Building-installed safety systems, mobile devices, and software application technology are being used more extensively in the fire service for a variety operations and functions to support incident command. But how is technology being used to monitor and improve firefighter health and safety? Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #8 states, “Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.”
To further examine the current state of technology to improve firefighter outcomes in these areas, RescueAir sponsored and participated in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) two-day Fire Service Technology Summit in Oakland, California on July 25-26, 2016. The summit included presentations by experts and researchers in the areas of health, risk reduction, communication, and safety followed by breakout sessions and reports with attendees.
“Our involvement represents a major commitment by RescueAir to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in its efforts to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries,” said Anthony J. Turiello, CEO of Rescue Air Systems, Inc. “Examining how these technologies are used on fire-ground operations, prevention tactics, training and communications, also supports our efforts to Build a Legacy of Safety for the entire U.S. Fire Service.”
“The generous support from RescueAir for the National Fire Service Technology Summit is a tremendous boost in our efforts,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “By understanding how these technologies are currently being used and the potential for other operations, we believe we will continue to see great improvements in the health and safety of our nation’s firefighters.”
A report summarizing the Summit discussions and recommendations will be released soon by the NFFF.
The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. The NFFF also works with the fire service to help prevent and reduce line-of- duty deaths and injuries. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact them at 301-447-1365 or visit www.firehero.org.
Watch the video of the FARS presentation: