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Everything Smart Firefighting is a podcast covering technologists, innovators, companies, and forward-thinking public safety agencies with real world deployments of smart technologies. Learn from interviews with leaders in public safety, government, industry, cyber-physical systems, and more.

The hosts, Kevin Sofen and Mike Mocerino, are founding members of the WeRespond smart firefighting community. They are both passionate about smart technologies and the future of public safety.

Behind Let's Talk Fentanyl - Christina Baxter

Kevin talks with Christina Baxter about her experiences and what she hopes people will take away from “Let’s talk Fentanyl”

Behind Let's Talk Fentanyl - Caleb Holt

Kevin sits down with Caleb Holt to talk about his qualifications and his background on First Responders and Fentanyl.

Let's talk Fentanyl - Full Podcast

The full 2 and half hour Fentanyl podcast. In this series, our experts tackle what is Fentanyl, The PPE available to first responders when in contact with Fentanyl, the detection process, and finally the decontamination process.

Let's talk Fentanyl - Part 4 - Decon

In the final part of our Fentanyl discussion, our experts dive into Fentanyl decontamination. They talk about how processing has changed because of Fentanyl, and offer solutions and techniques to help those in the field.

Let's talk Fentanyl - Part 3 - Detection

Continuing the Fentanyl discussion our experts dive into detection methods and what tools are available to first responders. Our experts walk through the best practices for Fentanyl detection and on-scene decision making.

Let's talk Fentanyl - Part 2 - PPE

The second part in a 4 part series on Fentanyl. Our experts dive into what are the warning signs? How to identify an overdose? and what PPE gear can do to reduce risk?

EP 16: Zac Rudzki of TechNexus discusses who they are, the innovation they are bringing to the fire industry, and the Smart Cities event July 24-25th.

Zachary Rudzki is the manager of TechNexus‘ Innovation and Strategy division. Kevin finds out who TechNexus is and what they do to bring innovation to the first responder industry. They also discuss how TechNexus serves as the industry liaison to Homeland Security. Finally Zac tells us more about the SCITI Labs Smart Cities event that is going on in Chicago July 24th and 25th. 

Let's talk Fentanyl - Part 1 - What is Fentanyl?

The first part in a 4 part series on Fentanyl, and what is happening in the first responder industry because of it. The series includes experts Caleb Holt, Christina Baxter, Jason Tracy, Evan Durnal, Michael Cashman, and Paul Siebert. In Part 1 we ask what is Fentanyl?

E15: Brian Cummings of Gram Tactical discusses Gear ready Accessible Medication, and Devices that Administer Medication on the Battlefield.

Brian Cummings is the CEO of Gram Tactical, the company focuses on creating solutions for administering medication on the battlefield. Brian explains the advantages of medication taken orally compared to injected. Kevin asks what Gram Tactical’s plans are for introducing solutions to first responders and how they are shaking up the first response medication industry.

You can find out more about Gram Tactical here.

E14: James Geering of Behind the Shield discusses Firefighter Wellness, PTSD, Sleep Deprivation, and Exercise and Diet in the Fire Industry.

James Geering is a Firefighter/Paramedic with twelve years of experience in the fire Industry. James produces a podcast called “Behind the Shield” where he speaks to members of the fire industry and explores topics including firefighter exercise and nutrition, PTSD, sleep deprivation, and more. James takes a strong stance on challenging the status quo and finding solutions to problems that are plaguing firefighters.

Behind the Shield can be found here.

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E13: Cody Blount of ResponderX on TaskForceTracker, Mayday Situations, and Tracking Firefighters through the years

Cody Blount is the Director of Client Relations of ResponderX, he has 20 years of experience in the emergency responder and fire service industry. ResponderX was founded in 2015 to engineer technology-enhanced safety solutions for emergency services. ResponderX is best known for the TaskForceTracker which is a wearable device for tracking and locating personnel on emergency scenes. The system is completely independent of radio repeaters or internet connectivity and can work in the most hostile environments including heavy structures or remote wilderness.

To learn more ResponderX visit their website here.

E12: Fire Captain Kirk McKinzie of Cosumnes CSD Fire Department on Technology in the Fire Industry, AUDREY, and the Future of Firefighting

Kirk McKinzie is a fire captain at Cosumns CSD Fire Department with over 29 years of hands-on emergency responder and rescue experience. Kirk is an advocate of first responders adopting technology-based solutions to modern problems. Kevin and Kirk discuss virtual reality and the impact it could have on emergency responder training in the future. Kirk believes technology can be used to educate the public on what to do during an emergency while responders are still in transit. The two of them dive into AUDREY and what it could mean for the future of firefighting.

