69: Drone Sense the Next Step in Your Drone Program
Kevin sits down with Joshua Pruitt of Drone Sense to talk about soft ware options for a departments drone program. They discuss Drone Sense and the features they provide to make maintaining a drone program easier. DroneSense is a comprehensive solution that empowers public safety organizations to build, manage, and scale its drone program. DroneSense have partnered with first responders from day one to design a mission-critical software platform that enables you to leverage the full capabilities of drones in first responder operations. Whether departments have already obtained a few drones, or are contemplating how to start a program, DroneSense can help departments become fully operational. If you want to learn more about Drone Sense visit their website here.
12 minutes | a year ago
Episode 68: Hickory Fire Department – Pre-incident Command Planning
Kevin sits down with Brian Murray and Mark Scott of The Hickory Fire Department. They discuss how pre-incident planning has changed over the years from 3-ring binders and handwritten notes to modern computer programs that gather and store data. Brian and Mark talk about how user-friendly their programs have been and how invaluable they are to get the job done. They discuss the need for fire departments to embrace technology and continue to push for better and safer solutions. Brian and Mark imagine pre-incident planning evolving into heads up displays with updating real-time information. The future is bright for technology in the fire industry, and firefighters are ready for it. The Hickory Fire Department's goal is to prevent fires, save lives and property, and protect the environment. They are always looking for ways to improve their training and planning processes this makes them flexible in bringing on new technologies. The Hickory Fire Department strives toward improvement and listening to the needs of their community, to ensure their department answers the needs of the public throughout the City.
12 minutes | a year ago
Episode 67: Netage Fire Graph at FRI
At FRI, Kevin had a chance to sit down with Bart van Leeuwen CEO of Netage B.V. In this episode, Kevin and Bart discuss data in the fire industry and using it in real-time. Bart believes that getting the right information to first responders is more important than giving all the information available. Bart describes the challenge of data management of first responders. The data is available, but getting it to first responders in real-time is the real challenge. Bart talks about focusing on the data needs of first responders instead of just creating an app or program that gives every little bit of information available. Netage B.V. uses smart data to prevent first responders from getting injured. Their knowledge graph prioritizes incident information from closed and open datasets linked in 20+ databases. Role-based information distribution drives business innovation for fire departments. Fire activity data combined with smart city data is providing fire departments a path into the future. Netage B.V. uses innovative data techniques to provide Smart Data for Smarter Firefighters.
12 minutes | a year ago
Episode 66: Paladin Drones at FRI
At FRI, Kevin had a chance to sit down with Divy Shrivastava of Paladin Drones. In this episode, Kevin and Divy talk about the need for greater situational awareness for first responders and how Paladin Drones has a solution to answer that need. 70% of the time, first responders do not know an emergency's exact location. On top of that, they know almost no details about the situation until after they've arrived on scene. Paladin Drones built a simple system to give first responders instant situational awareness. Seconds after a 911 call comes in, our software automatically dispatches a drone to the scene of the emergency, and streams a live video feed back to our app. Their software handles everything else in the background: security, safety, weather, video, route planning, and more. This way, you can focus on saving lives.
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