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Smart Firefighting Podcast covers real world deployments of smart technologies through conversation with technologists, innovators, companies, and forward-thinking public safety and government agencies. Learn from interviews with leaders as they share their insights and offer their expertise every week! ​ Host Kevin Sofen is a co-founding member of the WeRespond smart firefighting community who is very passionate about smart technologies, the future of public safety and the critical combinat ...
 
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Hello Smart Firefighting Community! Welcome to another episode of covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy! This is our second episode of our IAFC Technology Council Outreach Mini Series! Ever wonder why the pizza delivery g…
 
Hello Smart Firefighting Community! Welcome to another episode covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy! This episode is the first of many for our IAFC Technology Council Outreach Mini Series! Calling all entrepreneurs! Ever…
 
In this episode: - What is the goal of innovation? - How can we use the COVID crisis as a force for change? - How can we innovate on the fire truck? Guest Jay Johnson is the previous VP / General Manager of REV Technical Center and the current Senior Director for Marketing and Product Management at REV Fire Group, a leading designer and manufacture…
 
In this episode: - Who is the Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab? - How to leverage your frustration into innovation - How can we use data more effectively in the fire service? - A call to action for all innovators David Wild is a researcher, practitioner, educator and author in data science, biomedical research and crisis technologies. He is Profe…
 
What is the First Net Authority? Kevin and Garry dig into First Net and how it got started. They discuss how First Net can be a catalyst for innovation on the LTE network. It's not just big urban cities that benefit from the network, small-town rural fire departments can leverage these new capabilities to improve their infrastructure.…
 
In this podcast, we discuss: • Why the fire service must have the courage to lead the paradigm shift to an “Automatic Fire Protection Model” for the 21st century. • Exploring the Prometheus Paradox - If we can make fire we can learn to control fire. • The perception of fire across America along with the risks & benefits of fire to our society • How…
 
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 mor…
 
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 i…
 
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?…
 
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…
 
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 au…
 
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 th…
 
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. Kevi…
 
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. The…
 
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 abou…
 
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 th…
 
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 healt…
 
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. DroneSen…
 
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 t…
 
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…
 
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 a…
 
At FRI, Kevin had a chance to sit down with Paige Day of E.M.I.L.Y Robot. In this episode, Kevin and Paige discuss water rescue and how drones designed to be used in water can save lives without putting first responders at risk. With much of the talk on Drones, often the water robotics get lost in translation. The EMILY water robot is being deploye…
 
At FRI, Kevin had a chance to sit down with Douglas Baily of Levrum Data Technologies. In this episode, Kevin and Doug discuss data technology for first responders and how it is collected, stored, and used. Kevin asks the questions. How can we visualize data and turn it into action? How can first responders make better decisions during an incident?…
 
At FRI Kevin had a chance to sit down with Jeff Powell of Autel Robotics. In this episode, Kevin and Jeff discuss the drone industry and the benefits Autel offers first responders. Autel Robotics is a US-headquartered drone manufacturer. They offer a wide range of platforms from fixed-wing, quadcopter, VTOL. They are dedicated to delivering ground-…
 
At FRI Kevin had a chance to sit down with Matt Sloan of SkyFire Consulting. They discuss the difference between owning a drone and owning a drone program. They also dive into what SkyFire does to help fire departments take their program to the next level; on this episode of the Smart Firefighting Podcast. SkyFire Consulting is an organization that…
 
Kevin sits down with John Tippett of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to talk about the history of the foundation, the 16 firefighter lifesaving initiatives, and innovations changing the fire services. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is an organization whose mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, to pr…
 
At FRI Kevin had a chance to sit down with Brett Skinner and Zach Braun of FireHUD to talk about their biotrac platform. FireHUD uses a passive system that monitors and collects physiological data from its users to track their biometric status. Firefighters exert themselves more than any other profession. Their physical and mental condition is crit…
 
At FRI Kevin had a chance to sit down with Michael Varney of FirstNet. They discuss how data is changing the public safety industry and how FirstNet is helping push this evolution. The mission of FirstNet is to deploy, operate, maintain, and improve the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.…
 
The Responder X Live event in Chicago brought industry leaders from the public safety market together to see and interact with the technology of tomorrow. First-Due re-thinks pre-incident planning by collecting, analyzing, and formatting occupancy data. First Due is an application that brings critical fire service-related data to firefighters on th…
 
The Responder X Live event in Chicago brought industry leaders from the public safety market together to see and interact with the technology of tomorrow. Wi-Fiber is a network solutions company providing innovative and flexible products to strengthen a cities network infrastructure. Wi-Fiber creates decentralized wifi hubs for a city’s municipalit…
 
Kevin sits down with CEO of Responder Ventures Bryce Stritiron. They discuss Responder X Live, what attendees can expect to see, and what they hope to achieve at the event. Responder X Labs has teamed up with Amazon web services, W.S. Darley, Verizon, and other industry leaders to showcase the next generation of technology for the first responder i…
 
Chief Dan Munsey is Assistant Fire Chief of San Bernardino Fire Protection district, the California Fire Chiefs Association Operations section president, and part of the IAFC technology council. Dan has decades of experience in the fire industry. He has seen the evolution of data in the fire industry and how much things have changed and haven’t cha…
 
Squishy Robotics is a company that designs robots from tensegrity structures. These robots are light-weight, low cost, and robust, capable of surviving large impacts while carrying a payload. Squishy Robotics hopes their shape-shifting robots will inspire researchers and push the boundaries of our technological advancement. Squishy Robotics was fun…
 
Wi-fiber is a company that creates network solutions for municipalities. Their organization focuses on finding innovative solutions to create private networks. They excel at creating plug and play networks that can be connected with additional nodes. One impressive advantage is that the system doesn’t require additional fiber past the first node. A…
 
Lumkani is a company that provides fire detection devices to informal settlements. The company’s fire detector is specifically designed to monitor informal settlements for rises in temperature. Millions of Rands of damage has been saved by these devices. The device was first conceived as a solution to problems with using standard fire detection sys…
 
Drones have become more accessible and affordable, which has led to first responders gaining a drone program. More than ever disaster response teams are using these drones to map the disaster area. Scholar Farms is a drone training company that trains industry professionals to use data collected from UAVs. Dr. Gregory Crutsinger worked in the ecolo…
 
Kevin and Mike sit down to talk about 2019 Under Fire event in Texas. Under Fire is an event in the fire industry for emerging technology, first responders, and vendors. Sponsored by Texas A&M Engineering Under Fire gives an opportunity for startups to showcase their new technology to an audience of first responders. The first day of Under Fire was…
 
Kevin sits down with Philip Tinsley of Venti LLC. They discuss hazmat sensing and how Venti’s Intelipod is a low-cost, lightweight solution to increase situation awareness. Venti LLC is a technology firm that provides first responders with innovations that enhance real-time data collection, giving first responders immediate situational awareness. T…
 
Mike sits down with Todd Stave of Blue Vigil. They discuss the common power problem with UAVs, Drone safety, and the advantages of tethers, on this episode of Smart Firefighting podcast. Blue Vigil is a company that manufactures, distributes, and supports tether power systems for drones. Their main offering is the RS1000 Ground Power System. The sy…
 
Kevin sits down with, Mauro Porcelli, the author of Surviving the Firehouse. They discussed Mauro’s firefighter and paramedic experience in the City of Orlando. He discusses how he decided that the premise of his book would follow a firefighter from first his first interest through his career to retirement. Kevin finds out which technologies most i…
 
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