Episode 77: INTERSCHUTZ 2021 “Digitalization & Transformation”

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. They wonder what the future smart city looks like. How innovation can appear with big impacts and small. 

INTERSCHUTZ is the world’s leading trade fair for the fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security. It is a magnet for companies from all around the world seeking to develop new markets for their solutions. It’s also the go-to show for pros wanting to learn about the latest innovations and share expertise with their international peers. INTERSCHUTZ is in a class of its own internationally when it comes to the quality and number of visitors and exhibitors it attracts.

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Episode 76: Using Policies to Manage Risk with Scott A. Eskwitt

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 about what departments should do and have done to fix these issues.

Scott is a former chief of the Fair Haven New Jersey fire department. Scott works for Lexipol, which is a company that serves public safety and local government by creating solutions for policy or training shortfalls. They use technology and years of experience to tackle their current challenges.

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Episode 75: The Fire Service Culture and Training with Brian Brauer

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. The fire service has been subject to many changes over the past few decades and that has changed the way firefighters are trained and what they are trained. To meet the challenges of today’s fire training the Illinois Fire Service Institute has embraced technology and assimilated it into their training. Finally, they talk about the mental health and cancer issues facing members of the fire service today.

As the statutory fire academy for Illinois, the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) serves firefighters throughout Illinois and the world. World-class instructors deliver more than 14,000 class hours to students online, on-campus and at regional training centers throughout the state.