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Fire chiefs who devote time to establishing and perfecting a mobile strategy can save their departments time, money, and even lives in the long run.
FREMONT, CA: When it comes to complicated issues like resources, staffing, and safety, fire chiefs can look to mobile technology as a critical solution component. Smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches, when used effectively, can alter fire service communications, improve safety, and enable agencies to accomplish more with less.
Mobile technology is far more than just new communication tools; it is a sophisticated, adaptable computing platform that can replace specialized, limited-use equipment with widely available mobile computers with practically endless capabilities. Fire chiefs who devote time to establishing and perfecting a mobile strategy can save their departments time, money, and even lives in the long run. They may start discovering best-in-class applications that can address resource and financial challenges by streamlining their processes and improving communications at every level if they take a proactive approach.
Here are two instances of how fire departments can improve their efficiency and effectiveness by utilizing mobile technology.
Improve the Accuracy of the Reports
If something is not documented in the emergency services realm, it did not happen. When it comes to performance metrics, response delivery, and budgeting, fire chiefs understand the value of data. When creating reports, incident data is frequently complex, dispersed throughout multiple areas, and must be reentered. Employing reporting software that extends to mobile devices, agencies that commit to mobile technology may generate complete and accurate reports in less time. A well-designed mobile strategy can assist a fire chief in providing more detailed data to taxpayers to demonstrate that their tax dollars are being spent wisely.
Increase the Situational Awareness
The demand for fast, accurate communications technology is higher than ever as fire departments are pushed into a larger range of crises, including active shooter situations. Chiefs of fire departments should investigate the use of mobile technology to increase safety and situational awareness. One fire department, for example, uses mobile devices and the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) to coordinate wildfire and search and rescue missions. Many mobile devices include GPS, accelerometers, and other sensors that can assist commanders in tracking down every firefighter. A smartwatch worn beneath the turnout gear can detect a change in heart rate or a fall and send help to the scene. When firefighters are not on duty, mobile devices can aid in the promotion of fitness and health.