Think before you invest in technology
Purchasing the latest technology is not always the right choice for a fire department. Brad Harvey, a member of Scott Safety's business intelligence team, suggests three keys to success when it comes to understanding technology applications in fire services: stay grounded, engage in innovation and leverage data.
Harvey discussed what's involved in those measures during Fire Fighting in Canada's webinar Exploring innovation, held on March 24.
Toronto Deputy Chief Darrell Reid, the webinar's second speaker, shared details about his department's recent technology advancements, including the Toronto Radio Infrastructure Project – a radio system designed for the city's fire, police and EMS services – and performance and analytics technologies such as DarkHorse Analytics and LiveMUM move-up module.
"We are a department that maybe hasn't always embraced technology as quickly as we might have," Reid said, "but in the past few years there has been a real step forward in terms of getting the right people into important positions who have that knowledge in terms of analytics, business intelligence, how to make business cases that are really developed and derived from evidence."
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