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E11: Jeff Kunst of TRX Systems, on GPS dead zones, FirstNet, and what's to come in 2018

TRX Systems delivers solutions to indoor location tracking where GPS is unavailable. GPS is an invaluable tool that has found itself used almost everywhere, but most people fail to realize that GPS won’t work while inside a building. Without the aid of GPS, safety personnel have turned to using verbal communication to provide their position to a command post. The Neon personnel tracker from TRX Systems works to make first responders safer by always knowing where they are located inside of a building. With the adoption of FirstNet first responders should keep an eye on TRX and how their technology will impact the future. 

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E10: Cory Hohs of HAAS Alert, on Responder to Vehicle Communications, Autonomous Vehicles, and Firefighting Safety.

Emergency vehicles have used the same method of lights and sound to alert drivers to their presence for years. However, each day emergency vehicles are hindered by drivers too distracted by their own music or navigational devices to notice the lights and sounds of an emergency vehicle. This has led to emergency vehicle crashes that can cost a city thousands of dollars in damages, a problem that HAAS ALERT is trying to solve with their innovative device. Cory and Keven also dive into Autonomous cars and the problems still facing them and how HAAS Alert might offer a solution.

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E9: Jeff Adams, of Cobalt Speech, on Voice and Audio Technology in the Fire Service.

Jeff Adams, CEO and founder of Cobalt Speech talks with Kevin about speech technology, keyword spotting, voice assistant, and using audio as a monitoring system. Jeff has over 20 years of experience in speech and language technology. In this episode Kevin and Jeff explore the possibilities of audio and voice technology being applied to the fire industry..

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E8: Caleb Holt, of TEEX Product Development Center, on UnderFire and the innovative products of 2018

Caleb Holt, Center Manager of TEEX Product Development Center, sits down with Mike Mocerino to discuss an upcoming event called UnderFIre. UnderFire will be at Texas A&M University’s Disaster City and will feature the 20 most innovative technologies in the county competing to win the most innovative new product of 2018.The event will take place March 8-9th and is open to registration right now.

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E7: Clive Savacol, of Vault Exposure Tracker, discusses Incident Tracking, Health and Safety Practices in the Fire Industry

Kevin Sofen and Clive Savacol discuss new technology that helps prevent cancer in the fire service. VaultRMS works toward tracking fire incidents and finding ways for firefighters to reduce their risk of cancer and other chronic health issues. Leadership that pays attention to their departments health and well being will have less health incidents and better performance. 

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E6: Paul, of TEEX, on bringing First Responders into the Development Cycle, New Technology in the Fire Industry.

Kevin sits down with Paul from TEEX, about making First Responders a part of developing new technology. New technology needs to work for first responders, a technology that solves one problem but creates two more won’t be successful. Paul and Kevin also touch on First Responders being asked to aid in active shooter incidents. First Responders need different types of equipment to deal with these situations.

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E5: Dr. James Mullins FLAIM Systems on immersive VR/AR, haptics, training scenarios, and the future of training

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) are hot technology topics. Are these technologies the future of training for public safety? Dr. James Mullins, CTO of FLAIM Systems, has developed FLAIM Trainer which combines Immersive VR with a patented haptics feedback system and real equipment to provide a unique emergency services training experience. Kevin and James explore the world of virtual and augmented reality, and the future of fire fighter training.

E4: Brett Ries on Cobb County's UAS program, training, COAs, and all things drones

If you’ve been paying attention drones, robotics, waivers, and regulations are hot topics in public safety. After talking about the potential of UAVs for many years, they are now having a shining moment, with major departments beginning to embrace the technology. Our guest today, Brett Ries, is the UAS Coordinator for Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services. Join us as Brett distills drones, training, regulatory issues, and program fundamentals.

E3: Peter Darley (W.S. Darley & Co.) on TechNexus Roundtable and innovating with DHS

From first responder technology to cybersecurity, technology is advancing faster than the average company can keep up. Layer in the government procurement process and compliance constraints and it can make for a long and arduous innovation process. That’s why Department of Homeland Security CTO Mike Hermus and Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa and their teams are attacking the challenge head on. Todays guest, Peter Darley (W.S. Darley & Co.) shares insights from a recent innovation roundtable at TechNexus and how industry can help innovate DHS.

E2: Caleb Holt TEEX PDC on UnderFire response innovation showdown

In this episode, we discuss an upcoming event hosted by TEEX. This event, UnderFire, will bring 20 of the top innovations to Disaster City for a competition to find the best new technology for first responders. 

E1: Welcome to the Smart Firefighting Podcast is proud to announce the launch of our new podcast. In this episode, Mike and Kevin discuss the idea of Smart FireFighting, the NIST special Publication “Research Roadmap for Smart FireFighting”